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 museum has an exceptional collection of steam locomotives. We are very conscious of the need to cosmetically restore and conserve many locomotives, even those unlikely be operational in the near term, if at all. Upcoming restoration work will be focusing on our Illinois Central 2-6-0 Mogul.
Union Pacific 428 is the current major restoration project in the Illinois Railway Museum’s Steam Shop. It is a 2-8-0 “Consolidation” mixed-traffic locomotive built in 1900. It has been undergoing a complete restoration for some time and work is steadily progressing towards making the engine operational.
Frisco 1630, the museum's 1918 Baldwin 2-10-0 "Decapod," is the museum's most famous steam locomotive. Financial contributions are needed to effect ongoing maintenance and running repair work on this engine. With your support, Frisco 1630 will remain in steam for many years to come.