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National New York Central Railroad Museum, Elkhart

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4.4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
The National New York Central Railroad Museum is a railroad museum located in Elkhart, Indiana dedicated to the preservation of the New York Central Railroad (NYC).The museum includes several outdoor equipment displays, indoor model railroads, artifacts from the NYC and other railroad related exhibits including educational displays pertaining to the history of railroading. The museum is currently expanding its dedication to the preservation of both local and national railroad heritage. The museum consists of a modified NYC 20th Century Limited train set and freight house built by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway (LS&MS) in 1907.HistoryElkhart was a vital link between East and West during the growth of railroading in the U.S. In 1833 the LS&MS built a line through town; it was later acquired by the NYC in 1914.The museum is situated opposite the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) east-west main line; NS freight trains pass approximately every 15 minutes. Amtrak's Elkhart Station is also within walking distance; daily service is provided by the Lake Shore Limited (Chicago-Boston/New York) and Capitol Limited (Chicago-Washington, D.C.).
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  • This museum has everything for the train enthusiast or if you are just looking for a great experience for kids of any age. It has something for everyone. From "Thomas the Train" To historic artifacts....  read more »
  • Nice museum for railroad memorabilia but the actual trains need a lot more work! Loved the toy train set up best! 
  • Was a very nice visit with a very cute little train ride for all that gives more history of the trains and shows off some of the different ones they have 
  • This is really a fabulous museum for kids of all ages and adults too. Toy trains (table) for little kids. Electric trains to watch. And real trains to explore.
  • Good if your into models trains but I would have liked a guided tour of the trains or at least more about where they came from. Only three were open.
  • Although some of the equipment is not in the best shape, the highlights of the collection make up for that downside. Many interesting and rare pieces of equipment.
  • As a railfan, this was a mecca. Very family friendly. Tremendous interactive model train layout. Very friendly staff/volunteers. Terrific collection of real rolling stock and locomotives. I want to go back even though it is a 4 hour drive.
  • Pushed us out before closing time which was hard to explain to a three year old who wanted to see more. He loved what he was able to see.
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