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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  • 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 »
  • Very good collection of Items and Outdoor train exhibits from the old New York Central. Many different RR artifacts and train Models in various display cases with a well laid out Model Train Exhibit. ...  more »
  • There are inside and outside exhibits here to fascinate all ages. The inside portion is comfortably air conditioned and nicely set up to show a history of trains on the NY Central RR. The actual cars ...  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?
  • I took my three-year-old son Because he loves Trains and we will definitely be going back! The staff was very friendly and helpful!
  • 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!
  • Had a great time wandering the displays with D-Man
  • 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.

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