Donations

Rotory Snow Plow

We are raising funds to cosmetically restore our Rotary Snow Plow, Built in 1949 by the Lima Locomotive Works for the Union Pacific Railroad. Repainting of this historic steam-powered rotary plow will restore one of the museum's most popular display pieces to its appearance in service.

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Nebraska Zephyr

The jewel of the museum's collection is the "Nebraska Zephyr." Donations will be used for the continued restoration of this historic train including reupholstering seats, replacing carpeting, air conditioning repairs and curtain replacement to the first coach Venus, and more.

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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 once it is restored it will be the only New Haven electric locomotive preserved as such.

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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 543

For decades this unusual H10-44TS type locomotive worked as a switcher at Dearborn Station in Chicago moving some of the most famous trains in the country. The museum is raising funds to cosmetically restore Santa Fe 543, specifically for exterior repair work, paint and primer.

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Steam Locomotive Restoration

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.

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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. It has been undergoing a complete restoration for some time and work is steadily progressing towards making the engine operational.

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J Neils Lumber 5 Shay

J Neils Lumber Company #5 is the museum's Shay type geared steam locomotive. It has been restored to operation but funds are needed for ongoing maintenance and running repair work. Your contribution can help keep Shay #5 in steam for years to come.

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Frisco 1630

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.

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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. Won’t you get on board to help the Electroliner run again?

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