The museum is only open for the Happy Holiday Railway event

Traction Weekend

Traction Weekend will highlight the electric railroads that once blanketed the Chicago area. Dozen of antique streetcars, interurban cars, and elevated railway cars will be providing rides to attendees.

The focus for Traction Weekend in 2019 will be on transportation before the Age of the Automobile. Saturday the focus will be on intercity transportation including heavyweight interurban cars from the North Shore Line and, from the Chicago Aurora & Elgin, the only operating four-car interurban train in the country. A special feature will be the “Tangerine Limited,” a three-car train of interurbans from the Illinois Terminal including an open-platform parlor-observation car.

Sunday the focus will be on intracity transportation, highlighting the elevated cars that provided transportation throughout Chicago over the last 120 years. Wooden elevated cars, including a recently-restored Pullman ‘L’ car built in 1898, will be carrying passengers. Joining them will be steel ‘L’ cars from the 1920s, “spam can” lightweight elevated cars from the 1950s, and stainless-steel CTA ‘L’ cars from the 1970s. Restored wooden streetcars from the Chicago Surface Lines will be in operation both days as well as newly-restored Chicago & West Towns car 141 and the museum’s Veracruz open car.

Along with the electric cars the museum’s famous steam engine, Frisco 1630, will be providing rides on a train of 100-year-old coaches.

Don’t miss this chance to step back in time to before the automobile was king!

For hours, admission prices, and scheduled operating equipment on June 29th click here.

For hours, admission prices, and scheduled operating equipment on June 30th click here.

  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • June 30, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM

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Traction Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
June 30, 2019

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Traction Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
June 30, 2019

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