Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned train ride? The Prairie State is home to the largest locomotive museum in the country, and anyone who has an interest in transportation, Americana, or fun family day trips is sure to love a visit to the Illinois Railway Museum. Here’s what you can expect on an open-air train ride in Illinois at the Illinois Railway Museum:

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Want a look at all the fun at the Illinois Railway Museum without having to make the trip right now? The Magic Geekdom took this ten-minute video of their visit to the railroad and museum back in 2021.

Visit the Illinois Railway Museum Facebook page to start planning your journey! There’s nothing quite like the train rides on a beautiful, vintage open-air train ride in Illinois. If you’re planning a longer visit to the area, you can get a relaxing night’s sleep at the Best Western Woodstock Inn only a few minutes’ drive away.

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The Illinois Railway Museum is just one of the many exciting rail attractions located in Illinois!

  • The Monticello Railway Museum is a non-profit located in Monticello, Illinois, and they offer a short-but-sweet train ride that gives you a taste of the lovingly preserved vintage railway. May through October, rail fans can hop on board one of the classic steam trains and pick either indoor or outdoor accommodations. The scenery is beautiful, and once a month the railway brings out one of their oldest trains for a ride.
  • The Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad is run by the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, so it's no surprise that this non-profit focuses on some VERY old trains. While the nonprofit might have only been founded in 1982, they've lovingly restored engines that are far older than that. You can hop on board for a 3.4-mile ride on an authentic 1912 locomotive - which during the Halloween season, turns into a haunted train ride filled with scare actors!
  • Fox River Trolley Museum focuses on a different kind of train, but it's no less exciting. This train ride departs the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve and takes you on a scenic ride aboard a classic trolley car. The experience is at its peak in winter, when it's converted to a Polar Express ride. This family-friendly adventure will take you to the North Pole for a personal meeting with Santa and a tour of some of Illinois' most beautiful lights.

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