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 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.

Service on the line is planned to be restored by Virgin Trains USA (operating as Brightline), with a station 34 mile (1.2 km) north of the museum, scheduled to open in 2021.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 9 July 2010.
  2. ^ Baitinger, Brooke (11 December 2019). "Brightline station coming to Boca Raton by 2021". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  3. ^ bocahistory.org http://www.bocahistory.org/tours-train-museum/. Retrieved 22 June 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ 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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