National New York Central RR Museum
Elkhart & Western RR
Grand Elk RR
NS Elkhart Yard
The Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 574
Access by train/transit:
Elkhart is a neat little town with a big yard.
Furthermore, it is home to the National NYC RR Museum, the
Elkhart and Western RR, and a newly formed road by the name of the
Grand Elk RR, going
from here to
Grand Rapids over the leased Norfolk Southern line, a 122.9 mile run.
In 1851, the Michigan Southern & Northern
Indiana Railroad Company built the first
rail line through the city, and by 1852 the first passenger train passed
through town. This, in turn, caused major population growth.
Today, Norfolk Southern has the
biggest railroad presence in town, although Elkhart has 2 other railroads
(the shortline Elkhart and Western (operated by Pioneer Railcorp) and the
regional Grand Elk RR (operated by Watco). Amtrak has two trains that
stop in Elkhart: the Lake Shore Limited and Capital Limited. Canadian
Pacific runs 6-8 trains through town on Norfolk Southern's trackage.
In 1889, the second streetcar system in the world
opened on Elkhart, but was subsequently taken apart in the mid 60's as the
bus revolution took place (as done in most U.S. cities).
If anyone has better pictures of the signals, please consider sending them
to me.... thanks.
Adam Lloyd, photos
Jack Prange II for tips and photographs
Denver Todd for pictures of the National NYC RR Musuem
Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
Below as needed.
Here are a couple of photo tips from Jack Prange II, who visits Elkhart about once a month to take pictures
(please note, these locations do not reference my site locations below):
Location A: The Depot is still a good place to shoot from, although
you might want to shoot from the side with the over hang since a new
business went at the station and is using the parking on the left side of the building.
Location B: National New York Central Railroad Museum on the south
side of the station.
Location C: At the west end of the yard on the north side, there is a
former Green House/Garden Center that is now something else. On the
right side there is access road to the business that is not used you can sit
there and watch train leaving from the on the Westbound departure and come
in on the Inbound Runner and not get run-off for trespassing.
Location D: The Gas Station in the same area but wouldn't really
suggest it since it's always busy. And,
Location E(ish): Is the fuel pad right next to 933..... there is a
business there that closes up after a certain time, and you can use the
parking spots after they close.
We'll try to get him to take some signal pictures on his next visit :-) :-)
The National NYC RR Museum
GPS Coordinates: 41.680434, -85.970299
The museum is housed in a former New York Central freight warehouse, and
sits across from the depot on the south side of the Norfolk Southern main
Three views of the National NYC RR Museum in downtown Elkhart.
According to sources found elsewhere, the Grand Elk RR started operation on March 7th or 8th of 2009.
Their headquarters is in Kalamazoo, but their engine work is performed in Grand Rapids.
160.800 - Switching/Road
160.860 - Hugart Yardmaster
161.070 - Switching/Road
161.505 - Amtrak Line Road
At MP31, Three Rivers at Main St, NB, picture from video by spikedawg09
Also at MP31, Three Rivers at Main St, NB, picture from video by spikedawg09
At Heimbach Rd, SB, also by spikedawg09, notice the signals
Norfolk Southern's Elkhart Yard
You never know what you will see coming in and out of Norfolk Southern's yard...
When I was there years ago, I caught a couple of Susie-Q SD's on the lead of a freight!
Nice yard, too bad there isn't a good place to watch the operations from.
NS cops are particularly nasty and efficient, and can and will arrest you for
trespassing. The best yard I've come across
for watching is the Norfolk Southern one in
Roanoke VA, where they don't seem to mind if you watch from up on the hill where the yard tower
is... great view from up there, BTW!!!!
The NS yard is large enough that you can't fit it into one birds eye view,
so I present an aerial shot for you.
The Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum is nestled in the heart of the Midwest and offers fans
of superheroes, film, animation and history in general an opportunity to gaze upon and
interact with one of the largest collections of superhero memorabilia, art, and comics
in the U.S., if not the world. Our collection is comprised of over 60000 comics, over
10000 toys and games, and over 100 pieces of animation and comic art. All of these
fantastic pieces are located in a 5000 square foot facility on the north side of
Elkhart, Indiana. This collection covers the 80 year history of superheroes in
comics, toys, film, and animation. Among the items on display are several
historically significant comic books, such as Captain America #1, Sensation
Comics #1 (the first cover appearance of Wonder Woman), and an Amazing
Fantasies #15 (the first appearance of Spider-Man) signed by Stan Lee.
The picture below was taken a month or so before the museum opened at this
A signal bridge on the south side of town behind an Advance Auto, just above E Hively
Ave/County Road 18.... There aren't as many signals in town as you would think.
These signals were replaced in early 2016? They used to be searchlight signals.
An older aerial shot.
Above: A view from Hively Ave, taken by Google in 2013.
Below: an aerial
view taken more recently, showing you the new cantilever signal bridge with
Shot from Lusher Rd is a NB NS freight with a Union Pacific engine on the
head-end. Courtesy Jack Prange II.
Colorlights - Yard Entrance
These signals are hidden by the trees along Lincoln Way, so you will have to
pull off the road and walk to get pictures of them.
WB Colorlights - Ash Rd
Mainline and yard exit signals along Lincoln Way.
Intermediate Colorlights - Mid Yard
Along Lincoln Way E, a little west of U-Haul.
EB Colorlights / Interlocking
Along West Franklin St, across from Okema St.
WB Colorlights / Interlocking
Signals in the area of the Amtrak/former NYC station were reconfigured when the track was realigned.
Location 7 is a new signal bridge.
EB Colorlight Signal Bridge
EB Colorlight Signals
A pair of signals for interlocking that is "kind of" in front of the
Depot/Amtrak station. These signals were removed with the track re-alignment.
EB Colorlight Signal
Interlocking signal in front of the Depot/Amtrak station. This signal
was removed with the track re-alignment.
This signal bridge is no longer in use since the track re-alignment.
The signals are scheduled to go to the museum.
A SB/EB freight at McDonald St.... gotta love this photo service from Bing... sometimes...
Proposed "trolley" busses coming
Elkhart is planning to buy seven new busses, designed from the ground up to replace aging
equipment on their roster.
The following pictures and article came from
I guess by now, they should be running, if they did indeed buy them.
Old Streetcar Picture found on EBay
Just north of the EWR is this girder bridge adjacent to a small dam.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click
here for their index page.
So far, this is the only vintage map I can find for the area.
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railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
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and/or other stuff.
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