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.
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 night the museum’s 1918 steam locomotive, Frisco 1630, will be pulling a train of restored passenger coaches from the 1910s and 1920s. Electric interurban coaches from the North Shore Line, which once connected Chicago and Milwaukee via a high speed line through Skokie, will operate as well. On Sunday night the famous Nebraska Zephyr streamliner will run at night. Accompanying it will be pre-1910 wooden interurban cars from the Chicago Aurora & Elgin.
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:
Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Sunday, September 6th:
Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Monday, September 7th:
Daily Admission Rates:
Adults $15.00, Senior $13.00, Children $11.00
Museum Hours During This Event:
Saturday and 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.