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2007 Visitor Reviews of
Terror on the Railroad (Union, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: wolfie   (Event Visited: 10/27/07 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/31/07
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: We ended up getting lost on the way there. The country roads are hard to find, but once we saw a sign to the place it was no problem.

Wait Entertainment: The wait wasn't bad at all. We waited 30 minutes to load the first train. A little feedback would be to have some actors working the crowd or maybe some concession stands.

Length of Event: The whole event was about 1 hour long. Granted some of the time we were riding on the train to get to the next haunted train.

Actor Performance: I would have to say that this is where they did their best. All the actors stayed in character and followed you without saying anything. Which to me is creepy in itself. Awesome makeup on some and great masks on others.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was not bad...waited a little to long in the first train when we had to read the sign, but I am sure they wanted us to not run into the first group.

Appropriate Ages: I have three boys under 10 and I would not bring them to this. I would not bring any child under 13 to this event.

Props / Special FX: I would have to say this is where they could have improved. I felt they could have had more startle scares (sounds). Considering this is their first year not a bad job.

Costumes / Make-up: The ones in makeup were awesome. I especially liked the little mummy girl. The masks were tough because you could see the guys hair around it. He needed like a hood or something.

Summary: All in all the event was definitely worth ten dollars. I think they could have used a few more actors while loading the trains or in the wait area. Awesome idea with the vintage car due to the tight squeeze through out the train.

Reviewed by: compulsive   (Event Visited: 10/26/07 @ 11:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/29/07
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Directions on site are ok, though I advise mapquest as a back up plan, once you are in Union you will see many signs for museum making it very easy to find from there.

Wait Entertainment: What wait, very surprised there wasnt a wait. It did rain earlier the evening I went though.

Length of Event: about 50 min but a good 15 was waiting for train (theres 2 trains)

Actor Performance: Ok 1st myself personally-I have been to many haunted houses.. Im the one who is behind you laughing in many cases making fun of your girlfriend or ..boyfriend lol but this was not the case. The actors took there role very serious and didnt flip in and out of character even with taunting they taunt you right back in role and manage to keep control- which adds to the fear factor! at one point.. I actually ran, so yeah they rock!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Many of the areas are very narrow & dark- many creatures are waiting for you. which also adds to the fear- even though not many of us were inside at one time we pretty much walked the train doing a conga line simply because of fear!

Appropriate Ages: depends on your kid. I have a 5yr old who would scream and giggle to a real ghost but a 11 yr old that would wet his pants in here- so its totally up to the parent who knows there child best- if your child cant watch a horror movie without having nightmares after- then I adivse dont bring them with.

Props / Special FX: Not much for props- the kitchen was cool though- mostly dark, black lights, fog and strobs- there still very new but I think there off to a great start. Now if they could get the conductors to act a role more like maybe micheal myers- no talking would keep the fear going in between trains...

Costumes / Make-up: All but 2 seemed to be done professionally which really adds to fear factor, some more blodd and flesh scenes would top there cake.

Summary: Over-all I totally recommend going- its worth the trip and for $10 you cant beat it! Ive paid upwards to $40 for same fear level. They are new but serious when it comes to freakin you out- I would be surprised if they dont charge more next year! I will be back next year I expect it to hit a perfect 10 by then!

Reviewed by: batesmotel13   (Event Visited: 10/13/07 @ 10:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/15/07
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: Even if you are from out of town, it is very easy to find. The directions on the website are perfect. Just follow the signs to the railroad museum.

Wait Entertainment: There wasn't any. The entire ordeal is outside (with the obvious exception of the train rides) so be warned of the cold waiting.

Length of Event: an hour perhaps. When I went there was no waiting for it to begin but there is perhaps ten minutes within dedicated to waiting on platforms for another train.

Actor Performance: The actors were excellent even though we were the last group and they had had a busy night, they still maintained a high energy level. The clown was brilliant, completely in his part as well as the girls performing the seance. They made me jump a bit. The butcher and lonely girl wanting to play hide and seek followed our group for a long time harassing us and fighting with eachother. They really went all out.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Because the entire event is dependant on the train, the flow is good. Once inside the Screamliner, they break the groups up into even smaller groups which ultimately gets merged into a giant mob.

Appropriate Ages: 10+, maybe younger. 
They were really considerate to another group when someone asked them to tone it down because someone in that group gets easily scared. For the not faint of heart, it could be intense.

Props / Special FX: You walk through two trains. The first is very nicely decorated. It seems realistic. There is some music as well. The second one cheapens itself on props which isn't as important because it is actually moving while you're going through it.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes were okay. Some characters seemed to have incomplete ones but most were very good. The makeup, on the other hand, was bloody brilliant. Every single character had excellent gore and bruises and really enhanced the experience so much. Seriously, go and examine the makeup--it was that awesome.

Summary: I'm not easily scared. I've actually never been scared ever going through a haunt before, but this one did make me jump. I would highly recommend that everyone go. The price is good, especially when noted that the trains have to run on something other then crushed bones. The entire train concept is really very unique and fun. Most importantly, the actors put forth all of their energy and really want to make it awesome for each group. It is completely worth it. Make it out to Union this year.





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