Just as Detroit is known for its automobile industry, Chicago has a rich railroading past and is still known the world over for our passenger and freight trains.
It is only fitting that these two unique forms of transportation come together each year at America’s largest railroad museum, located northwest of Chicago in Union. At the Illinois Railway Museum in McHenry County, you’ll find more than 150 acres of vintage rail memorabilia and four and half miles of working train track.
No other event immerses spectators in living mechanized history quite like the museum’s Vintage Transport Extravaganza, an annual car/train show that takes place the first Sunday in August.
During that special summer day, classic and collector cars fill the grassy knolls and winding roads around the property, set against a backdrop of massive steam, diesel and electric train behemoths.
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