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  • February Newsletter +

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  • Day Out with Thomas coming in March! +

    GCRM is proud to announce the upcoming Day Out with Thomas 2014! Thomas will be visiting on the first two weekends in March. Visit the Day Out With Thomas events page for more information and how you can purchase tickets!  
  • GCRM's Founder Passes +

    It is with great anguish and sorrow that we must make the following announcement.  William Jennings Godfrey, Jr., the Founder of the Gold Coast Railroad passed away on September 9th in his North Carolina home. His great contributions to this organization will be never forgotten, and he was an absolute great individual who will be missed. Click Read More for Mr. Godfrey's biography and to leave a message on a website for his family. Read More
  • Chicago Burlington And Quincy No. 9913 Back Online +

    After working on it over this weekend, GCRM's beloved 1956 CB&Q EMD E8A No. 9913 recieved some much needed repairs to the rear Head End Power generator. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers John Tompkins, Jr. and David McIntyre, the 500 kilowat generator recieved attention relating to it's fuel. Previous to the repair, the generator was hunting and unstable. Expect to see the CB&Q No. 9913 at this month's First Saturday and Spooky Halloween. 
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    Each year, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum purchases thousands of dollars in Halloween and Christmas Decorations. Help us spread the holiday cheer to the numerous children and guests that visit on a daily basis. You can help! Have any working christmas lights that you don't want or need anymore? Just drop them off and donate them, email us at webmaster @ gcrm.org or give us a call at 305 253 0063. We'd like to help however we can. Lights & other decorations may be dropped off during normal business hours at our main store location: 12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, Florida 33177.
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The first phase of restoration on the presidential railcar Ferdinand Magellan is now underway thanks to the National Railroad Historical Society (NRHS). We really appreciate our recent
 grant award from NRHS to assist with painting and upholstery work. An interior restoration has long been overdue for this valuable railcar.  Visitors are now seeing historically appropriate upgrades to the car’s interior.


In the last three weeks painting has begun on the presidential stateroom, presidential bathroom and first lady’s room.  Prior to painting, paint chips were removed from underneath fixtures or on the insides of closets to attain the original color used in the rooms. Then, those paint chips were scanned on a computer and the pigment adjusted for the age and natural fading to attain a paint mixture that would be completely accurate to the original paints used.


The painting has been going very slowly because the walls are so cracked from age and scared from years of mildew buildup.  Thus, a great deal of preparation, repair and priming were necessary. Amazingly, the walls were still stained with coal dust residue from over sixty years ago.  There were also a large number of miscellaneous fixtures which had to be removed for painting as detailing around them simply was not practical.  

 

 It has been very interesting to be working in those rooms.  There is an overwhelming sense of history as one spends time in those spaces. For example, it is amazing at how many specialized handles and inventive detachable railings that still exist in those areas which had been installed years ago for President Roosevelt to facilitate his disability.  All of those many handles and railings have to be removed before painting, then cleaned and finally reinstalled.

 

While the painting is going on we are finalizing bids for the upholstery work and some minor carpet replacements as well as designing some protective runners.

 

 The Museum also thanks board member and volunteer David McFadden for installing plexiglass panels over the openings of the staterooms.  These panels allow visitors to view the interior of the rooms without damage to their historical furnishings. 

 

 

Support the Collection!

The Gold Coast Museum is a non-profit organization. This year, we gave approximately 24,000 passengers a ride aboard our railroad. We rely on our volunteers and your donations to help keep us running, without this money, we would not be able to do the countless restoration projects that we have on the property. Please consider supporting us in our venture to keep these lovely historic pieces of equipment operational. If you would like to donate towards a specific car or project, please, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can give directly to us by using paypal (Just click the picture below!), or by calling us at (305) 253-0063, and telling the store staff that you'd like to make a donation. Even a dollar can help us restore this historic and impressive equipment.

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