Modern Railroad Exhibit

Model Railroad Exhibit

The Model Railroad Exhibit and Hobby Shop features three operating model railroad layouts and one under construction. The exhibit is located in the Multi-Purpose Building on Main Street, just west…

Freight Train Exhibit at IRM - interior of refrigerated boxcar, or reefer

Freight Train Exhibit

***This exhibit is currently closed for rehabilitation work.*** From the earliest days of railroading right up to the present, the movement of freight has been a primary role of railroads.…

Post Office Gallery

Featured in the Post Office Gallery for a limited time during 2024 only, the Illinois Railway Museum is proud to present Requiem for Steam: Railroad Photographs of David Plowden, produced…

Milwaukee Road Museum

Milwaukee Road Museum

The Milwaukee Road Museum and Archives is operated by the Milwaukee Road Historical Association. Open only on certain Saturdays during the summer, it celebrates and preserves the history of the…

Railroad china in Yard 5 Exhibit Cars at IRM

Yard 5 Exhibit Cars

***This exhibit is currently closed for rehabilitation work.*** In our exhibit cars in Yard 5, you'll find rotating exhibits focusing on specific oft-overlooked areas of railroad history. In addition to…

Barn 3

Barn 3

***Barn 3 is currently closed for track rehabilitation work.*** Barn 3 is one of our train exhibit buildings, or barns. In Barn 3 you'll find restored Pullman sleeping cars, elegant…

CA&E 431 in Barn 6 Exhibit Building at IRM

Barn 6

Barn 6 is one of our train exhibit buildings, or barns. In Barn 6 you'll find interurban cars, freight equipment, and maintenance equipment from electric railways in the Chicago area…

Barn 7

Barn 7

Barn 7 is one of our train exhibit buildings, or barns. In our Barn 7 exhibit building you can tour the history of street railways in America, starting with horse-drawn…

Chicago Transit Authority 2153 and 2154 at IRM

Barn 8

Barn 8 is one of our train exhibit buildings, or barns. In Barn 8 you'll find restored 'L' cars from the Chicago rapid transit system, electric interurban cars from across…

CB&Q 3007

Barn 9

Barn 9 is one of our train exhibit buildings, or barns. In Barn 9 you'll find the true giants of the rails: huge steam engines from the golden age of…

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