I have been to many railroad museums in the US and abroad, this one rates high on my list!! A walk through the museum begins with marvelous exhibits of scale models, and collections of artifacts from railroad history. A pair of glass doors at the end of a corridor opens into a massive hangar containing an amazing collection of real engines and cars, all beautifully restored and gloriously displayed. Museum goers can enter cabs of numerous engines, and walk through pullman cars and cabooses. The museum also offers a mind blowing HO scale layout, and a pleasant ride around the museum grounds in an antiquated passenger car (we were privileged to see a bald eagle perched on a branch as the train wound past the Fox River!). An outdoor hangar yields a large collection of engines and cars, not yet fully restored. We were thrilled to walk through a string of pullman cars with a lounge car of the sleek Burlington Zephyr at the rear. Anyone with an interest in locomotives and their history shouldn't miss this incredible museum. My five kids (ages 1 - 8) and I spent over three hours at the museum. Reasonably priced admission. We will be going back!
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