Illinois Railway Museum – Union, Illinois

The weather was a bit blustery on Saturday, so instead of hiking a forest preserve, we opt for the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois. The museum has the largest collection of railway equipment, Streetcars, Interurbans, Steam, Diesel and Electric Locomotives, Passenger and Freight cars. Many of the buildings were seen in movies: Flags of our Fathers, A League of their Own, and Ground Hog Day to name a few.

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Main Station – This electric line was operational & we took a 4 mile ride in this front car dating from 1928.

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They had an app, but I had no service. Bummer.

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This depot was formerly located near Marengo, Illinois. It dates from 1851 making it one of the oldest surviving depots.

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This is the inside of The Northshore Line (electric) that operated between Chicago & Milwaukee. This car is from 1928.

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Lighting from 1928.

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The engineer. The engineer & the conductor used a series of bell sounds to alert each other of when the electric hook above was attached and detached.

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The ride was on their four-mile demonstration track.

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There was an ornamental nursery bordering the tracks. Thuja occidentalis ‘Techney’ or mission arborvitae here.

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The farmers are very busy this time of year.

Map of the IRM Facilities

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There weren’t many cars you could walk through, but they were trying to raise money to rehab these next few.

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Now we’re talking… The Bar Car!! Past the bar are some sleeper units that pull down from the ceiling.

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Dining car

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Kitchen in the dining car

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Signals

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1911 Steeplecap Electric Locomotive

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1859 Horsedrawn Streetcar

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1908 Snow Sweeper

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Steam engine

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The tower on the left was built in 1890 and was originally in Spaulding, Illinois to control train movements. It works in the same capacity here at the museum.

© Ilex Farrell ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

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