Donations

Milwaukee Electric Locomotives

The Illinois Railway Museum has the best collection of electric locomotives in the country and several are from the Milwaukee Electric, a vast interurban system that once blanketed eastern Wisconsin. These locomotives are in need of funding for restoration work to put them into service. Locomotive L3 is in need

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North Shore 604 Restoration

The only overhead line car from the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee preserved intact, car 604 has for many years been instrumental in maintaining the trolley wire at IRM. The museum is now soliciting donations for rebuilding of this historic car's trucks and traction motors so that it can again

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Motor Bus Department

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the Motor Bus Department. These donations will be used to secure new additions to the collection, ongoing maintenance and restoration as well as our long term goal of erecting an additional storage facility. Donations can be made in various increments up to

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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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Denver & Rio Grande Western 1108 Silver Pony

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations 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. Donations are for restoration costs including body and dome window replacement, wall panel replacement, carpet, upholstery, and a

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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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J Neils Lumber 5 Shay

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the J Neils Lumber Company #5 Shay Steam Engine, specifically for restoring the locomotive to operating condition. 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

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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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Trolley Bus Department

The Illinois Railway Museum is soliciting donations for the Trolley Bus Department. These donations will be used for restoration projects and ongoing maintenance of the operating fleet. 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,

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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 and applied towards general indoor storage, or to

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