Gold Coast Railroad Museum

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GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM
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Gold Coast Railroad Museum is located in Florida
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
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Location within Florida
Established 1956
Location Miami, Florida
Coordinates 25°37′02″N 80°24′03″W / 25.617142°N 80.400706°W / 25.617142; -80.400706
Website gcrm.org

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum (reporting mark GCOX)[1] is located in Miami, Florida.

Description[edit]

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum was founded in 1956. The museum was built on the former Naval Air Station Richmond (NASR). With over three miles of tracks, the old base was an ideal place to build a railroad museum.

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is one of three Official State Railroad Museums in Florida.[2] It became a Florida state railroad museum in 1984 when it received statutory recognition by the Florida Legislature as meeting the four statutory criteria that: its purpose is to preserve railroad history, it is devoted primarily to the history of railroading, it is open to the public, and it operates as a non-profit organization.

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum promotes historical trains and railroads. It houses over 30 historic trains including classic railroad cars like the Western Pacific "Silver Crescent” and engines like the Florida East Coast "113.” The Museum strives to teach railroad history with the use of artifacts, movies, and railroading materials. The Museum includes a number of displays that are interactive.

The Museum's train rides allow guests to board vintage trains and get a taste of the past. On certain days, guests can ride in standard gauge railway cars and can also ride in the cab of the train's locomotive. The separate, 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge Link Train also offers rides.[3]

Exhibits[edit]

One of the most important exhibits is the Presidential Car "Ferdinand Magellan". The museum also has a collection of model railroad equipment.

Locomotives[edit]

The Museum has both steam and diesel locomotives on display. Several of the diesel locomotives are operational and active. Some of the locomotives on location are:

Steam Locomotives[edit]

Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Steam Locomotive #153

Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Steam Locomotive #113

Steam Engine #9, "Saddle Tank" Locomotive

Diesel-electric Locomotives[edit]

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) S-2 #1

Gold Coast Railroad Museum (GCOX) RS-1 #106

Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) E-9A #9913

Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) E-8A #1594

Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) GP-7 #1804

Seaboard FP-10 #4033

Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac (RF&P) "Slug"

Other Locomotives[edit]

East Swamp & Gatorville Railroad 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge[4] 4-4-0 Locomotive #3 (built by Crown Metal Products; donated by Edwin Albert Link; originally coal-powered, but now run on compressed air)

Freight and Other Cars[edit]

The freight cars and other railroad cars on display include:

US Dept of Interior-Bureau of Mines Helium Field Operations - Helium Transportation Car MHAX #1202

Frisco Line Railroad Gondola Car #60053

Port Everglades Railroad Flatcar #1103

Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL) Steam Crane #765157

Burro Crane #15

Southern Railway (SR) Boxcar #260909

Southern Railway (SR) Boxcar #27416

Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL) Boxcar #126307

Belcher Oil Company (BEPX) Tank Car #105

Belcher Oil Company (BEPX) Tank Car #121

United States Army (USAX) Side Dump Ballast Car

United States Army (USAX) Flatcar #35703

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) Caboose #0322

Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL, ex SAL) Boxcar #593188

Rolling Stock[edit]

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum has over 40 pieces of railroad rolling stock and equipment.

Model Railroading[edit]

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum exhibits include a number of model railroads in many scales, including N, HO, O27, and G scale. The collections and equipment on display have been donated or loaned to the Museum for the public's enjoyment.

Publications[edit]

Steam N' Steel Newsletter - published monthly.

Model Railroad Magazine - published online.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Railinc, Search MARKs, accessed September 2009
  2. ^ Section 15.045, Florida Statutes.
  3. ^ Gold Coast Railroad Museum - Train Rides
  4. ^ Crown Metal Products Locomotive Roster

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