Donations

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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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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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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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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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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Denver & Rio Grande Western 1108 Silver Pony

Donations are needed for the continued restoration of DRGW 1108 'Silver Pony', a stainless steel vista dome car that was built for use on the famed California Zephyr. Restoration costs include body and dome window replacement, wall panel replacement, carpet, upholstery, and a generator for the car.

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