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 streetcars and ending with the streamlined PCC streetcars from the 1940s that closed out streetcar service in Chicago and many other U.S. cities. There are also interurban and rapid transit cars. Exhibits include:
- Chicago horse-drawn streetcar number 8, built in the mid-1800s, which is IRM’s oldest piece of railway equipment
- The North Shore Electroliner, a four-car streamlined high-speed interurban train built in 1941
- “Old Pullman” streetcar number 144, one of 600 identical cars that plied the streets of Chicago for over 45 years
- The only surviving “Green Hornet” streamlined PCC streetcar from Chicago
- A 1940s articulated three-car ‘L’ train from Chicago that was nicknamed the “jitterbug”
Our Barn 7 exhibit barn is open for self-guided tours whenever the museum is open. Barn 7 is located on Depot Street, just southeast of the Central Diner annex.
Photo by Jacob Goldberg.