Regular weekend operation is anything but ordinary.

Avoid the crowds and visit us on one of our many regular weekend operating days, “green days”, and take your family on three different steam powered railroads - small, medium and BIG!  Find the list of “green days” here on the calendar.

While not in operation, all of our other exhibits are still on display. They are some of the most iconic machines in history. This is a great time to get up close to these iron giants of the past, all maintained by volunteers.

Miniature Railroad trains are
built with care and craftsmanship.
Many are steam powered replicas of locomotives of the past. 

Information for planning for your visit.

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


“Green Days” have no 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: 
All three railroads to ride, steam locomotives on each.*

Full Sized Narrow Gauge Railroad
Vintage Amusement Park Railroad
1/8 Scale Miniature Railroad

*while the museum strives to operate steam locomotives on all “green days”, gas or diesel locomotives will be used in case of mechanical issues or volunteer availability. Thank you for your understanding.


These nostalgic railroad rides date back from the 1920s and are from small amusement parks that could be found in many Chicagoland neighborhoods, the last closed in 2009.  

In early days of railroading narrow gauge steam trains could be found working rugged terrain. Our railroad takes you on a 2 and a half mile trip through beautiful landscape.

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


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