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The primary mission of the Illinois Railway Museum shall be to educate the public as to our nation's railroad and railway history, by: * Collecting, preserving, and restoring rolling stock; artifacts, structures, and related transportation equipment for display to the public; * Exhibiting the operation restored rolling stock and equipment on a demonstration rail line; and * Collecting, preserving, and maintaining a reference library of publications, drawings, technical information, and other materials regarding railroads, railways, and related forms of transportation for research and other purposes.
Located in Union, Illinois, the Illinois Railway Museum is the largest railroad museum in the country. Volunteers work year-round preserving antique railroad equipment and buildings. The museum welcomes the public during select months of the spring, summer, and fall, and they host several special events throughout the year.