About Us

The Florida Railroad Museum, Inc. was founded as The Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum with the stated goal of preserving Florida's railroad history. Over the years, the Museum has aquired and restored rolling stock and equipment to operate for the public's enjoyment. We hope our visitors appreciate the sights and sounds of Florida railroading as it existed in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Museum enjoys non-profit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Museum Operations

To achieve its goal of operating equipment and recreating the sights and sounds of Florida railroading, the Museum operates on a six mile line between Parrish and Willow, Florida in rural Manatee County. This railroad line was the first railroad to be built in Manatee County. Each weekend diesel locomotives pull equipment consisting of open window coaches, a covered gondola, and an air conditioned coach. Trains are operated entirely by Museum members volunteering thousands of hours a year to make this unique experience possible.

The Museum is open and operates train rides year-round every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, excluding a two week break for Christmas and New Years. Trains operate rain or shine and depart from our station on 83rd Street East in Parrish just behind the old Post Office. Special weekend events are planned throughout the year and may supercede our regular operating schedule.

Future Operations

The Museum is currently expanding its facilties in Willow where restoration and repair work is conducted. Additional storage tracks have been built to accomodate a larger collection of rolling stock and provide additional space for restoration work.

Longer range plans include static exhibits and displays in Willow and opening the restoration facilties to the public. Lots of work remains. Join the Museum today and help support of Florida's Railroad History!

Support the Museum

All donations are tax-deductible and go directly towards the General Fund for restoration and operation of the Museum's railway equipment.

 

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