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Monticello Railway Museum

3336 sitting in Crest Hill Illinois January 2020. Note radio antenna on car original as built condition in 1948. The car had a console radio in the lounge which was a major travel amenity in 1948!

Close up of one of the roof ventilators. This is very similar condition of ventilators on other museum cars, prior to restoration.

Car side and truck condition. Car originally built with 3 axle trucks but IC replaced with 2 axle trucks in the 1960's.

"B" or brake end of car. Missing vestibule.

Side sill rusted through. This area will be further assessed, cut out then replaced with new steel welded in place.

Battery box underneath car.

One of 2 small service doors on the car. This door is adjacent to the bar area of the car allowing quickly loading and restocking supplies from station platform or commissary prior to each trip.

Representative photo of current overall condition of car body.

Soft area of floor entering the car. This is typical Pullman construction with steel sheet pan placed over structural members. Concrete floor was then poured and leveled.

Interior photo emergency brake valve and general condition.

Coach section with 24 walkover seats.

Original light fixture, coach section.

Entering the lounge/bar section of car. This section was separated from coach section by partitions. As passengers left the coach section, they would pass 2 dining car tables with booths and seating for 8 passengers. Small lounge section before bar seated 5 and location of the radio which was played for onboard entertainment. Radio console location on lower right of bar.

View looking back towards coach section.

Bar area and radio console detail. Bar and lights are original to 1948. Vinyl on bar is original to 1948.

Bar lighting and ventilator detail.

Electrical locker with all 64 volt DC system intact.

Bar area detail showing beer tap. Travelers had one choice of draft beer in 1948! A variety of bottled and canned beer was available in addition to mixed drinks.

Seating number indicator. Original to car. Note the Green Diamond shape the logo of the railroad and representative of being built for the "Green Diamond" that ran between Chicago and St Louis. In 1948, IC replaced the original 1936 streamliner train with updated equipment. Please consider a donation to help fund the restoration of this very unique car originally built for the Illinois Central railroad in 1948.


The Monticello Railway Museum depends upon many sources of income to acquire, restore, maintain and operate the museum and we welcome donations. Donors help fund and facilitate many projects at the museum and provide income above and beyond train tickets, gift shop sales and membership dues.

While our volunteers perform the majority of the required labor for restorations at the museum, the need for money to purchase materials and equipment is increasing. Now that work on steam locomotive #401 is complete, the amount of consumable shop materials used is increasing. For example: acetylene and oxygen for the cutting torch; drill bits and cutting tools for the machine shop; grinding wheels and wire wheels for metal preparation and LP gas for heat to allow our volunteers to work during the winter are costing several-hundred dollars each month.

A gift donation towards restoration work would be greatly appreciated. In addition, thoughtful family members, in your name, can make a donation to the museum.

Either way, your donation is appreciated and contributes to our overall financial security and will help us collectively facilitate much needed improvements at the museum. As a reminder, the Monticello Railway Museum is a registered 501 (C 3) not for profit organization and all donations to the museum are tax deductible. All donors to the museum will receive a letter acknowledging the donation.