Monticello Railway Museum

Welcome aboard!

You've found the web site of the Monticello Railway Museum, an all-volunteer organization in central Illinois with an operational railroad yard open to the public. We offer train rides on weekends from May through October, regardless of weather conditions, as well as a number of special events throughout the year.

We also collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit materials and artifacts from throughout the fascinating history of trains and railroading. Come explore our many rail cars and other equipment, and view our museum displays.

Regular weekend operation has ended for the 2014 season. The Museum will open once again in May of 2015.

Polar Express™ is sold out for 2014. In spite of the addition of several extra trains with several thousand seats, strong demand for this popular event means that some of our valued guests will be disappointed that they didn't get tickets.

Tickets for Polar Express 2015 go on sale June 6 (the first Saturday in June) at 8:00 AM Central Time.

Upcoming Events (see also our regular schedule)