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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  • Tucked away in Elkhart, Indiana is a very nicely done railroad museum. The curators have assembled an impressive history of the New York Central System in the area along with quite a collection of pho...  more »
  • We enjoy traveling and checking out railroad museums! This museum is well laid out with plenty to see. Many of the engines you can climb up on.  more »
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  • This Museum was an afternoon well spent. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We were able to walk into the trains, read all about this Depot in Elkhart, and enjoyed the amazing model train room. We spent about two hours here just taking our time to read the plaques on the displays, sit on the porch and admire these monsters and imagine traveling by train. Thanks so much for the ability to get a hands on experience!
  • Great place to watch the trains go by. Very reasonable. Not very big but lots of interesting train exhibits inside and out. Friendly staff easy to find and park.

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