Donations

Indoor Storage

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.

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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.

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Equipment Restoration

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.

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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.

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Nebraska Zephyr

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.

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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.

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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.

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Louisville & Nashville 314

The museum's most unusual "cab unit" may be L&N 314, a rare Alco FA freight locomotive. Work to make this locomotive operational is ongoing but is dependent on contributions. These will fund electrical and mechanical work, and later will provide for body prep, primer and paint work.

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