National New York Central Railroad Museum

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The National New York Central Railroad Museum Railinc, , accessed September 2009 is a railroad museum located in Elkhart, Indiana that preserves the history of the New York Central Railroad.

The museum is opposite the Elkhart Amtrak station and includes several outdoor equipment displays, indoor model railroads, relics from the NYC and other railroad related exhibits including educational displays pertaining to the history of railroading. The museum is expanding its dedication to the preservation of both local and national railroad heritage.


Elkhart was a vital link between East and West during the growth of railroading in the United States. In 1833 the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway was established and built a line through the town. The LS&MS was acquired by the NYC in 1914.

Equipment collection

Steam locomotives
* New York Central 3001 (Alco #69338 of 1940): The largest surviving example of NYC modern steam power technology and the only surviving L-3a class Mohawk. It is one of two surviving NYC 4-8-2 engines. This steam-powered locomotive was one of the fastest locomotives of its time; primarily designed for use in the mountains, it often hauled passengers at speeds up to along New York Central's "Water Level Route."

Diesel locomotives
* 1953 EMD E8 - NYC #4085, was the lead locomotive of the eastbound 20th Century Limited when it left Chicago, Illinois bound for New York City for the last time on December 2,......

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