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Former gift shop site east of the depot cleared

The former site of four railroad cars containing the IRM gift shop and bookstore, just to the east of the museum’s East Union Depot, has been substantially cleared. The work was done by the museum’s Buildings & Grounds and Track Departments and involved removal of the railroad cars via a

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Ex-TP&W Alco C424 acquired

The Illinois Railway Museum is proud to announce that it is the owner of Morristown & Erie C424 18, former Toledo Peoria & Western 800. This is the museum’s first Alco-built Century locomotive, filling a big gap in the museum’s unrivaled collection of historic diesels. On Friday April 27th, Chuck

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Amtrak AEM-7 locomotive built in 1982 acquired by IRM

Union, IL - The Illinois Railway Museum (“IRM”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired an Amtrak AEM-7 type electric locomotive built in 1982 in nearby La Grange, Illinois. Amtrak number 945 is an AEM-7 electric passenger locomotive constructed specifically for operation on the “Northeast Corridor” route between Boston,

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Steam schedule for 2018 announced

The Illinois Railway Museum has announced the tentative schedule for steam locomotive operations during 2018. The museum’s operating steam engine, Frisco 1630, is currently scheduled to run on the following dates, contingent on mechanical and other considerations. Depending on available funding and volunteer time, the museum hopes to operate J.

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New museum store starts its first season

The historic Schroeder Mercantile Store will begin its first full season as the gift shop and bookstore for the Illinois Railway Museum starting March 31, 2018. The Schroeder building was originally located on North Main Street in Union but was relocated to the IRM property in the 1990s. A long-term

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IRM adds a new event: Bunny Trolley Hop on March 31st

One of the new events that the Illinois Railway Museum has added for 2018 is the Bunny Trolley Hop, a one-day-only Easter-themed event to be held on Saturday, March 31st. The event is an opportunity for parents and children to combine the fun of meeting the Easter Bunny and going

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