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Monticello Railway Museum

Welcome aboard!

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.

We are going to try a limited schedule in 2021. The longer the season goes, the more we will know, so keep checking back to see what changes.

COVID-19 may affect this schedule

Upcoming Events

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    Weekend Diesel Trains
    TBD through Sunday, October 10, 2021
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    Throttle Time
    April 24, 2021; October 16, 2021
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    C&IM 31 Throttle Time
    Friday, April 16; Saturday, April 17; and Sunday, April 18, 2021
    The Monticello Railway Museum would like to announce our first Throttle Time weekend featuring former C&IM RS1325 #31. On April 16th, 17th, and 18th you have the opportunity to be the engineer on one of the rarest locomotives built. You will receive instruction from one of our volunteers and operate 31 with a small train over our museum trackage for an hour. Participants will also receive a certificate and a souvenir to take home.
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    Mother's Day Weekend
    TENTATIVE (Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, 2021)
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    Father's Day Weekend
    TENTATIVE (Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, 2021)
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    Railroad Days
    TENTATIVE (Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19, 2021)