Historic Elkhart, Indiana Train Depot, Still in Use Today
The Elkhart Train Depot was built in 1900 and is made with red brick and limestone trim. Since the St. Joseph River flows through what is now Elkhart, transportation of goods were by flatboats and arks. After the Railroad was built, Elkhart became a major contributor to the shipping Industry.
The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad services the area until 1914, when it became the New York Central Road. Just west of the station, is what they called the Hump yard, where each train car was pushed up a hill and as the gravity forced the train car down the hump, it was directed to the proper track, making up new trains, bound for different areas of the country. It was like a distribution center, where trains came in and were broken up and reconfigured into new trains. That yard is still in operation today.
In 1971 Amtrak started using the Elkhart Depot for passenger transportation. You can not buy a ticket at the depot, but it still is being used for passenger transportation. The station is open early in the mornings and late at night, 30 minutes before the train arrives.
For more information www.amtrak.com
The National New York Central Railroad Museum is just across the tracks from the depot, housed in a freight house, built in 1907.
Location of Depot: Downtown Elkhart, 131 Tyler Ave, Elkhart, Indiana 46515
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