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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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  • Friendly people, well laid out and well thought out - great variety of exhibits for young and old. Spent a happy hour wandering about, even nosing around the old rolling stock outside. Recommend if yo...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • 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?
  • Very interesting. Lots to see. If you like trains it's the place to go in Elkhart, In. They are restoring the cars. Also there's a O guage railroad set up. AND it's not expensive!
  • The National New York Central Railroad Museum is a remarkably interesting, informative, and fun place to visit. Getting to climb aboard the trains of ages past is like being swept up into a steam powered adventure. You will not be disappointed if you decide to cost the museum.
  • Great place to look at model railroad trains. Great happy place to visit. Thanks. Sorry with hello.
  • 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.