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The museum is open on weekends.

Labor Day Weekend

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Before you visit, even if you have been a regular visitor in the past, please take the time to review the procedures and policies listed at this link.

The Illinois Railway Museum will be operating special trains after dark this year on Labor Day Weekend. Saturday and Sunday, September 3rd and 4th, steam and diesel trains will remain in operation long past the museum’s normal closing time of 6:00pm and will carry museum visitors until 9:30pm.

Take a Step Back in Time This Labor Day Weekend

The museum's goal is to provide a different, more immersive experience. Riding trains at night is very different than during the day and nighttime operations in previous years have provided a thrilling "time machine" experience to visitors. The museum's restored neon signs will be lit up and visitors will be able to see things not usually encountered during the day, like kerosene lanterns and headlights on all the trains. The Santa Fe sign from Michigan Avenue located at the front of the parking lot will be illuminated as will the recently-restored Union Pacific sign from Omaha. There will be many great twilight photo opportunities for photographers.

Nighttime operations are open to all visitors on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. The museum will also be operating trains during the day on Labor Day itself, including the steam train and electric streetcars.

 

Hours / Admission / Operating Schedule Information:

Electric trains and Diesel or Steam trains will be operating.

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Saturday, September 3rd (Daytime):

  • Frisco 1630 and steam coach train ♿
  • Shay 5 and steam caboose train
  • Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 749 and 251 ♿
  • Chicago Transit Authority 4410 and 4290 ♿
  • Chicago Transit Authority 41 and 22
  • Chicago Transit Authority 4391
  • Chicago Surface Lines 1374

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Saturday, September 3rd (Evening):

  • Frisco 1630 and steam coach train ♿
  • Chicago Aurora and Elgin 309 and 36
  • Chicago Rapid Transit 1797 and 1268 ♿
  • Chicago Transit Authority 3142

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Sunday, September 4th (Daytime):

  • Frisco 1630 and steam coach train ♿
  • Shay 5 and steam caboose train
  • CBQ 9911a and Nebraska Zephyr
  • Chicago Aurora & Elgin 431 and 409
  • Chicago Aurora & Elgin 309 and 36
  • Chicago Transit Authority 4391
  • Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Sunday, September 4th (Evening):

  • Frisco 1630 and steam coach train ♿
  • CBQ 9911a and Nebraska Zephyr
  • Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 749 and 251 ♿
  • Illinois Terminal 101
  • Chicago Transit Authority 3142

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Monday, September 5th:

  • Frisco 1630 and steam coach train ♿
  • Shay 5 and steam caboose train
  • CBQ 9911a and Nebraska Zephyr
  • Chicago Aurora & Elgin 309 and 36
  • Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 749
  • Chicago Transit Authority 4391
  • Chicago Surface Lines 144

Admission Rates:
Adults $16, Senior $14, Children $12

Museum Hours During This Event:
Saturday and Sunday: Trains operate every 30 minutes 11:00am to 8:30pm or more often as needed.
Monday: Trains operate every 30 minutes 11:00am to 5:00pm or more often as needed.
The Museum grounds open at 10:00am and close one hour after the last train departure.
The parking lot opens at 9:30am and closes 30 minutes after the grounds close.

All equipment, schedules and prices subject to change without notice.

  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • September 5, 2022
  • Monday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM

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Labor Day Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Monday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
September 5, 2022

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Labor Day Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Monday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
September 5, 2022

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