Monticello Railway Museum

2016 Events

We have several special events planned for 2016 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 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016; Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2016; and many Saturdays from April 30 through October 29, 2016.
401 in Steam
Ride behind our restored 1907-vintage steam locomotive!
Dates: Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22; Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12; Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17; Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21; Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, 2016.
School DaysWednesday, May 11, 2016.
An opportunity for school children to ride a full-sized diesel-powered train.
Mother's Day WeekendSaturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 2016.
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 18 and Sunday, June 19, 2016.
Dads ride FREE when accompanied by their children!
Fireworks SpecialSunday, July 3, 2016.
See the Monticello fireworks without worrying about traffic.
Railroad DaysSaturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016.
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 18; Saturday, November 19; Sunday, November 20; Friday, November 25; Saturday, November 26; Sunday, November 27; Friday, December 2; Saturday, December 3; Sunday, December 4; Friday, December 9; Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Lunch with Santa on the TrainSaturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2016
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.