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National New York Central Railroad Museum, Elkhart

(4.4/5 based on 40+ 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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  • My three year old son and I had a wonderful afternoon at this wonderful train museum. My son loved the toy train exhibit, the largest I have ever seen! I enjoyed the history and the nostalgia. 
  • I have been there several times and only wish I lived closer so I could go more often, it gets better each time I go. I am a died in the wool NYC fan. 
  • The National New York Central Railroad Museum will evoke nostalgic pangs in any railroad buff. It will also underscore the sorry state of train travel in the US today. Situated alongside the busiest m...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.