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Railroad Links Directory: Top : Tourist Railroads and Museums USA : Midwest USA : Illinois

Tourist Railroads and Museums USA : Midwest USA : Illinois

Tourist railroads, museums and other railroad related attractions in the state of Illinois.

There are 21 links in this category

Ilinois - Batavia Historical Society Depot Museum
Batavia, IL - One of the society founders' dreams came true with the acquisition, moving, and renovation of the Depot Museum which was the abandoned Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Depot at Webster and Van Buren Streets erected in 1854.

Today, nearly 100 volunteers keep the museum staffed, acting as docents, catalogers, and helpers with the many activities of the society and the museum. Other members assist researchers at the Gustafson Research Center.

Batavia railroad history comes alive in a permanent exhibit about the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (est. 1850), the Chicago & North Western Railroad (est. 1872) and the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Electric Line (est. 1902). Three railroad lines served Batavia freight and passenger service until the mid-1900ís when the automobile became the transportation of choice. On display are many railroad artifacts, photos and ticket agent office. A detailed section on the telegraph system and itís role in railroad history includes live telegraph keys where visitors can try their hand at sending messages using Morse Code.

Info: URL: http://www.bataviahistoricalsociety.org/depot_museum.htm (Added: 2-Dec-2016)
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Illinois - Abraham Lincoln Depot
Springfield, IL - When Lincoln left Springfield to start his inaugural journey on February 11, 1861, he paid an unforgettable tribute to his friends and neighbors known today as the Farewell Address. Lincoln spoke these famous words as he boarded a special Presidential train at the Great Western Railroad station, now a restored Lincoln visitor site. The old brick depot is often overlooked by visitors but is worth investigating -- it's just two blocks from the Lincoln home.
Info: URL: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/sites/depot.htm (Added: 18-Jul-2000)
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Illinois - Amboy Depot Museum
Amboy, IL - Illinois Central depot has been preserved. Museum contains many artifacts of the railroad and the Amboy community
Info: URL: http://www.amboydepotmuseum.org (Added: 1-Nov-2016)
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Illinois - CB&Q railroad station restoration
Oregon, IL - At 5 o'clock in the morning of Saturday, November 10, 1893, the fire broke out. Despite efforts to save her, the first train depot to serve the people of Oregon, Illinois, burned to the ground.

A modest replacement structure was erected the following year, but it too was damaged by fire 15 years later. Ultimately, the depot that still stands today was built by the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railway in 1913. What had been in its time an attractive and modern edifice served rail travelers until 1971, when all passenger rail service to Oregon was discontinued.

Through years of non-use, misuse, abuse, and neglect, the once proud depot had suffered. But in 2001, an ambitious and dedicated group of people began a project that continues today...the Oregon Depot Restoration Project.

This website includes details of Oregon railroad history, the ongoing restoration of the depot, and the people who made it all happen. We welcome you!

Info: URL: http://www.oregondepot.org (Added: 1-Nov-2016)
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Illinois - Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad Historical Society Museum
Watseka, IL - The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad Historical Society has opened a museum in two rooms of the Watseka Union Station in Watseka, Illinois. In the late 1980's the Watseka Union Depot was acquired by the Watseka Historical Society and moved about 300 feet east of the original location. A new basement was constructed under the relocated building and it was then lowered to its new foundation. The historical group then began the restoration project to restore the station to its original appearance. The facility now provides a location for various Watseka area functions such as dinners, charity events and even wedding receptions. The depot level consists of a main waiting room, a ladies waiting room, former office and baggage area for the Toledo Peoria and Western and the former office and baggage area of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad.
Info: URL: http://www.ceihs.org/travelers_main_1.html (Added: 1-Nov-2016)
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Illinois - Elizabeth Depot Museum
Elizabeth, IL - The Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot on Myrtle Street in downtown Elizabeth, Illinois was constructed in 1888 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Just as in the past, the depot was the center of activity in Elizabeth, focusing on the railroad's business with freight and passengers. So it is expected, the new depot museum will once again make this building the center of activity for the village, focusing now on residents and tourists, re-discovering the historic past.

The Elizabeth Historical Society has opened the old passenger waiting room in the depot as a local history museum.

Info: URL: http://www.elizabethhistoricalsociety.com/ (Added: 31-Oct-2016)
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Illinois - Elizabeth Depot Museum
Elizabeth, IL - The Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot on Myrtle Street in downtown Elizabeth, Illinois was constructed in 1888 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Just as in the past, the depot was the center of activity in Elizabeth, focusing on the railroad's business with freight and passengers. So it is expected, the new depot museum will once again make this building the center of activity for the village, focusing now on residents and tourists, re-discovering the historic past. The Elizabeth Historical Society has opened the old passenger waiting room in the depot as a local history museum.
Info: URL: http://www.elizabethhistoricalsociety.com (Added: 21-May-2001)
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Illinois - Fox River Trolley Museum
South Elgin, IL - A visit to the Fox River Trolley Museum is a nostalgic trip back to an era when the electric trolley car was a vital part of American life. Experience the sights and sounds of this unique part of American history aboard a genuine old-time trolley car which takes you on a three mile trip along the banks of the scenic Fox River. The museum operates a variety of antique trolleys, many from lines long vanished, over trackage that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, Aurora, and Yorkville.
Info: URL: http://www.foxtrolley.org/ (Added: 13-Jun-2000)
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Illinois - Galesburg Railroad Museum
Galesburg, IL - Railroad memorabilia housed in a Pullman parlor car and a collection of restored railroad cars that include a steam engine, postal and express agency and caboose.
Info: URL: http://www.galesburgrailroadmuseum.org/ (Added: 10-Jan-1999)
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Illinois - Historic Pullman District
Chicago, IL - The first planned industrial town in America - Circa 1880ís. History, events, information and news. A State Landmark district in 1969, a National Landmark district in 1971 and a City of Chicago Landmark district in 1972
Pullman is a unique community on Chicago's far, south side that blends the history from many different disciplines in a fascinating touring experience. Visiting this area today brings you into that history and also into a new sense of place, seeing the community as it is today.

Info: URL: http://www.pullmanil.org/ (Added: 3-Sep-2000)
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