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Illinois Railway Museum, McHenry, IL.
Illinois Railway Museum
The Illinois Railway Museum (IRM, reporting mark IRMX) is the United States’ largest railroad museum. It is located at 7000 Olson Road in Union, Illinois, 55 miles (89 kilometers) northwest of downtown Chicago, in the Chicago metropolitan region of McHenry County.
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The museum was established in 1953 by a group of ten people who came together to buy Indiana Railroad interurban vehicle 65. The Illinois Electric Railway Museum was originally located on the grounds of the Chicago Hardware Foundry in North Chicago and was known as the Illinois Electric Railway Museum. The Illinois Railway Museum was renamed in 1961 to reflect its expanding scope.
The museum relocated to Union, Illinois, in 1964, along the former Elgin and Belvidere Electric Company right-of-way. The museum’s first steam locomotive was operated in 1968. In 1972, the first storage barn was built. A one-mile (1.6-kilometer) streetcar loop was built in 1981.
The museum was built next to a right-of-way that still had back taxes in the 1980s. The museum paid back taxes and received 4.6 miles (7.4 km) of train track to add to its property portfolio in exchange for full use of the railway. The IRM paid $10,000 in 2016 for a 130-foot circular table from Union Pacific’s former Denver & Rio Grande Western Burnham Shops complex in Denver.
The round table will be used to store their steam locomotives, as well as a proposed roundhouse, and will be large enough for any locomotive in their collection. The museum currently owns roughly 450 pieces of equipment and more than 100 acres of land.
The museum’s operations are centered on its main site, which is located approximately east of Union. Train trips are available on both the mainline and the streetcar loop. From April to October, electric trains run, and from the beginning of May to the end of September, diesel and steam trains run.
On Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends, as well as “Bus Day,” the final Saturday in September or the first Saturday in October, trolleybus service is available. IRM is one of only two railway museums in the country that runs both electric and diesel trains and the only one that regularly offers trolleybus rides. If you are in McHenry, you can’t ignore this attraction.
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