The museum is open daily through Sept 15th

Museum now accessible via public transit

Starting in 2019, the Illinois Railway Museum will be accessible to public transit users through the McHenry County’s Dial-A-Ride program, MCRide. This service will offer transportation between the Metra stations in Woodstock and Crystal Lake and the museum in Union. MCRide added the museum as a destination option starting in 2019.

Visitors interested in utilizing this service will need to arrange in advance for MCRide to pick them up at a specific time. Riders can go to the MCRide website or call 815-334-4960 to arrange for transportation between the Woodstock or Crystal Lake railway stations and the museum. The service is available Monday-Friday 6am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm with no service on holidays. IRM is closed until April but, after that point, Metra and MCRide will provide visitors with a way of getting to the museum from Chicago and the suburbs without a car. More information can be found here.