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Museum Showcase Weekend

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This is your opportunity to see and ride some of the less frequently run equipment at IRM as we honor the volunteers who make the museum work. There will be great photo opportunities too! On Saturday, trains will run into the evening past sunset.

Attractions planned during Showcase Weekend include operation of many less commonly seen items of diesel and electric equipment as well as museum's distinctive geared steam engine, Shay 5. Memberships good through 2021 will go on sale on the 19th.

Three trains will be in passenger service on the main line as will a number of streetcars on the loop. In addition:
• There will be demonstrations of mail collection / delivery from the RPO car
• A demonstration freight train will operate
• Limited rides will be available on some of the less commonly seen equipment (this will be limited by the difficulty of meeting sanitization requirements on some equipment)
• Additional equipment operating to provide photographic opportunities
• Some rarely seen items staged for photography

For those who have attended this event in the past, please note some key differences in 2020, primarily as a result of COVID 19 precautions:
• Ticket numbers for visitors will be limited and should be bought in advance. Members may enter using their new style membership card.
• We regret that there will be no barbecue this year. You are welcome to bring food or return to the site after going out to eat.
• Train capacities will be limited and you should not expect unlimited rides. Rides will generally be on a “first come, first served” basis but we anticipate that a boarding pass system will be in place at the depot at peak times to avoid excessive waits and large groups.

 

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.

Hours / Admission / Operating Schedule Information:

Electric trains and Diesel or Steam trains will be operating.

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Saturday, September 19th:
– J. Neils Lumber 5 and Steam Coach Train
– Chicago Transit Authority 4146, 4290, 4410, and 4412
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 309 and 319
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 409 and 431
– Chicago Transit Authority 3142
– Chicago Transit Authority 4391
– Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19
– Demonstration Freight Trains With Various Electric and Diesel Locomotives

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Sunday, September 20th:
– J. Neils Lumber 5 and Steam Coach Train
– Chicago Transit Authority 22, 41, 6655-6656
– Chicago Aurora & Elgin 409 and 431
– Chicago Surface Lines 144
– Chicago Transit Authority 3142
– Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19
– Demonstration Freight Trains With Various Electric and Diesel Locomotives

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

Museum Hours During This Event:
Saturday: 10:00AM to 9:00PM (Last admissions 7:00PM)
Sunday: 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 19, 2020
  • Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM

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Thank you Kindly

Museum Showcase Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
September 19, 2020

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Museum Showcase Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
September 19, 2020

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