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Trolley 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.

Trolley 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. For the 2022 event, there will be a different theme each day:

  • Saturday, July 2nd, ride an electric-powered passenger coach train or watch the overhead wire action from the cupola of our electric-powered caboose train. Interurban and rapid transit electric trains will also run.
  • Sunday, July 3rd, take part in a reenactment of the abrupt end of service on the Chicago Aurora & Elgin on this date 65 years ago. Several trains will be swapped out for other trains at that time, affording you the opportunity to ride and photograph many different types of traction equipment throughout the day.
  • Monday, July 4th, ride with us on steam and electric trains and see a rare sight at IRM: the operation of a demonstration freight train of historic restored freight cars, pulled by an electric locomotive.

Hours / Admission / Operating Schedule Information:

Electric trains and Diesel or Steam trains will be operating.

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Saturday, July 2nd (no steam or diesel trains this date):

  • Commonwealth Edison 4 and traction coach train ♿
  • Charles City Western 300 and traction caboose train
  • Chicago Rapid Transit 1268 and 1797 ♿
  • Chicago Transit Authority 4410 and 4412 ♿
  • Chicago Transit Authority 6655-6656
  • Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 749
  • Chicago Surface Lines 144
  • Chicago Transit Authority 4391

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Sunday, July 3rd:

  • Frisco 1630 and steam coach train ♿
  • Commonwealth Edison 4 and traction caboose train
  • Chicago Surface Lines 1374
  • Chicago Transit Authority 4391
  • Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19
  • Chicago Aurora & Elgin 36 and 319 (morning only)
  • Chicago Aurora & Elgin 409 and 431 (morning only)
  • Chicago Aurora & Elgin 309 (morning only)
  • Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 251 and 749 (afternoon only) ♿
  • Illinois Terminal 277, 518 and 234 (afternoon only) ♿

Equipment Scheduled to Operate on Monday, July 4th:

  • Frisco 1630 and steam coach train ♿
  • Charles City Western 300 and demonstration traction freight train
  • Chicago Transit Authority 6655-6656
  • Illinois Terminal 101
  • Chicago Surface Lines 1374
  • Chicago Transit Authority 4391

Daily Admission Rates:
Adults $16, Senior $14, Children $12

Museum Hours:
Trains operate hourly 11:00am to 4:00pm or more often as needed.
The Museum grounds open at 10:00am and close at 6:00pm.
The parking lot opens at 9:30am and closes at 6:30pm.

All equipment, schedules and prices subject to change without notice.

♿ = this train is wheelchair-accessible

  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • July 2, 2022
  • Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM

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Trolley Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
July 2, 2022

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Trolley Weekend

7000 Olson Road, Union, Illinois 60180, USA

Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM
July 2, 2022

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