UNION – The trains at the Illinois Railway Museum are carrying a fascinating cargo: history, and a lot of it – and you’re invited to hop aboard and follow the tracks of their years as they take visitors on a trip back in time to explore railroad history.
The museum invites guests to go for rides, tour plush Pullman cars and immerse themselves in the history of these might machines.
I started out walking around the museum property, where I found the large exhibit buildings:
Barn 3 is home to restored Pullman cars, which include sleepers. Visitors can walk through them. In Barn 4, people can check out working train signals. Barn 6 features exhibits on electric interurban networks, such as the North Shore Silverliners, starring Talisman, a beautiful parlor-buffet-solarium car. InBarn 7, trolleys take center stage, among them the oldest car at Union: an 1859 vintage horse-drawn streetcar.