National New York Central Railroad Museum

The National New York Central Railroad Museum, located in Elkhart, Ind., recaptures the glory days when the America's railroads were symbols of progress and goodwill ambassadors across the country.

National New York Central Railroad Museum

Elkhart, Indiana 46514, United States

Created By: Ruthmere

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The National New York Central Railroad Museum, located in Elkhart, Indiana, recaptures the glory days when the America's railroads were symbols of progress and goodwill ambassadors across the country. The Museum was founded in 1987 and is an ever-growing preservation site of both local and national railroad heritage pertaining to the New York Central System. The New York Central was once the second-largest railroad in the United States, with eleven thousand route miles of track in eleven states and two Canadian provinces. Elkhart is a natural home for the Museum: the New York Central's Robert R. Young Yard (now Norfolk Southern Railway's Elkhart Yard) is the largest railroad freight classification yard east of the Mississippi River. Just as when the railroad first arrived in Elkhart in 1851, Elkhart functions as a vital link in the chain connecting the Atlantic Seaboard with the Midwest and beyond. The Museum's goal is to tell the story of the vast New York Central System, and its predecessors and successors into the modern era.

Visit the City of Elkhart's web page about the NNYCRM to find out more


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New York Central Locomotive #4085 is a diesel electric locomotive built by General Motors, Electric Motor Division, in August 1953. It’s one of sixty E-8 locomotives bought by the New York Central during its motor-power transition from st... Read more
The New York Central 3001 is a steam locomotive built in October 1940 by the American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, New York. Steam locomotives with four pilot wheels in front, eight drive wheels, and two trailing wheels—a 4-8-2—we... Read more
This tender, originally identical to that of the 3001's, is the only surviving car of the New York Central Mohawk 3042, an L3B model. The L3B and L3C Mohawks were follow-on class to the L3A, such as the 3001, the design purely for freight t... Read more
New York, New Haven, and Hartford railroad rail-dining car number 953 was built in June, 1949, by Pullman Standard for the New Haven, a large railroad in southern New England. It could seat fourty-eight passengers for meals, and included t... Read more
New York Central Wrecker Crane X-13 was built in 1946 by the Industrial Brownhoist Company of Bay City, Michigan, one of four for the Central with a two hundred and fifty ton lifting capacity in order to handle even larger locomotives and e... Read more
South Shore Car fifteen was built in 1926 by the Pullman Company for the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad. It was part of an initial order of twenty six all-steel cars to begin replacing the electric line’s wooden cars, some of... Read more
Mail and Baggage Car number 1016 was built in 1914 for the Michigan Central, an important part of New York Central Lines. It was built by the Standard Steel Company in Butler, Pennsylvania and was assigned to carry baggage and mail on passe... Read more
New York Central Caboose number 21084 is called a Bay Window Caboose. It has bay windows on each side instead of an elevated cupola on the top of the car. This type originated in the 1920s because they allowed increased visibility along a t... Read more
This tank car, 16039, was built for the New York Central system in December, 1952 for the transportation of liquids. Most tank cars will only transport one particular liquid in their service lives because of the extra work needed to clean o... Read more
Ice-cooled, Milwaukee Road Refrigerator Cars 38662 and 38794 were built in the early 1950's to allow perishable goods such as vegetables and meat to be hauled across country. Before the days of modern mechanically refrigerated cars, these i... Read more
Conrail Caboose number 21230 was built in July 1978 by Fruit Growers Express. Only three cabooses of this exact type were ever built; one was wrecked and another scrapped. This one was donated to the museum by Conrail in 1997. Conrail was ... Read more
Electric locomotive 4882 is a former Pennsylvania Railroad engine. It operated in Pennsylvania’s electrified territory in the East. The 4882 is one of one hundred and thirty nine Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives, with a model designation... Read more
New York Central Crane 28 is a 1920's example of the Central’s common smaller wrecker cranes. It was based in the Harmon Yard at Croton-on-Hudson, New York where electric locomotives replaced diesel and steam locomotives on trains heading... Read more
The streamlined observation car now painted and lettered as New York Central equipment is actually Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Observation Car number 454, the Minnesota. The Minnesota was built in 1937 by the Budd Company; it w... Read more


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