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Meet the Author! Images of Rail: Central Illinois Train Depots by Thomas Dyrek

Saturday, June 12
Starts at 10:00 AM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Meet the Author! Images of Rail: Central Illinois Train Depots by Thomas Dyrek

The Museum is thrilled to host local author Thomas Dyrek, who will be signing copies of his first book featuring images on train depots found around Central Illinois. The book signing will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on the Museum’s Plaza (located on Washington Street) during the Farmer’s Market.

Thomas Dyrek is a senior at Normal West High School who has had a lifelong passion for all things train related. For the past several years he has traveled throughout Illinois and surrounding states taking pictures of trains and train stations and has built up a large collection of historic railroad photographs as well. A few years ago, Dyrek wrote an article about railroad depots in McLean County for the McLean County Genealogical Society’s journal. Since then, his interest in stations greatly expanded, and during 2020 and early 2021 he wrote his first book, Central Illinois Train Depots. The book covers many of the area’s railroad depots and their history, and features photographs of his own, from his collection, and from the cameras and collections of other railroad photographers and local museums (including the McLean County Museum of History). It is Dyrek’s hope that the book will inspire readers to go out and visit their local stations and learn about their own community’s railroad history.

Copies of Dyrek’s book will be available for purchase for $21.99 plus tax. For more information about this event, please contact the Education Department at or 309-827-0428.

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