Train Rides in Illinois
You will find locomotive cab rides along with a large roster of railway equipment at the Monticello Railway Museum.
Scenic train rides in Illinois can be found on the Silver Creek & Stevenson Railroad, the Little Toot Railroad and at the Monticello Railway Museum.
There are several excellent railroad museums in Illinois, including some of the largest collections of railroad engines and rolling stock in the US. Known as "America's Largest Railway Museum", the Illinois Railway Museum in Union has over 20 steam engines in its collection, including Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 401.
There are 58 steam locomotives listed in Illinois. Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry has an extensive collection of vintage locomotives on display.
Restored former 1876 Illinois Central headquarters houses the Amboy Depot Museum featuring displays on the history of Amboy and its relationship to the Illinois Central Railroad. Displays include a retired 0-8-0 steam engine originally built in 1929 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as switcher #8376 for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad and a caboose.
The Historic Pullman Foundation is a collection of artifacts preserving the historical town of Pullman and the Pullman shops. Directions.
Depot museum displays artifacts from the Chicago Great Western Railway along with other railroads from the area. Museum features a Milwaukee Road caboose and operating model railroads. Open weekend May through October.
The Little Toot Railroad Company features a 15" miniature steam locomotive that travels through a scenic Charlie Brown Park. Nostalgic train ride is a thrill for adults as well as a fun educational experience for the young. Children under 12 ride free. Groups and parties welcomed.
The Galesburg Railroad Museum is home to the 1930 Baldwin Locomotive Works CB&Q #3006, a Hudson class S-4, 4-6-4 locomotive. It is one of only 12 built by Baldwin for the CB&Q. Rolling stock on display. Model train display. Weekends only from mid-April to May, mid-October to mid-November. Closed Mondays.
The Historic Greenup Depot is an 1870's Victorian style railway depot used to house local area railway artifacts. HO scale model railroad shows vignettes from the major periods of American Railroading (1840s through the 1950s).
The Kankakee Railroad Museum is a restored train depot displaying railroad memorabillia and a model train layout of Kankakee during the 1950's. Outside display is a 1947 Pullman coach. Open weekends.
Built in 1923, CB&Q steam engine # 4978 is on display at the Union Depot Railroad Museum. Museum also incldes a working HO model of Mendota in the 1930's.
The Wheels o' Time Museum contains items representing transportation, industry, farm and home life, as well as entertainment from times past.
The story of railroads in Rochelle begins in 1854 when the Air Line Railroad was completed between Chicago and the town of Lane (Lane was the first name of Rochelle). The railroad later became the Chicago & North Western Railway System and today is owned by the Union Pacific (UP). Rochelle is a "hot spot" for train watching, drawing visitors from every state in the nation and world wide. Because of the number of visitors Rochelle acquired the land in 1995 and constructed a park just for train watching. Directions.
Forty-five minute trolley ride along Rockford's historic riverfront during the summer. Update: Trolley Car 36 rides have been cancelled until further notice due to maintenance.
The Rossville Depot Railroad Museum features a collection of railroadiana material from various railroads in the area. Those featured include the C&EI, Wabash, Illinois Terminal and NYC.
The Fox River Trolley Museum is a monument to the Fox Valley's history that goes back over a 100 years. In full flower, it was a 40-mile railroad that was built over a seven-year period by three different companies, linked Carpentersville with Yorkville, including a direct link between Elgin and Aurora. It opened the Fox Valley to public transportation. Service began between Elgin and Geneva, including the stretch preserved today, on June 30, 1896. The museum operates a variety of antique trolleys, many from lines long vanished, over trackage that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, Aurora, and Yorkville.Directions.
Advertised as "America's Largest Railway Museum" the Illinois Railway Museum is located about 90 miles from downtown Chicago. This is an operating museum, with train rides that also include Chicago street cars. For over 50 years, the Illinois Railway Museum has acquired over 375 pieces of equipment, that includes 25 steam locomotives. Steam engines include but not limited to AT&SF's No. 2903, a 1943 Baldwin Works 4-8-4, St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad 1918 2-10-0 (Frisco) #1630, currently undergoing restoration, Norfolk & Western #2050, a 2-8-8-2 built by the American Locomotive Company in 1923, a 1944 Milwaukee Road 4-8-4, No.265 and UP X-18, one of two surviving GE Gas Turbines. Look for a Day Out With Thomas events during August. Admission includes unlimited rides. Directions.
Waterman & Western Railroad is a 1/3 scale miniature railroad in the Lions Community park.