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About Us

Our History

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 acquired 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 is a Non-Profit Organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Museum Operations

The Museum Gift Shop and Ticket Office is open 10 AM to 4 PM, Wednesdays through Sundays. Train rides are only available on Saturdays and Sundays. Be sure to check our calendar for planned events and departure times.

Our train operates on a six mile rail line between Parrish and Willow, Florida in rural Manatee County. Built by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in the early 1900s, this was the first line through Manatee County. Following the merger of the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Airline in 1967, this line was downgraded and finally abandoned in 1986.

Each weekend our diesel powered trains take passengers on a 1.5 hour excursion using a variety of open-air, open-window and air conditioned cars. Trains are operated entirely by museum members volunteering thousands of hours a year to make this unique experience possible.

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 Musuem

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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a train traveling down train tracks near a field