Donations

Pullman Palm Lane

Donations are needed to fund the preservation and restoration of Pullman heavyweight car 'Palm Lane,' an historic sleeper-buffet-lounge-"sunroom" solarium car built in 1929.

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Pullman John Greenleaf Whittier

Pullman John Greenleaf Whittier

Donations are needed to fund the restoration of Pullman heavyweight car 'John Greenleaf Whittier', an historic 12-1 sleeping car built in 1929.

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Pullman Villa Real

Donations are needed to fund the transportation of Pullman heavyweight car 'Villa Real', a fully-restored 10-3 sleeping car built in 1911, from its current location in North Carolina to the IRM site in Union.

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Passenger Car Restoration

Donations are needed to fund restoration work on the Illinois Railway Museum's collection of historic railroad passenger cars. At any one time, several passenger cars are undergoing restoration and heavy maintenance work performed by museum volunteers and funded through private donations.

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Silver Car Fund

Donations are needed for restoration, maintenance, and upkeep work on the Illinois Railway Museum's fleet of historic stainless-steel passenger cars. These "Silver Cars" are operational but need interior restoration work, replacement of worn-out components, and some new windows.

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Pullman John McLoughlin

Donations are needed for ongoing restoration work on Pullman heavyweight sleeping car 'John McLoughlin', an ex-Great Northern 8-1-2 sleeper built in 1928. Restoration goals in need of funding include steel replacement on one vestibule end, new traps, platform repair, and new steps.

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Pullman Mt Harvard

Donations are needed for the continued restoration of Pullman solarium car 'Mt Harvard', a heavyweight steel car that was acquired in 2015. Extensive interior restoration work has already been completed. Anticipated restoration costs include sand-blasting the car's roof and repainting its exterior.

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Milwaukee Road 126

The Illinois Railway Museum is fundraising to move Milwaukee Road "Buffeteria" 126 from Chamberlain, South Dakota, to the museum's campus in Union, Illinois. The 126 is being donated to the museum, and IRM needs your help to get the car to Union.

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Pullman Car Pawnee

Donations are needed to cover the cost of transporting and housing the historic Pullman observation car Pawnee, one of the last heavyweight private cars ever built.

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Milwaukee Road Lake City

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the Milwaukee Road Lake City, a heavyweight observation car recently acquired from an individual in Wisconsin. Donations are to cover acquisition and transportation costs and to pay for indoor track space. Estimated costs are about $26,000. Donations can be made in various

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