Boca Express Train Museum

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Boca Raton Florida East Coast Railway Station
FEC Railway Depot Boca SE.JPG
The Florida East Coast Railway Station in Boca Raton was renovated as the Count de Hournle Pavilion, and then became the Boca Express Train Museum
Boca Express Train Museum is located in Florida
Boca Express Train Museum
Boca Express Train Museum is located in the United States
Boca Express Train Museum
Location747 South Dixie Highway
Boca Raton, Florida  United States
Coordinates26°20′33.92″N 80°5′20.38″W / 26.3427556°N 80.0889944°W / 26.3427556; -80.0889944Coordinates: 26°20′33.92″N 80°5′20.38″W / 26.3427556°N 80.0889944°W / 26.3427556; -80.0889944
Built1930
ArchitectChester G. Henninger
Architectural styleMediterranean Revival
NRHP reference No.80000959[1]
Added to NRHP24 October 1980

The Boca Express Train Museum, operated by the Boca Raton Historical Society, is housed in a restored 1930 Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) train station in Boca Raton, Florida. designed by Chester G. Henninger, built for Clarence H. Geist. It is located at 747 South Dixie Highway, off U.S. 1 (Federal Highway). On October 24, 1980, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Use as a passenger train station[edit]

Historical plaque regarding the Boca Raton FEC station.

Historically, the station served several long-distance trains and one or two local trains. Into the early 1960s, passengers could take one of two Chicago-bound trains (on alternating days), the City of Miami or the South Wind (both via Birmingham) and the New York City-bound East Coast Champion, Havana Special, and Miamian from the FEC's station.[2] Into the latter 1950s, passengers could take the Dixie Flagler to Chicago via Atlanta from the station.[3] The FEC operated local passenger service between Jacksonville and the Miami area until July 31, 1968.[4]

Service on the line is planned to be restored by Brightline, with a station 34 mile (1.2 km) north of the museum, scheduled to open in 2021.[5] However, Brightline shut down operations during the 2020–2021 Covid pandemic.

Exhibits[edit]

The Museum contains two restored and unique 1947 Seaboard Air Line streamlined rail cars, a dining and a lounge car, built by the Budd Company and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Boca Express Train Museum also includes a 1946 Atlantic Coast Line caboose and a 1930 Baldwin steam switch engine.[6]

For sale[edit]

The Boca Raton Historical Society put the Train Museum up for sale in 2017, saying that maintaining two historic buildings (the other is the Society's home, Boca Raton's first city hall) is draining the nonprofit's resources.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 9 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Florida East Coast Railway, Table 1". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 94 (8). January 1962.
  3. ^ Herr, Kincaid A. University Press of Kentucky, 1964, p. 273.
  4. ^ Bramson, Seth H. Speedway to Sunshine: the story of the Florida East Coast Railway, Boston Mills Press, 2010, p. 153. ISBN 9781554077533.
  5. ^ Baitinger, Brooke (11 December 2019). "Brightline station coming to Boca Raton by 2021". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on 1 January 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". bocahistory.org. Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Shatzman, Marci (26 April 2017). "Bid deadline set for Boca's historic train depot". West Boca Forum. Sun-Sentinel. p. 3.

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