Sunday, September 21, 2014
Loading...





Director Robin Hume has made changes in the last year to help the museum pay for itself.

The New York Central Railroad Museum can report higher revenues in 2011 and has several projects it's working on.

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — It’s been a year since Robin Hume took over at the New York Central Railroad Museum. Since then, revenue has increased compared to figures from 2009-11. While her staff keeps detailed admissions records, Hume said there isn’t information before her ascent. Revenue from the gift shop has also doubled.

While the museum still runs off funding from the city, Hume is optimistic about its future ability to provide its own funding.

“At some point we will, hopefully sooner than later, be able to be self-sustaining,” she said. “Being able to bring in grants will additionally help with that and take any pressure off of the city.”

The museum has started a “Friends of the New York Central Railroad Museum,” a 501(c)3 organization that has been granted nonprofit status by the state. It is still waiting for the federal government to do the same. The group was established in February of this year, and will act as a fundraising arm for the museum. It will be able to apply for more grants that will help the museum tackle additional projects, such as a cover for the Mohawk steam engine.

The Mohawk used to be a steam engine that ran from New York to Chicago and stopped in Elkhart. The train is leased to the museum from the Lakeshore Railroad Historical Foundation. It will need several million dollars to be completed, and Hume said right now the volunteers are taking care some of the aesthetic aspects, to at least ensure that it looks the same way it did years ago.

“We want to preserve it and make sure it doesn’t deteriorate any further,” she said.

The museum has plenty of projects to keep it busy. It hopes to hold a ribbon cutting to open the children’s train, the NIBCO Express, in June. Next weekend it will hold the 2nd Annual Model Steam Toy, Engine and Erector Set Show. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 and May 12. The convention will be presented by the A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society.

This weekend, the New York Central System Historical Society will have its annual convention. It will be the first time the society has had the event in Elkhart. There will be display booths, food for sale, opportunities to see the museum exhibits, working model trains and video and slide shows. The train fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the train fair is $5 for adults, $4 for children ages four to 12 and seniors 61 and older, and free for those three and under.

The museum is at 721 S. Main St., Elkhart. For information, call 294-3001, email info@nycrrmuseum.orgwww.nycrrmuseum.org;[URL]. For information on the New York Central System Historical Society, go to [/URL]www.nycshs.org;http://www.etruth.com/article/20120327/NEWS05/703279981/0/FRONTPAGE[URL].[/URL]




Loading...
Loading...
Loading...

Posted 9 minutes ago
 Former Army Reserve Sgt. Xavier Watt visits his grandfather's grave, who served in the U.S. Air Force,  on Memorial Day at the Houston National Cemetery on May 26, 2014, in Houston.  Like hundreds of thousands of soldiers back from the war in Iraq, Watt has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and is finding that complicates things in the workplace. He takes medication to control his dark moods, he's had extensive counseling to help him cope with conflict and he leans on his supportive family as he wrestles with scarring memories earned a decade ago far away.  He says he is OK to return to work and that he's got medical reports to prove it. So far, SunEdison won't let him back.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates 400,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of PTSD.  (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

Posted 9 minutes ago
 ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 21- In a fall 1987 file photo, Paul Florence, vice-president of the Drive-In Theater Corp., looks at the back side of the movie screen at the Airport Drive-In Theatre in Marquette, Mich., shortly before the Marquette County Board approved purchasing and razing the theatre. Plowed under by an ever-building wave of technology, Marquette County's once popular three outdoor theaters reside in what's known today as the drive-in theater

Posted 9 minutes ago
Back to top ^