Railroads in general and the South Shore Line Railroad in particular, do not create tangible goods. They move people and things from one place to another—one of the most fleeting and ephemeral activities known to man. Transportation cannot be banked, stored, or recycled.
It is, however, essential to modern life and progress, and the comfort and prosperity that has defined America for the last two centuries.
It is vital, alive, and relatable. The South Shore Line transported people to different places through changing times. (over the course of century) The South Shore Line Museum likewise strives to transport people to different places, times, and realities. The SSLMP invites them to experience the journey through a variety of means and in in ways they find most rewarding and meaningful. The SSLMP’s primary objective is to create new memories, rekindle old ones, make connections and to provide opportunities to engage (with) the history of the South Shore Line in ways that might prove most enlightening and useful.
The SSLMP does so using original South Shore Line equipment, authentic railroad experiences and environments in addition to newer technologies like virtual reality, simulation and every tool available to contemporary museum practice.
Our vision is to use the South Shore Line railroad as a portal for the exploration of history, technology, culture, and the evolution of life in Northwest Indiana.