When is the last time you were on a train? Have you ever been on a train? Maybe a train ride is just what you need to do this summer. There are several companies across the state that offer train rides of various lengths and routes. You can have an amazing experience, relaxing while the beautiful countryside goes by. Here are our top 5 picks.
1. Pullman Rail Journeys
Be a part of history, as you can ride in a restored classic Pullman car. And it's not just that the trains are old, but they have been super carefully restored to be exactly what they were like back in the day. Don't worry, though, they also have wifi and showers. The distinguishing feature of Pullman? The service. You are going to have a truly first-class experience on this train ride. The trains go to all sorts of destinations, like the Derby and the Albuquerque hot balloon festival.
2. Monticello Railway Museum
The Monticello Railway Museum offers rides on their vintage steam engine throughout the year, and they also have a special Polar express ride. There is also an opportunity to be an engineer on the train. You will learn all about these classic locomotives. This organization owns 7.5 miles of track, so while your ride won't be super long, you will see and learn a great deal.
3. Fox River Trolley Museum
These aren't trains, per se, but these electric trolley cars used to be a major part of life. The tracks are still there, connecting towns like Geneva, Saint Charles and Elgin. The ride is actually incredibly scenic. It is a four-mile ride trip on the banks of the Fox River.
4. Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad
This non-profit organization operates a 1912 steam locomotive. The trip is 3.4 miles. This organization puts on many themed events, like a Train of Terror. There is even the chance for you to operate the train. How cool would that be?
5. Illinois Railway Museum
This railway museum bills itself as America's Largest Train Museum, and they offer rides. They offer a variety of different experiences. You can ride on a steam train, diesel train, electric cars, and trolley buses. They also have a Day Out With Thomas for the kiddos.