Welcome to the Monticello Railway Museum, an all-volunteer organization in central Illinois with an operational railroad main line yard open to the public. We offer train rides on Saturdays and Sundays from May through September, regardless of weather conditions, as well as a number of special events throughout the year.
We also collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit materials and artifacts from throughout the fascinating history of trains and railroading. Come explore our many rail cars and other equipment, and view our museum displays.
The Museum will open for the 2020 season on a date TBD (not earlier than July).
Steam trains have been cancelled for 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we've decided to start 401's mandatory 15-year teardown early. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Upcoming Events – see also our regular schedule
Weekend Diesel Trains
TBD (not earlier than July) through Sunday, September 27, 2020
April through October, 2020
Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 2020
The Polar Express
Various dates in November and December
Lunch with Santa on the Train
Dates to be determined