National New York Central Railroad Museum

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National New York Central Railroad Museum
NYC RR Museum Logo.jpg
Reporting mark NNYX
Locale Elkhart, Indiana
Dates of operation 1987–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Elkhart, Indiana

The National New York Central Railroad Museum (reporting mark NNYX)[1] is a railroad museum located in Elkhart, Indiana dedicated to the preservation of the New York Central Railroad (NYC).

The museum includes several outdoor equipment displays, indoor model railroads, artifacts from the NYC and other railroad related exhibits including educational displays pertaining to the history of railroading. The museum is currently expanding its dedication to the preservation of both local and national railroad heritage. The museum consists of a modified NYC 20th Century Limited train set and freight house built by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway (LS&MS) in 1907.[2]

History[edit]

Elkhart was a vital link between East and West during the growth of railroading in the U.S. In 1833 the LS&MS built a line through town; it was later acquired by the NYC in 1914.

The museum is situated opposite the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) east-west main line; NS freight trains pass approximately every 15 minutes. Amtrak's Elkhart Station is also within walking distance; daily service is provided by the Lake Shore Limited (Chicago-Boston/New York) and Capitol Limited (Chicago-Washington, D.C.).

Equipment[edit]

NYC EMD E8 #4085
Restored Conrail bay window caboose

Locomotives[edit]

Steam[edit]

  • New York Central 3001 (Alco #69338 of 1940): The largest surviving example of the NYC's modern steam power technology; only surviving L-3a class Mohawk; one of two surviving NYC 4-8-2 engines; one of the fastest locomotives of its time; primarily designed for mountain grades, it hauled passengers at speeds up to 80 mph (130 km/h) along the NYC's "Water Level Route" in the state of New York.

Diesel[edit]

Electric[edit]

Cabooses[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Interior displays[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Railinc, Search MARKs, accessed September 2009
  2. ^ "Elkhart, Indiana (EKH)". Great American Stations. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°40′48″N 85°58′15″W / 41.679868°N 85.970893°W / 41.679868; -85.970893