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Illinois Railway Museum

The Illinois Railway Museum, as you see it today, is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here at Union on what was once farmland. Our main line trackage was laid on the vacant right-of-way of the Elgin & Belvidere Electric railway. Why would rational adults freely contribute so much of their time and treasure to creating this repository of railroad history? The Illinois Railway Museum is probably the ultimate railroad historian special interest group. Originally formed to preserve one important piece of rolling stock, it has evolved into an educational and historic preservation organization recreating possibly the largest operating demonstration railroad showcase on the North American continent.

Illinois Railway Museum

Spread out upon numerous acres of former farmland, adjacent to an ex-Chicago & Northwestern mainline, the Illinois Railway Museum maintains a massive collection of operating and static railroad, interurban, and trolley equipment. Located northwest of Chicago in tiny Union, Illinois, the roots of the museum date back as far as World World II to the Illinois Electric Railway Museum. This page represents only a sampling of the museum collection, pieces of particular interest to HawkinsRails.net

Illinois Railway Museum property map / James Kolanowski drawing

See also our complete T. R. Miller Mill Company #101 collection
See also our complete Columbus & Greenville Railway Baldwin collection

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