Aside from the static displays and general train rides FRRM offers they also feature special events throughout the year such as allowing Dads to ride for free on Fathers Day, charters in their operable caboose (which provides for a 1.5-hour trip for up to 16 people, many like to take advantage of it for events like birthday parties), A Day Out With Thomas the tank engine, and holiday extras (particularly around Christmas, Easter, and Halloween). As for the future of the museum they hope to build additional track and displays to allow more of their rolling stock and equipment to not only be displayed to the public but also protected from the elements in the event monies can be found for their restoration.
Preserved Florida Railroad Museum Locomotives
Brooklyn East District Terminal (BEDT) 0-6-0T #12 (Built by H.K. Porter in 1916.)
Seaboard Air Line 0-6-0 #223 (Built the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1913 as St. Louis-San Francisco Railway/Frisco #3749.)
Cargill Incorporated NW5 #61 (Built by Electro-Motive in 1947 as Union Belt of Detroit (Fort Street Union Depot) #2.)
Florida Gulf Coast Railroad GP10 #8330 (Operational. Built by Electro-Motive in 1954 as Union Pacific GP9B #183B. Later acquired by Illinois Central, rebuilt as GP10 and numbered 8330.)
Florida Gulf Coast Railroad 44-Ton Switcher #100 (Built by General Electric in 1953 as U.S. Navy #65-00345.)
GO Transit FP7 #904 (Built by General Motors Diesel in 1952 as Ontario Northland #1513. Currently carries no prime mover.)
Seaboard Air Line RS3 #1633 (Built by the American Locomotive Company in 1951 as New York Central #8277.)
Pennsylvania Railroad RS3 #8604 (Built by the American Locomotive Company in 1955.)
U.S. Army GP7 #1822 (Built by Electro-Motive in 1951. Stored.)
U.S. Army GP7 #1835 (Operational. Built by Electro-Motive in 1951.)
Most of the Florida Railroad Museum's preserved equipment includes pieces manufactured after World War I. For instance, nearly all of their locomotives are diesels built in the 1930s or later while they possess a pair of steam locomotives; a small 0-6-0T "Saddletank" that spent many years operating along the New York City waterfront as well as another small switcher design (neither example is currently operational). The organization's small fleet of cars include a few coaches, a sleeper, and commuter equipment. Many of these are products of the Pullman company. In addition, they own just a few freight pieces that include a few cabooses, a covered hopper, tank car, and refrigerated boxcar (reefer).
|The same two locomotives are seen together here at the museum.|
So, if you have any interest in Florida railroad history or would just like to help with a worthy cause please consider providing a donation or just volunteering to help out. I know that they would very much welcome, and appreciate it! All in all, if you are ever in southwest Florida and interested in railroads and/or history you should certainly consider a visit to the Florida Railroad Museum, it is a fine operation (one of the largest in the state, along with the Gold Coast Railroad Museum) with plenty of historic equipment and memorabilia on hand to see. For information about the museum please visit their website.
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