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 rail travel, powerful streamlined electric locomotives, and the most famous train at IRM, the stainless steel Nebraska Zephyr. Exhibits in Barn 9 include:
- The famous Nebraska Zephyr, an articulated, all-stainless steel streamlined train from the 1930s
- The largest steam engine at IRM, Santa Fe 2903, which was displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for decades
- Illinois Central 201, thought to be the only surviving steam engine operated by the famous Casey Jones
- A distinctive GG-1 streamlined electric locomotive built during World War II for the Pennsylvania Railroad
- One of the largest surviving “Mallet” articulated steam locomotives, Norfolk & Western 2050
- A high-speed 4-6-4 “Hudson” passenger locomotive from the Chicago Burlington & Quincy, number 3007
The Barn 9 exhibit building is open for self-guided tours whenever the museum is open. Barn 9 is located on Depot Street, just southwest of the Central Diner annex.