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National New York Central Railroad Museum

721 South Main St, Elkhart, IN 46515
574-294-3001
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Elkhart
Type: Museums
Owner description: Activities for all ages: Visit the museum to learn about railroading history, see the Stanley Bell...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Activities for all ages: Visit the museum to learn about railroading history, see the Stanley Bell Model Train Layout and his various scale collection, observe trains going by on one of the busiest lines in the Midwest, tour the rolling stock, build your own wooden track layout on the 4’x 6’ train table, take a spin around the track on the Ride on Thomas the Train and more.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

In my opinion this is a first rate railroad museum. In my travels across the United States I have visited many railroad museums and this one rates as one of the best. First rate inside and outside exhibits. Steam and diesel locomotives along with a fair amount of rolling stock. As an added bonus, the museum is located adjacent to... More 

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Augusta, GA
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268 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

There isn't a huge amount of things to see and do in Elkhart, but this is definitely one of the must see items, especially if you love trains. The collection of memorabilia is amazing.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Even if you are just moderately interested in trains, this is a great place. The volunteers have time for you and know what they're talking about. The model locomotive made out of toothpicks is tremendous!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Pleasantly surprised. Not really into trains, but this museum was educational and fun. Good exhibits - impressive train display and you can go into some train cars. Recommended.

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Batavia, NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

So, why is there a National New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart, INDIANA? That was the first question I asked them. Answer: Elkhart was a main stop between NY and Chicago during the NYC’s heyday. It was a crossroads with other major rail lines, and the NYC was important to Elkhart and central Indiana’s transportation success during the last... More 

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nappanee, Indiana, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

was recommended to visit here from a coworker when I stated my son liked trains. We took our 3 children (1, 4, & 6). The kids had a really good time. Plenty of stuff for the young and for the train enthusiast. $22 for the 5 of us. We spent about 90 minutes there. Could've spent a bit more time... More 

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BiggVikesFan80
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Admission was $5 for me and my son was free since he is under 3. My son loved the play table and the miniature railroad display. It was a great way to spend 2 hours.

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Elkhart, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

I am a lifelong resident of Elkhart and have visited this museum numerous times before. The purpose of today's visit was for my mother to get a firsthand look at the interior of a caboose which she has never been inside. The museum has a total of 6 and most are in various stages of restoration. For me, the inside... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Local friends took us to this and we were very pleasantly surprised how interesting the place was. Very good selection of engines, carriages from the days of steam onwards. The museum is staffed by properly knowledgable and enthusiastic people, who are keen to help and share what they know. We loved that you could simply climb up onto and into... More 

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St George Brant
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I have been to a number of RR Museums. This one is the top of my list for allowing you to climb on, around and through the rolling stock outside. It was great. I was waiting for someone to come and ask/tell me to stay off. But they seem to encourage you to explore. Great photo ops. The display inside... More 

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