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.
On August 1st, 2021, the 30th Annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza will be held at the Illinois Railway Museum. The event brings together the "other" popular modes of transportation - cars, trucks, buses and more - on the campus of the nation's largest operating railway museum. It is one of the largest antique vehicle shows in the entire state of Illinois and among the most popular events at the museum.
In addition to some 500 antique vehicles that will be on display, the museum will be operating a variety of special equipment the day of the event. Frisco 2-10-0 1630 will be in operation, as will the "Nebraska Zephyr" and historic electric trains from the North Shore Line and Chicago Transit Authority. Streetcars including 1906 "Matchbox" 1374, "Green Hornet" 4391, and an open car from Veracruz, Mexico will carry passengers on the streetcar line.
Antique cars from Model T Fords all the way up to 1990s sports cars will be on display alongside historic motor buses, trucks, electric trolley buses, and military and other vehicles.
Participate in the Vintage Transport Extravaganza
The show is open to all vehicles from 2001 and older. For more information on attending or bringing a vehicle to the event, call the museum office at 815-923-4391 or download the PDF (coming soon) of the registration form.
Hours / Admission / Operating Schedule Information:
Electric trains and Diesel or Steam trains will be operating.
Equipment Scheduled to Operate:
- Frisco 1630 and Steam Coach Train
- Chicago Burlington & Quincy 9911A and the Nebraska Zephyr
- J. Neils Lumber 5 and Steam Caboose Train
- Chicago Aurora & Elgin 36, 309, and 319
- Chicago Aurora & Elgin 409, 431, and 460
- Cooperativa Transportes de Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19
- Chicago Transit Authority 3142
- Chicago Transit Authority 4391
Daily Admission Rates:
Adults $15.00, Senior $13.00, Children $11.00
Museum Hours During This Event:
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.