01/09/2017 by


Hesston Steam Museum

In no particular order - click through for details of each location and to read parent reviews or add your own review to the places you have visited.


Train Rides

The Great Chicago Kiddie Express Train Co. - Train rental - great for kids parties.  All battery electric trains, seats 16 kids & adults, runs indoors and out.  Great for parties, promotions, seasonal events, park districts - anywhere you want to make kids happy with a train ride.  We at kidwinks think Phil, of The Chicago Kiddie Express Train Co., is a great guy - he is one of the good ones!

Hesston Steam Museum - 2.5 mile train ride through woods, lakes and farms fields.  Your family can ride steam trains of three sizes (one is the Kiddieland train), gather for ice cream in the soda fountain and have a quality visit which is both entertaining and educational.

Blackberry Farm - Admission includes unlimited rides on the train.

Illinois Railway Museum - All moms are free on Mother's Day with a fare-paying child or adult (May 10th).  May 9th is Scout Day.  This is America's largest Railway musuem.  Streetcars, Steam, Diesel & Electric Locmatives & more. They even have a dinner train - the Nebraska Zephyer. Sounds cool!

Waterman & Western Railroad - 1 mile train ride.


Rehm Park - FREE hand-operated train rides.


Metra Train - Kids ride FREE on weekends.


Lionel Train Adventure ride at Lincoln Park Zoo 


Train Museums

Museum of Science & Industry - The Great Train Story model railroad with more than 30 trains running on 1,400 feet of track.  Kids also have a chance to see and sit on old Steam trains.  Very cool.  And of course there is the Zephyr as you enter the museum.

Villa Park Historical Museum - Once a commuter train station it now hold railroad memorabilia.


Train Restaurants

All Aboard Diner - Fun for all ages.  Fun times and great food delivered to you via train. Peanut and allergy conscious.


Tyler's Tender - Meals are delivered by Train.


2Toots Train Whistle Grill - Bartlett - All seats are on the track.  2Toots Train Whistle - Glen Ellyn


The Choo Choo


The Junction Diner - Train track circles counter area; train table for kids to play on.

Buffalo Phil's - Wisconsin Dells - Meals are delivered by Train.