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IRM is open weekends only, advance tickets required

Labor Day Weekend

Purchase General Admission Tickets

Tickets for Saturday are sold out. Please only come to the museum on Saturday if you already have a ticket OR if you are a museum member.

New social distancing policies are in effect. 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.

Please note special hours for Saturday: the museum does not open until 2:00pm but is open until 9:30pm

The Illinois Railway Museum will be operating special trains after dark this year on Labor Day Weekend. Saturday and Sunday, September 5th and 6th, 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. This year we will not open until 2pm on Saturday.

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.

On Saturday and Sunday nights the museum’s geared steam locomotive, Shay 5, will be pulling a train of restored passenger coaches from the 1910s and 1920s. Electric interurban coaches from the Chicago Aurora & Elgin line, known as the "Great Third Rail," will operate as well.

Nighttime operations are open to all visitors on Saturday and Sunday. 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 5th:
– J. Neils Lumber 5 and Steam Coach Train
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 409 and 431
– Illinois Terminal 101
– Chicago Transit Authority 4391

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Sunday, September 6th:
– J. Neils Lumber 5 and Steam Coach Train (day)
– Rock Island 4506 and Diesel Coach Train (evening)
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 409 and 431
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 309 and 319
– Illinois Terminal 415
– Chicago Transit Authority 4391

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Monday, September 7th:
– J. Neils Lumber 5 and Steam Coach Train
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 409 and 431
– Chicago Transit Authority 30, 41, and 6655-6656
– Chicago Transit Authority 4391

Daily Admission Rates:
Adults $15.00, Senior $13.00, Children $11.00

Museum Hours During This Event:
Saturday: 2:00PM to 9:30PM (Last admission 8:00PM)
Sunday: 10:00AM to 9:30PM (Last admissions 8:00PM)
Monday: 10:00AM to 6:00PM (Last admissions 4:00PM)

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

Operation of equipment is expected to start within 60 minutes of opening and cease 30 minutes before closing.

Parking lot opens 30 minutes before museum and closes 30 minutes after.

  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • September 7, 2020
  • 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 7, 2020

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Labor Day Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Monday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
September 7, 2020

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