Travels with Charley: A Central Centered Museum

New York Central E-8 Diesel Locomotive #4085.

New York Central E-8 Diesel Locomotive #4085.

(Elkhart, Indiana) Our primary reasons for visiting this delightful city at the confluence of the Elkhart and Saint Joseph rivers is to appreciate art at the Midwest Museum of American Art and to groove to the sounds of the annual Elkhart Jazz Festival in June, but we have just added a third: training at the National New York Central Railroad Museum at 721 South Main Street.  We were in town Saturday to appreciate art, and we finished our business sooner than expected, so I proposed a walk south to the tracks to maybe take another look “at that train museum we had visited so long ago.”  Well, upon entering said museum, we quickly discovered that the National New York Central Railroad Museum is truly a repository of “the days when railroads were the undisputed symbols of progress, freedom, and adventure.”  The museum’s words, not mine, but I say that I enjoyed every exhibit in their 6,000 square feet of indoor space and prowling about their outdoor collection of locomotives that includes a L3a Mohawk Steam Locomotive, an NYC E-8 Diesel Engine, and a 1939 GG-1 Electric Locomotive.  My only regret after spending a delightful afternoon at the National New York Central Railroad Museum is that I did not have more time to study everything they have to offer for only $5 for senior admission.  Oh, I also regret that I never got to ride the famed 20th Century Limited of the late, great New York Central.  Hey, we were a Pennsylvania Railroad family as my grandfather worked for the Pennsy, and we did all our traveling between Chicago and Paoli, Pennsylvania on the late, great Broadway Limited.  But that is neither here nor there, for there in Elkhart you will find a most fabulous National New York Central Railroad Museum that is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.  They operate on Eastern time year round and are closed major holidays.  Seniors and kids are only $5, and adults a mere $6.  Oh, they will also let you rent their magnificently restored observation car for your next party. For more information, please call 574-294-3001 or visit: http://www.nycrrmuseum.org.  All Aboard!!!!

New York Central Mohawk 3001.

New York Central Mohawk 3001.

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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  1. Pingback: Take a ride on the New York Central Railroad. – Family Friendly Michiana

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