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.
The Illinois Railway Museum's General Fund is how the trains keep running and the doors stay open. Ongoing maintenance of railway equipment, fuel, electricity, and operating costs are supported by the General Fund, as are many of our capital improvements. Your donations help keep us a Museum in Motion.
The Model Railroad Exhibit is a planned indoor exhibition space which will educate visitors to the Illinois Railway Museum about the history of miniature and model trains. Donations are being solicited to fund the creation and maintenance of both operating and non-operating displays of model trains.
The Illinois Railway Museum’s Main Street Entrance Building is our next step into the future. This two-story, 36,000 square foot structure will anchor our historic 1950s Main Street scene and will feature exhibit space, lecture and film presentation halls, archival storage, offices, and expanded public facilities.
We are raising funds to cosmetically restore our Rotary Snow Plow, built in 1949 by the Lima Locomotive Works for the Union Pacific Railroad. Repainting of this historic steam-powered rotary plow will restore one of the museum's most popular display pieces to its appearance in service.
The Strahorn Library, located at 118 East Washington Street in nearby Marengo, is a non-circulating research library which focuses on all aspects of railroading. Reference materials include books, periodicals, professional journals, government publications, slides, and photographs.
The Pullman Library is an archive dedicated to the preservation of materials related to land transportation equipment including documents, drawings, correspondence, photos, negatives and books. This archive supports the conservation effort of IRM, other museums, railroads, and private rail car owners while also providing prototype information to modelers and model