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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Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453

IRM has the opportunity to acquire Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453, one of the last series of traditional interurban cars ever built, and bring it home to Illinois. It is complete and in nearly original condition with relatively minor work needed to make it operational.

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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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Fox River Electric 306 Restoration

Aurora Elgin & Fox River Electric 306 is a lightweight interurban car that ran along the Fox River between 1923 and 1935. IRM is now soliciting donations to fund the completion of restoration work on this historic car so that it can be displayed and operated for the public.

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North Shore Line Electroliner

As the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Electroliner approaches its 80th Anniversary in 2021, we are concentrating our efforts on restoring the Electroliner to operating condition. Donations of any size will be appreciated. Won’t you get on board to help the Electroliner run again?

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