Exhibits

  • Model Railroad Exhibit

    The Model Railroad Exhibit, located in the Multi-Purpose Building, features two operating model railroad layouts. One is a large O gauge display that IRM rebuilt…

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  • 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Signs and Entablatures

    Spread out around the museum grounds you'll find more than a dozen restored signs, entablatures, and stonework salvaged from railroads and railroad stations. Numerous lit…

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