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Schedule for 2020 finalized

The Illinois Railway Museum is pleased to announce that it has finalized its 2020 operating schedule. The schedule is available at www.irm.org/calendar

A list of special events planned for 2020 is on the museum’s hours and admission page. Popular family-themed special events including Bunny Trolley Hop, Day Out With Thomas™, Pumpkin Train, and Happy Holiday Railway are returning. Some of these events are being expanded with additional dates and attractions. Other popular events including Diesel DaysNight Trains on Labor Day Weekend, and Museum Showcase Weekend are also returning in 2020.

Color coding on special event days has been changed to indicate whether the event requires a special ticket (coded red) or whether general admission rates apply (coded orange). Passes are not honored on specially-ticketed events. One addition to the general operating schedule is that electric train operation will occur on Saturdays in April, starting on Saturday the 18th, for the first time in many years. Another addition to the schedule is that chartered train operation is now available on non-operating open weekdays (coded green) during the spring and fall. If you are interested in bringing a group to the museum and/or chartering a train on one of these dates, please contact our charter coordinator.

The museum will add information on operating equipment for each day to the online calendar soon. All information on train operations is subject to change dependent on volunteer availability and mechanical considerations. Make sure to check back at www.irm.org for updates.