Illinois Railway Museum to use Nebraska Zephyr for excursions

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The Nebraska Zephyr is seen at IRM in Union, Ill., in September 2011.
Tony Kordes
UNION, Ill. – The Illinois Railway Museum, in association with Amtrak and BNSF Railway, is hosting a pair of excursions from Chicago Union Station to Quincy, Ill., on September 22-23 using the museum's Nebraska Zephyr equipment. Tickets will go on sale the week of August 27 and pricing will be announced at that time.

The excursions will operate over BNSF from Chicago to Quincy, a route shared by regular service Amtrak trains. Tickets will be available one way from Chicago to Galesburg and Galesburg to Chicago as well as for a round trip ride from Galesburg to Quincy and return. The train is scheduled to lead Chicago at 9:00 a.m. each day

The train was one of two built in 1936 for the Burlington. They first operated between Chicago and the Minneapolis and later between Chicago, Omaha, and Lincoln, Neb. It was retired in 1968 and acquired by IRM the same year.

For more information on the trains schedule, and to purchase tickets, when available, visit IRM's website at
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