Monticello Railway Museum

2015 Events

We have several special events planned for 2015 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 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2015, Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, 2015, and most Saturdays from May 2 through October 24, 2015.
401 in Steam
Ride behind our restored 1907-vintage steam locomotive!
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17; Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14; Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19; Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16; Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18.
School DaysTuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
An opportunity for school children to ride a full-sized diesel-powered train.
Mother's Day WeekendSaturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 2015.
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 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2015.
Dads ride FREE when accompanied by their children!
Fireworks SpecialFriday, July 3, 2015.
See the Monticello fireworks without worrying about traffic.
Railroad DaysSaturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 2015.
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: Saturday, November 14; Friday, November 20; Saturday, November 21; Friday, November 27; Saturday, November 28; Sunday, November 29; Friday, December 4; and Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Lunch with Santa on the TrainSaturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 2015
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, Ghost Train will not be held for the foreseeable future.