The museum is closed for the winter, reopening in April.

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 equipment from before the Age of the Automobile. Wooden elevated cars, including a recently-restored Pullman ‘L’ car built in 1898, will be carrying passengers. Wooden interurban coaches from the Chicago Aurora & Elgin will operate both days of the event. 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. Restored wooden streetcars from the Chicago Surface Lines will be in operation both days including “Red Rocket” car 144, built by Pullman in 1908, and “Matchbox” car 1374 dating to 1906.

Examples of some of the earliest steel electric cars will also be running, including heavyweight interurban cars from the North Shore Line, a lightweight high-speed car from the Illinois Terminal lines in St. Louis, and stainless-steel CTA ‘L’ cars from the 1970s. Early electric freight locomotives and maintenance-of-way equipment will also be operated as a demonstration.

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.

  • 7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA
  • June 30, 2019
  • Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM

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Thank you Kindly

Traction Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

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