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Monticello Railway Museum
September 21 and September 22
Come ride our vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois Terminal main lines.
- One of the trains will feature the Museum’s restored steam locomotive 401.
- Ride freight and passenger trains from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
- Use the Caboose Hop between the Nelson’s Crossing depot and the yard to visit the shops and view additional exhibits.
- Ride a motorcar down our tracks and experience the rails just like maintenance workers of the past.
- Expanded children’s area, including Hodge Pedal Car rides.
- The Museum’s gift shop is open throughout the event for all your souvenir needs. Our concession area serves delicious meals for adults and kids, chips, cold drinks and more.
Gates open at 9 a.m. each day. Trains run continuously from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last train departures are around 4 p.m. each day.
ALL-DAY TICKETS – ride as many times as you want! Children under 2 ride FREE with paying adult or senior.
You must have a ticket to access the Museum grounds. This event takes place rain or shine. All ticket sales are final.
Adults and Seniors – $20
Children (2 through 12) – $10
Children (under 2) – Free with adult fare
Make it Monticello
This event is a part of “Make it Monticello” happening all weekend long. Enjoy an old-fashioned street fest around the Courthouse Square, shop from local farmers and artisans, sway to live music under the stars, take a ride on a vintage train — and more!
Thursday Sept 19 3:30-6:30pm – Monticello Farmers Market
Friday Sept 20 5-9:45pm – Prairie Sky Concert with Deana Carter
Saturday Sept 21 10am-12am – Monticellobration
Saturday Sept 21 & Sunday Sept 22 – Railroad Days
Live theatre happening all weekend long as the Monticello Theatre Association presents, Witness for the Prosecution. Sept. 19-22 is the weekend to
Make it Monticello! Monticello Main Street, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by concerned local volunteers dedicated to historic preservation and to strengthening our community’s economic growth. The main area of concentration is in the downtown business district, and the extended fringe area of Monticello’s downtown.