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National New York Central Railroad Museum

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Address: 721 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516-3715
Phone Number:
+1 574-294-3001
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Couldn't figure out why this was so empty

My three year old son and I had a wonderful afternoon at this wonderful train museum. My son loved the toy train exhibit, the largest I have ever seen! I enjoyed the history and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Adam S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My three year old son and I had a wonderful afternoon at this wonderful train museum. My son loved the toy train exhibit, the largest I have ever seen! I enjoyed the history and the nostalgia.

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Thank Adam S
Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

I have been there several times and only wish I lived closer so I could go more often, it gets better each time I go. I am a died in the wool NYC fan.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

The National New York Central Railroad Museum will evoke nostalgic pangs in any railroad buff. It will also underscore the sorry state of train travel in the US today. Situated alongside the busiest mainline of the Norfolk Southern railroad, the constant din of mainline train traffic seems at odds with the sorry state of passenger railroading in the country. This... More 

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Thank DonMarinelli
Muncie, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

My husband and I took three of our boys, aged 14, 10 and 8. They loved the hands on exhibits and rolling stock that they could explore. The only thing I could complain about was that the staff was not overly friendly. I'm not going to say they were rude but most of them just walked around, not making eye... More 

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Thank nmrucker
Moses Lake, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

What a facility!! Lots of rolling stock, steam and diesel locomotives. A real must-see for Railroad and History buffs. Located right across from the New York Central train station - now AMTRAK, and on the main line of the Norfolk Southern, this is a train watchers delight also. Definitely worth a stop. Closed on Mondays though.

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Thank Warren C
Elkhart, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Took my son and grandsons for any afternoon of fun! We brought our lunch with us and ate in the dining car. The boys loved it. Then we went off into the museum. So many thing to see and read about. Hands on activities for a 5 and 6 year old boy were great! W Ended up at the huge... More 

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Cedar, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This museum has everything for the train enthusiast or if you are just looking for a great experience for kids of any age. It has something for everyone. From "Thomas the Train" To historic artifacts. They have a massive model layout. Not to mention the collection of rolling stock out side.( real train engines, cars and caboose). The staff goes... More 

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ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Nice museum for railroad memorabilia but the actual trains need a lot more work! Loved the toy train set up best!

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Thank Deb C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Was a very nice visit with a very cute little train ride for all that gives more history of the trains and shows off some of the different ones they have

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Warsaw, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim and wasn't disappointed I really like the fact that you can actually go inside some of the old trains even though they haven't been restored. So many museums you have to look at things behind glass but here you can actually put your hands on history

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