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An Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the C&NW and its predecessor roads since 1973.

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C&NWHS Archives Building – Complete!

With great pride the C&NWHS would like to announce that our permanent archives building at Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) is complete and we have been granted an occupancy permit!  This project has been years in the making the new home of the C&NWHS Archives will provide a great future for the educational activities and preservation of the C&NW and associated roads. See photos of the project here. Thank you for your continued support of the largest project the society has…


Concrete grows from the ground! Like many long lead items today, the good weather we ordered took a bit longer than planned to arrive. The last week and upcoming week in northern IL has been warmer than normal with minimal rain or snow. Footings were poured December 14. This marks the commencement of construction with the first permanent part of our structure and future home of the CNWHS. To see all the updates on the project and a timeline of…