Diesel Locomotive Transportation Fund
IRM has a number of Diesel Locomotives currently being acquired for the collection. Each one will need to be transported over the general railroad system to get to the museum. This fund is being setup for those wishing to donate to the costs of moving these locomotives to the museum.
Chicago & North Western 515
Chicago & North Western 515 is an E8A passenger locomotive built by EMD in 1953. Donations are being sought to fund indoor storage space for this historic locomotive.
The best way to preserve our trains is to store them indoors and out of the weather. To make that happen, additional storage and exhibit buildings must be built. Donations to fund this construction can be made in various increments and can be applied to a department of your choice.
Diesel Restoration and Painting Fund
IRM proudly houses the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of diesel locomotives. At any given time, two or more of these engines are undergoing major restoration work in our shop including repainting, mechanical and electrical rehabilitation, and body work.
Toledo, Peoria and Western 800
The museum is looking to raise $23,000 to cover indoor storage and repainting costs for TP&W Alco C424 #800. This historic and fully operational locomotive has been moved to the museum but funds must be raised to house and restore it.
The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for equipment restoration for a specific department. Please choose the department that you would like to have the funds applied to. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice.
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 92
The "Warbonnet" locomotive is running - now it needs a fresh coat of red and silver paint! Your contribution to Santa Fe 92's fund will help make this restoration project a reality and return one of the museum's most famous diesel locomotives to its full glory.
The jewel of the museum's collection is the "Nebraska Zephyr." Donations will be used for the continued restoration of this historic train including reupholstering seats, replacing carpeting, air conditioning repairs and curtain replacement to the first coach Venus, and more.
New Haven 300
The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the exterior restoration and repainting of New Haven 300. This EF-4 type electric freight locomotive was built in 1956 and once it is restored it will be the only New Haven electric locomotive preserved as such.
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 543
For decades this unusual H10-44TS type locomotive worked as a switcher at Dearborn Station in Chicago moving some of the most famous trains in the country. The museum is raising funds to cosmetically restore Santa Fe 543, specifically for exterior repair work, paint and primer.