On August 6, 2023, the 32nd 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 Shay 5 and historic electric trains from the Chicago Aurora & Elgin 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 2002 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 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
- Shay 5 and steam caboose train
- Chicago Auora & Elgin 36 and 309
- Chicago Rapid Transit 1754, 1268, and 1797
- Chicago Transit Authority 4391
- Chicago Transit Authority 3142
- Chicago Surface Lines 1374
Adults $18, Senior $16, Children $14
Trains operate every 30 minutes 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.