National New York Central Railroad Museum, Elkhart

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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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  • We took our grand kids to see this museum while they were visiting from Georgia. They loved watching the trains go by while we were there and the model railroad kept them busy for a good while. The tr...  more »
  • Even though they were tearing up the train tracks out in front we had to drive all the way around back it was well worth it.. it was an old Dining Car converted really nice be nice place to take the k...  more »
  • What a dump. Honestly they are finally working on the crumbling walls and supposedly “ready to collapse” (according to staff) roof. But I think it’s a lost cause. And possibly a waste of Half a Millio...  more »
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  • My 3 year old LOVES trains!! This is one of the Best museums we've visited. The only thing that would make this more awesome is an actual train ride. I remember coming to this museum when I was little, so to be able to bring my son was pretty special. They have really ramped up their exhibits in the last 20 years.
  • If you like railroading and railroading history, you'll love this NYC museum in Elkhart... The museum has some nice artifacts on the inside, including an operating O gauge model train set... It also has a lot of models on display in glass cases, as well as a large model of a steam engine.. Outside a lot of rolling stock, including a nice NYC 4-8-2 Mohawk steam locomotive... As a retired Engineer on another road, I enjoyed my visit and the folks who volunteer their time are great people..! At $5 for a senior it was well worth it.. I think the standard charge is $6.. One more note, if you are a train watcher you'll have a front row seat as you watch train after train roll by right in front of the museum...! Also, you are right on Main St. in downtown Elkhart, so lunch or dinner is right up the road... I would definitely recommend a visit here...
  • This is a great place for train buffs to visit and for anyone who is fascinated by the history or railroads and trains. You can see an extensive selection of artifacts and historic photos of the early days of railroading, plus a huge model train exhibit and finish your visit by checking out its collection of historic locomotives and train cars.
  • Great museum for kids! The rail car facing main street, can also be rented for meetings, parties, get togethers...
  • Excellent little museum with a large collection. Some of the rolling stock is one of a kind, with the 4-8-2 Mohawk on display being the last one in existence. Plus, how many museums actually let you go into the cab and engine compartment of a historic diesel locomotive?

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