Former Kiddieland Limited Steam Train

Ride three different steam railroads & experience machines of the industrial age

Information for planning for your
Chicago Day visit.

Breakfast at Doc’s starts at 9:00;
Museum depot and gift shop open at 11:30; Trains roll at Noon. CDT


Free admission to get into the grounds.

Train tickets:

Credit / Debit Cards accepted at Gate, Train Depot, Depot Store Gift Shop & Soda Fountain: Visa, Master Card only

Helpful hints:

  • While the activities start at 12:00, you can arrive early for breakfast with the train crew or to see the locomotive firing up.
  • Grab breakfast with the train crew as early as 9:00 CDT at Doc’s Soda Fountain

Equipment Scheduled to operate:
Former Brookfeild Zoo Trains, Both Steam and Diesel trains - Narrow Gauge Railroad

Kiddieland Limited - 1/8 Scale Miniature Railroad
Steam Powered Popcorn Wagon
*while the museum strives to operate steam locomotives, gas or diesel locomotives will be used in case of mechanical issues or volunteer availability. Thank you for your understanding.

Real Steam, Real Small
Scale Hobby Railroad


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Chicago Days September 29, 2019
Featuring trains you grew up riding

1893 Cretors Steam Popcorn Wagon
Invented and built in Chicago

Two of the most fondly remembered rides are the miniature steam train from Kiddieland in Melrose Park that carried families since the 1930s and the Brookfield, Salt Creek & Western Railroad that meandered through the Brookfield Zoo, that ran from 1967-1985.  

A pair of steam locomotives ran at Kiddieland are "The Hudson" and "The Northern" which are art deco streamlined trains of the 1930s.  The museum will have the Hudson in operation.

At the Brookfield Zoo, three locomotives were in operation - two steam engines,  nicknamed "The Blue Goose" and "Granny", and a diesel powered locomotive, fondly called “Rudy”, commissioned by the late Elliott Donnelley of RR Donnelley Printing.

Ride these trains again on this special weekend.

Next  Stop Memory  Lane

Illinois Brick Company #4, a 1953 by Plymouth Locomotive Works.  Used by Illinois Pressed Brick Company of Blue Island, Illinois, used the engine to move cars loaded with bricks in and out of their firing kilns and around their factory. One of our visitor's favorites, #4 will be out on the railroad.