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Happy Holiday Railway

Holiday Light Experience Event Announced

Christmas 2020 will certainly be very different for all of us, but at Illinois Railway Museum, the “Museum In Motion” will keep on rolling with a modified Holiday event: Happy Holiday Railway: The Holiday Light Experience Join us for a ride on a heated streetcar around the grounds, which will

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IRM acquires low-floor bus from Janesville

The Illinois Railway Museum is pleased to announce that it has acquired Janesville (Wisconsin) Transit System 433, a diesel bus built in December 2001. The bus is a model D35LF constructed by New Flyer of America in St. Cloud, Minnesota as part of an order of seven buses. These replaced

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Pumpkin Train event cancelled for 2020

The Illinois Railway Museum has made the decision to cancel its annual Pumpkin Train event for 2020. Given the social distancing and other health safety measures currently in place, the museum feels that it would not be able to safely offer a full “pumpkin patch” experience as it has done

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Museum to reopen in late July

To our visitors, members and staff: The Illinois Railway Museum is now finalizing plans to reopen. Our absolute priority is everyone’s safety in these difficult times. We plan to open July 18-19 for members only and to both visitors and members beginning July 25-26. These dates are subject to our

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Statement issued by the Illinois Railway Museum 5/30/2020

Due to the great deal of uncertainty surrounding opening and operating our Museum campus consistent with public policy and health recommendations, the Illinois Railway Museum remains closed to the public until further notice and has elected to proactively cancel all previously-announced special events scheduled through September 15, 2020. The Museum

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Dayton trolley bus 9809

Dayton trolley bus joins IRM collection

The latest addition to the Illinois Railway Museum’s historic collection, electric trolley bus 9809 from Dayton, Ohio, arrived at the museum on May 1, 2020. The type 14TrE2 trolley bus was built in 1998 by Electric Transit Inc, a joint venture between US defense contractor AAI and longtime Czech Republic

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IRM awarded grant by John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust

The Illinois Railway Museum has been awarded a grant of $25,000 by the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust. This grant, which follows an initial grant awarded in early 2019, funds the second part of a major rehabilitation and stabilization program concentrating on the museum’s network of overhead trolley wire

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Statement issued by the Illinois Railway Museum 3/14/2020

Due to the rapid progression of the Corona Virus public health crisis in the State of Illinois and the Chicago Area, the Illinois Railway Museum will immediately undertake the following protective measures: The Bunny Trolley Hop event scheduled for April 4-5-11, 2020, centered around the Easter Holiday, will be cancelled

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Photo by Bob Weder

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 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™,

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Museum acquires private car Pawnee

Union, IL – The Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the historic Pullman private car Pawnee. The car arrived at the museum on its own wheels on Thursday, December 12th. This historic railroad car was built in 1930 and is the second-to-last traditional “heavyweight”

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