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Location: Union, IL

Illinois Railroad Museum 
P.O. Box 427
Union, Illinois 60180

This museum has a huge collection of railroad signals. I don't have all the details
but if your interested in semaphores and have the chance to visit this would be 
THE PLACE. The in house signal experts name is Doug Oaks.

For a glimpse of the collection check of the image at

Location: Rossville, IL

Rossville Depot Railroad Museum (updated 11/98)
P. O. Box 1013
Danville, IL 61834-1013
Telephone: 217-359-2868
Alternate telephone: (217)748-6615
web site:
Located in the former Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad depot adjacent to CSXT's mainline
to Chicago, off of East Benton Street in Rossville.

Rossville Junction museum at Rossville, Illinois saved the train order
semaphores that were at Danville Junction in Danville, Illinois.  They
were the GRS train order style upper quadrant like the C&O and B&O used. 
I heard they were setup outside BEHIND the depot due to the very active
CSX Chicago to Nashville mainline. This is the former Evansville mainline 
of the former C&EI. The signals are not currently operable.
Information kindly supplied by Steve Long and Doug Nipper and Rick Schroeder

Location: Monticello, IL

Monticello Railway Museum
P.O. Box 410T
Monticello, IL 61856

Prominently displayed is a rare "banjo" style disc signal from the Illinois Central.
The manufacturer of this signal (U.S. & S. Co.   VS   Hall Signal ) is not known at this time.
The museum also owns 5 semaphore signals, two of which are train order type.
These units are believed to reside in storage.

Information kindly supplied by Doug Nipper.

Location: South Elgin, IL

Fox River Trolley Museum
365 South LaFox Street
P.O. Box 315
South Elgin, IL 60177-0315
Telephone: (847)697-4676

Reported to have one semaphore mechanism from the C&NW. 
It's likely a GRS Co. style 2A top-of-mast.

Located on Illinois 31, three blocks south of the State Street stoplight in the village of South
Elgin, convenient to I-88, I-90 and US-20. See the scenic Fox River Valley aboard
historic Chicago "L" and interurban cars on remnant of interurban line built in 1896. 

Location: Morris, IL

A former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific line mechanical TO semaphore exists 
at the downtown station.