Program Details*


Illinois Railway Museum: Past, Present & Future


When it comes to railroads, Chicago has a richer and deeper history than anywhere else in the USA. Almost every family has at least one ancestor who worked in the railroad/transit industry. From humble beginnings, the Illinois Railway Museum has grown into the largest museum of its kind in the country, with the mission to educate the public about railway history. Former Museum President, Ray Piesciuk, speaks about the 70 year history of the Museum, highlighting key artifacts and the spirit of volunteerism, which is the backbone of IRM.

Presenter’s Name

Ray Piesciuk

Presenter’s Website


Presenter’s Bio

Ray Piesciuk has been volunteering at the Illinois Railway Museum for 26 years. Ray has served as President, Director, Managing Editor of the Museum's quarterly magazine Rail & Wire, Curator of the Trolley Bus & Motor Bus Collections, Recording Secretary, and serves on several committees. Ray's wife Julie is also an active volunteer.Although their full-time RV lifestyle doesn't allow them to be physically at the Museum as much as they'd like, they both still contribute regularly from the road.

*Note: The information above is a draft provided by the presenter and may be different in the HalloweeM Program Booklet.

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Friday, October 29th at 1 PM US/CDT



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