UNION, Ill. — The Chicago & North Western Historical Society is moving to the Illinois Railway Museum, the two groups announced last week. Included in the move is the C&NWHS’ extensive archive, which will be housed in a soon-to-be-built building on museum grounds.
“The goals between both organizations are the same, the preservation of railroad history,” said Tim Coyle, President of the C&NWHS. “Moving to IRM is a natural fit. There are synergies provided by both groups that will allow each to enhance the railroad experience and increase educational and preservation activities.”
There is no timeline for the move yet. The C&NWHS was founded in 1973 for the purpose of preserving the history of the C&NW and its subsidiary roads. IRM was founded in 1953 and owns a number of former C&NW locomotives and cars.
“This is an important milestone in IRM’s history,” stated Marcus Ruef, President of the IRM Board of Directors. “This will add a significant feature to our campus. It will help our organization and the C&NW Historical Society to work together towards our shared goal of historic preservation.”