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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 4th and 5th, 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.

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 4th:
– Frisco 1630 and Steam Coach Train
– Illinois Terminal 1605 and Diesel Caboose Train
– Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 251 and 749
– Chicago Transit Authority 4290 and 4412
– Northwestern Elevated Railroad 24
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 460
– Chicago Surface Lines 144
– Chicago Transit Authority 3142
– Electric Trolley Bus operation will take place

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Sunday, September 5th:
– Frisco 1630 and Steam Coach Train
– Chicago Burlington & Quincy 9911A and the Nebraska Zephyr
– Illinois Terminal 1605 and Diesel Caboose Train
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 309 and 319
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 409 and 431
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 460
– Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 251 and 749
– Chicago Surface Lines 1374
– Chicago Transit Authority 3142

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Monday, September 6th:
– Frisco 1630 and Steam Coach Train
– Chicago Burlington & Quincy 9911A and the Nebraska Zephyr
– Illinois Terminal 1605 and Diesel Caboose Train
– Chicago Transit Authority 22 and 41
– Chicago Transit Authority 6655-6656
– Cooperativa Transportes de Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19
– Chicago Surface Lines 144

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 admission 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.

Special Events

Event details

  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • September 4, 2021
  • Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM

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Labor Day Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
September 4, 2021

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Labor Day Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
September 4, 2021

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