If you’re looking for something to do and are fascinated by history, or even just find the prospect of being transported into a time when America was dominated by historic railroad tracks and passenger trains, the New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart, Indiana is a great way to pass time, whether you’re alone or with friends or family. Founded in 1987, the museum continues to peer back through time to when railroads were a symbol of our progress and prosperity as a nation.
Once the second-largest railroad in the United States, New York Central is preserved in memory in Elkhart by the existence of the Robert R. Young Yard, which was the largest railroad freight classification yard along New York Central’s 11,000-mile-long track. The museum boasts many equipment displays, model trains, and artifacts related to the historic American railroad of our past, both indoor and outdoor. Steam, diesel, and electric locomotives are included, as well as several different cars, cabooses, and other memorabilia.
The New York Central Railroad Museum offers a glimpse at one of the most important railroads in our country’s history, located at the railroad’s most important stop in Elkhart, Indiana. Elkhart was a vital connecting stop between the Atlantic coast and the Midwest, as well as two Canadian provinces.