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.
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.
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.
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.
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.