NYCRR Museum Tour

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Mohawk 3001The National New York Central Railroad (NYCRR) Museum's entryway is centered on the Museum's gift shop and front desk. Visitors can explore a 1937-built streamlined observation car before proceeding to the main part of the Museum. A 1915 passenger coach is filled with exhibits on the early history of New York Central predecessor companies, centering on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. A timeline traces the local railroad history, from the Buffalo & Mississippi Railroad in 1833 through the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad's acquisition of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern in 1914. At the end of the coach, visitors proceed into the main exhibit area and gallery, located in the New York Central's freight house complex, this portion of which was built in 1906[?]. This area features the history of the New York Central at both the local and national levels. There are also several hands-on exhibits to help visitors experience railroad history.

  • -A "Gandydancer" display lets visitors construct a representation of railroad track.
  • -An interactive display of the Museum's L-3a 3001 Mohawk steam locomotive with bell, whistle, and throttle sounds, letting every visitor live their dream of becoming a locomotive engineer.
  • -A five track and two-tier O Gauge model railroad layout in an adjacent room.

A second passenger coach along the freight house houses the Museum's archives. Upon leaving the freight house complex, visitors proceed down the freight loading dock past an EMD E8 diesel-electric locomotive, into which they may enter both the engine compartment and cab. Beyond the E8 is the Museum's rolling stock collection, open to the public for exploration.

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Elkhart, IN 46516
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  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm
    Sundays, Noon - 4pm
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