Donations

Nebraska Zephyr

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the Nebraska Zephyr. These donations will be used for the continued restoration of the train, including reupholstering seats, replacing carpeting, air conditioning repairs and curtain replacement to the first coach Venus, and more. Donations can be made in various increments up to

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New Haven 300

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the exterior restoration and repainting of New Haven 300. This EF-4 type electric freight locomotive was built in 1956 and at various times during its career ran on the Virginian, Norfolk & Western, New York New Haven & Hartford (New Haven), Penn

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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 543

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the ATSF 543, specifically prep, primer and paint work. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by

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Steam Locomotive Restoration

The museum has an exceptional collection of steam locomotives.  The focus in recent years has been restoration to operating condition, first of Frisco 1630 and then of Shay 5.  However, while we may restore other locomotives to operation, we are very conscious of the need to cosmetically restore and conserve

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Union Pacific 428 Restoration

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 by Burnham, Williams & Company, a predecessor of Baldwin. It was originally numbered UP 1648. With only minor changes, this design formed the basis

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J Neils Lumber 5 Shay

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the J Neils Lumber Company #5 Shay Steam Engine, specifically for ongoing maintenance and restoration costs. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are

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Frisco 1630

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the Frisco 1630 2-10-0 Steam Engine, specifically for ongoing maintenance and restoration costs. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the

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Fox River Electric 306 Restoration

Aurora Elgin & Fox River Electric 306 is a lightweight interurban car that ran along the Fox River between 1923 and 1935. IRM is now soliciting donations to fund the completion of restoration work on this historic car so that it can be displayed and operated for the public.

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North Shore Line Electroliner

As the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Electroliner approaches its 80th Anniversary in 2021, we are concentrating our efforts on restoring the Electroliner to operating condition. Donations of any size will be appreciated. We have developed a Rewards program (see below) to acknowledge our major donors, and all donations are

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Louisville & Nashville 314

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the L&N 314, specifically for electrical and mechanical work, and afterwards for body prep, primer and paint work. Donations can be made in various increments up to an amount of your choice. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all

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