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National New York Central Railroad Museum

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Address: 721 South Main St, Elkhart, IN 46515
Phone Number: 574-294-3001
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Activities for all ages: Visit the museum to learn about railroading...

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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History of Railroad from NY to Midwest

With a friendly knowledgeable staff, detailed time line and rail maps dating from mid 1850s to the present, plus a working model train set this small but well laid out railroad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Renate P
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

With a friendly knowledgeable staff, detailed time line and rail maps dating from mid 1850s to the present, plus a working model train set this small but well laid out railroad museum is worth the price. Situated next to the current rails, this museum blends the past with the present. The 2700 piece model train set has some hand on... More 

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Thank Renate P
Elkhart, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In Elkhart, IN there is a NY Central RR Museum? Yes. 100-200 trains pass by each day! Outside: Steam Engine 3001. A small train for children to ride! Many old cars to explore! Inside: beautiful dioramas and displays, many HO, N trains running! Friendly staff. A slower paced museum with a small train store. You'll love the history here!

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Thank JoanTroyer
Plymouth, Indiana
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This is probably the one place that you should stop if you are just passing through town. They have a very impressive collection of trains and railroad memorabilia. The staff at the museum were also very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Thank Sawbo101
Elkhart, Indiana, United States
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

it is worth the money and the time to learn about the past. Lighting is poor many displays are in dark areas that hide the detail and blur the colors, but this is to help preserve these things as real strong light ages things faster and then you have nothing to look at

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Thank Randy H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Rail history buffs, and non buffs will appreciate the National New York Cenntral EailwY museum in Elkhart In. There is something for everyone,including a giant model rail layout inside, interactive things for the kids, like driving rail spikes and more. Adults will enjoy the displays of real NYC railroad pieces and artifacts, and all can explorer the rail yard outside.... More 

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Thank Dan B
Garrett, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Excellent Museum my husband especially enjoyed this attraction. We were able to walk through a vintage dining car and they had a model train layout that was outstanding.

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Thank NanaB12015
Zeeland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Love going to the old railroad museums and learning about the golden years! They have some great stories and pictures. Lot's of old equipment to see and it's right next to the mainline, set and train watch!!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

absolutley loved it worth the 10 dollors to get in. Take a picnic becuase youll be here all day! Wonderful day spent with the family

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Thank Kellyjtee
Round Lake, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Could not get to the place we wanted to go to due to time limitations, however we found a gem at this museum. We loved the railroad cars in the back and I was able to see another museum that was on my bucket list to visit. Suggest all railroad fans to stop and visit.

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Thank Tom R
Elkhart, Indiana
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

They have some neat old railroad cars and memorabilia. They could use some work to bring things up to a higher standard. All in all it is fun for the kids.

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