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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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  • This is a small collection of items. Not nearly as big as our RR museums. The rolling stock is in need of some significant maintenance  more »
  • Last fall I brought the kids and my Father-in-law here. There are lots of interesting things here, but the kids really enjoyed the train table and the model train display. This is a self guided tour. ...  more »
  • 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 »
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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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