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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Small but all sorts of exhibits

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Natalie R
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36 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 you're in the area.

Thank Natalie R
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

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.

Thank Adam S
Springfield, Missouri
1 review
Reviewed 6 November 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.

Thank ronstrainshop
Pittsburgh, PA
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106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 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 

Thank DonMarinelli
Muncie, Indiana
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 October 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 

Thank nmrucker
Moses Lake, Washington
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184 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 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.

Thank Warren C
Elkhart, Indiana
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 September 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 

Thank blackcrowcoffeecafe
Cedar, Michigan
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 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 

Thank tenaj6835
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 August 2016

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

Thank Deb C
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3 reviews
Reviewed 23 July 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

Thank Sara E

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