Monticello Railway Museum

2017 Events

We have several special events planned for 2017 at the Monticello Railway Museum. Regular train service also operates Saturdays and Sundays from May through October – see the schedule for details. Different fares may apply to special events.

Throttle Time
You can be the engineer of our train!
Dates: Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2017; Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017; and many Saturdays from April 30 through October 29, 2017.
401 in Steam
Ride behind our restored 1907-vintage steam locomotive!
Dates: Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21; Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11; Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16; Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20; Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2017.
School DaysTuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
An opportunity for school children to ride a full-sized diesel-powered train.
Mother's Day WeekendSaturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 2017.
Make this Mother's Day special by treating Mom to a relaxing ride with her family on our vintage train. Moms ride FREE when accompanied by their children!
Father's Day WeekendSaturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Dads ride FREE when accompanied by their children!
Fireworks SpecialMonday, July 3, 2017.
See the Monticello fireworks without worrying about traffic.
Railroad DaysSaturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017.
Come enjoy UNLIMITED rides on our vintage passenger and freight trains and motor cars running on our former Illinois Central and Illinois Terminal trackage, enjoy kids' games and more!
The Polar Express™
Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole.
Dates: Friday, November 17; Saturday, November 18; Sunday, November 19; Friday, November 24; Saturday, November 25; Sunday, November 26; Friday, December 1; Saturday, December 2; Sunday, December 3; Friday, December 8; Saturday, December 9, 2017.
Lunch with Santa on the TrainSaturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2017
Enjoy a visit with Santa Claus while eating a kid-friendly sack lunch. This event is hosted by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce.

NOTE: Due to the need for more capacity for the overwhelmingly popular Polar Express™, the Ghost Train will not be held for the foreseeable future.