Lake Shore Railway Museum is located on the property of the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway (later New York Central), the primary transportation hub for the borough of North East. Many passengers and agricultural products passed through the station grounds during the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries. The property is home to both the 1899 passenger depot and the 1869 freight house. The railroad right-of-way adjacent to the station dates to 1851. The original railroad was also defamed by the short-lived "Erie Gauge War," related to riots in the city of Erie because the Erie & North East Rail Road, was changing its gauge from six-feet to the standard gauge of the railroads on either side of its 19-mile length. Hotels, vendors, and teamsters in Erie were in danger of losing a lucrative trade. Eventually a federal magistrate and cooler heads prevailed. In addition, about 100 feet south of the depot is the right-of-way of the former Nickel Plate Road.
Facility Amenities: ADA-compliant, Bus Parking, Free Admission, Gift Shop, Guided Tours, Handicapped Access, Vending machines
General Information: Dates Closed: Mid-Dec through mid-Apr., Hours: Mid-Apr thru Memorial Day, Sept, Oct, Sat. & Sun. Noon-4 pm.
June thru Labor Day, Wed.-Sun., Noon-4 p.m.