Groups and Charters

The Illinois Railway Museum, a fun and unique destination, welcomes groups of all sizes. Groups receive benefits like discounted tickets and reasonably priced rental spaces and are able to book docent-guided tours and  private train charters. Attractions and amenities include educational exhibits, a train-themed playground, several picnic groves around the property, and more. Outside catering is permitted (delivery must be coordinated with the museum). Parking is complimentary.

Read about visiting IRM here.


We have various group packages to make planning your day here even easier.

1) General Admissions Groups

2) Field Trips 

3) Birthday Parties and Outings

4) Weddings


The museum currently offers docent-guided tours of Barn 3 (Freight and Passenger Cars) and Barn 9 (Steam and Diesel Locomotives) as well as History and STEM tours for PreK-12 students.

Tours of the diesel, electric, and steam­ maintenance, repair, restoration shops are also available.

Rental Spaces 

Historic East Union Depot (Seats 30)

Central Avenue Pavilion (Seats 50)

Grassy Areas for Tents (Seats 100+)

Private Train Chartering

Groups may charter a private diesel, electric, or steam locomotive or train or coach, dining, and passenger cars.

Contact Us

Please contact us at 815-923-4391 for details.

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