Florida Midland Railway (defunct)
The company was reincorporated on February 10, 1885; only 10 miles (16 km) had been graded. The new owners were E. W. Henck, S. M. Breuster, Carl Cushing, A. Menser and C. E. Munson of Florida, and Edward Page, Charles W. Morris and Cyrus Carpenter of Boston, Massachusetts.
The line was extended
|“||... beginning at a point on the Indian River and running through the counties of Brevard and Orange to Leesburg, in Sumter county, or to Eustis, in Orange county, or to points or a point of connection with railroads or a railroad running from these places, or from either of them, and from a point on the line of said road, in Orange county, to a point on the Gulf of Mexico, running through the counties of Orange, Sumter, Polk, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee and Monroe, or such of them as may be necessary to reach the terminal point, which shall be selected on the Gulf of Mexico.||”|
|— Florida state law chapter 3652, approved February 10, 1885, source unknown|
Land grants were promised, as long as part of the railroad was completed within a year.
Florida state law chapter 3795, approved June 2, 1887, expanded the area from which land grants could be chosen, and extended the deadline to June 1, 1888.
The railroad's track was 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge while it was independent, but when it was taken over by the Plant System in the late 1890s, all track north of the 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge section of the Sanford and St. Petersburg Railroad (also taken over by the Plant System) was abandoned and the remaining trackage from Sanford to Kissimmee was converted to 3 ft narrow gauge. The two narrow gauge lines were run in conjunction with one another, allowing the usage of the same narrow gauge equipment on both lines. The Plant System became part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad system in 1902.
From Ocoee to Kissimmee, the railroad is abandoned, and some elements remain.
These are listed from north to south.
- Clifton (junction Sanford and Indian River Railroad)
- Longwood (junction South Florida Railroad)
- Palm Springs (junction Orange Belt Railway)
- Lake Brantley
- East Apopka (junction Apopka and Clay Spring Railway)
- Apopka (junction Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad Orlando Division)
- Clarcona (junction Orange Belt Railway)
- Villa Nova
- Ocoee (junction Tavares, Apopka and Gulf Railroad)
- Doctor Phillips, previously known as Harperville
- Vineland, previously known as Orange Center, also Englewood
- Shingle Creek (Shingle PO)
- Kissimmee (junction South Florida Railroad)