Model Railroad Exhibit

The Hobby Shop/Model Railroad Exhibit features three operating model railroad layouts and one under construction. There is a huge O gauge display that IRM rebuilt by adding interactive components that…

Railroad china in Yard 5 Exhibit Cars at IRM

Yard 5 Exhibit Cars

In our exhibit cars in Yard 5, you'll find rotating exhibits focusing on specific oft-overlooked areas of railroad history. In addition to some long-time exhibits, there are limited-time exhibitions that…

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

Freight Train Exhibit

From the earliest days of railroading right up to the present, the movement of freight has been a primary role of railroads. Two of the cars in the Freight Train…

Barn 3

Barn 3 is one of our train exhibit buildings, or barns. In Barn 3 you'll find restored Pullman sleeping cars, elegant private cars, dining cars, and coaches on display. Walk…

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 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…

Hoffman Bus Garage

The Hoffman Bus Garage, home to many of our preserved buses and trolley buses, is one of our equipment exhibit buildings. The Illinois Railway Museum's collection mostly consists of railway…

Signal Display at IRM - railroad signals

Signal Display

The Signal Display at the Illinois Railway Museum, located along the north side of Barn 4, includes a wide variety of railroad signals. Signals on the railroad are every bit…

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