Will the liner run again?

Yes! Our talented group of electric car shop volunteers are working thought the train to ensure all operating components are in working order. We also have a separate group of folks who are working tirelessly to complete the interior restoration. Rest assured the train will be returned to service with the museum operation in due time.

How do I donate to the liner restoration fund?

Click HERE to donate.


As the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Electroliner approaches its 80th Anniversary in 2021, we are concentrating our efforts on restoring the Electroliner to operating condition. Donations of any size will be appreciated. We have developed a Rewards program (see below) to acknowledge our major donors, and all donations are cumulative during the duration of the Campaign. Won’t you get on board to help the Electroliner run again? Donations can be made in $25 increments up to an amount of your choice. The Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Liner Rewards Program

$25,000 and up LINER CLUB MEMBER

One hour of operating time on classic green NSL equipment, a copy of the Sunday River Productions DVD “The North Shore Brought to Life”, an NSL T-shirt (limited to sizes on hand), a 75th Anniversary Electroliner poster, an “all expenses paid” voucher for a day at the Museum for a party of 12 (includes admission, rides, and food/beverage at the diner), and two tickets to the Photographer’s Special, date TBD after the Liner is operational. Plus a two-year Museum membership.

$10,000 PATRON

One hour of operating time on classic green NSL equipment, a copy of the DVD “The North Shore Brought to Life”, an NSL T-shirt (limited to sizes on hand), a 75th Anniversary poster, “all expenses paid” voucher for a day at the Museum for a party of 6 (includes admission, rides, and food/beverage at the diner), and one ticket to the Photographer’s Special, date TBD after the Liner is operational. Plus a one-year Museum membership.

$5,000 MOTORMAN

One hour of operating time on classic green NSL equipment, a copy of the DVD “The North Shore Brought to Life”, a 75th Anniversary poster, and one ticket to the Photographer’s Special, date TBD after the Liner is operational. Plus a one-year Museum Membership.

$2,000 CONDUCTOR

One hour of operating time on classic green NSL equipment, a 75th Anniversary poster, and one ticket to the Photographer’s Special, date TBD after the Liner is operational. Plus a one-year subscription to IRM’s Rail & Wire magazine.

$1,000 COLLECTOR

One hour of operating time on classic green NSL equipment, a 75th Anniversary poster, and one ticket to the Photographer’s Special, date TBD after the Liner is operational. Plus a one-year subscription to IRM’s Rail & Wire magazine.

$500 RAILFAN

A 75th Anniversary poster and one ticket to the Photographer’s Special, date TBD after the Liner is operational. Plus a one-year subscription to IRM’s Rail & Wire magazine.

The Rewards Program is subject to revision depending on availability of items during the length of the campaign.