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Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum

111 East Myrtle Street, Elizabeth, IL 61028


The Depot museum is located in a former Chicago Great Western Railway station and focuses on the railroads of Northwest Illinois.

Experience railroading during its glory days at a former link for the Chicago Great Western Railway from Chicago, Illinois to Oelwein, Iowa by taking a tour through our extensive collection of railway memorabilia. 

Step inside a full-size Milwaukee Road caboose. Numerous N-scale, HO-scale and G-scale model railroads operate inside the museum.

Open May - October on weekends from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Group Attendee Capacity: 45 People Tour Length: 30 Minutes

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