Monticello Railway Museum

Illinois Central 892 was built by Pullman in 1918 and is a regular member of the Museum's train. Over the past several months major work was undertaken to replace end sheets, buffer beams, and end beams. Already seen this show? Jump to the most recent slides

Here the far side is starting to go back together.

The interior is also getting major work. New windows and a replacement of the interior ceiling are on the list.

Some of the interior ceiling detail that was painted over long ago.

Seats will also get reworked.

Cutting the hole for the trap latch in the new material.   Continue to the latest slides


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.