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Saturday, 06 February 2016 19:32

History Buffs Buff Up the Ferdinand Magellan

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The Presidential Railcar US no. 1 Ferdinand Magellan Detail Team came out to buff up the now 74 year old refurbished railcar at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum on Monday February 1st. The  volunteer group detail team worked hard to make the POTUS railcar, which is the equivalent to Air Force One, look shiny and new. Check out our facebook page for photos!

Channel 7 spoke with the gentlemen working on the car on Monday and put together a wonderful video on Dade County's First National Historic Landmark, the "Ferdinand Magellan" Presidental Pullman.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 19:30

Kids Caboose Club

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No school today? Nothing to do with the kids? No problem.

Be part of our Kids Caboose Club!
arts and crafts, bounce house, movie, face painting, scavenger hunt, board games, storytelling, vendors, and more.

Meet author Susie Ruder at our book signing.
Enjoy readings from her book, The Train Ride.

$10 non-member, $5 museum members
if paid before Friday, February 12
$12 non-member, $8 museum members at the door.

Kids Caboose Club is for children ages 3-12. 
Children must be accompanied by adults at all time.
Adult admission: $8
Lunch from home is recommended.

For tickets call 305.253.0063 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 00:01

Thank you, City of West Miami!

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We would like to thank the City of West Miami for presenting The Gold Coast Railroad Museum with a Certificate of Recognition for our contribution to the enhancement of the arts with The Polar Express Train Ride. We greatly appreciate the support and acknowledgments and all those who have come out to visit the North Pole!


Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:29

Video of FEC #113 under steam before Andrew!

Friday, 22 May 2015 14:27

NASA Skirt Car Delivery Report

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On Thursday, May 21, 2015, CSX took the former NASA Solid Rocket Booster Skirt Car on the last leg of its journey from the Florida East Coast interchange west of Miami International AIrport to the museum property.

These cars were used to carry conical "skirt" sections of the Solid Rocket Boosters. GCRM has recently acquired them after NASA discontinued railroad operations.

CSX Iocal O721 was commissioned to do the job. This interchange, unlike the well-documented one with the famed NASA #2, was more uneventful and FEC power was not a part of it. Indeed, it was simply a freight pickup, as was probably the case when Oleander (the unofficial name of this junction) was a frequent interchange point between FEC and CSX.

As such, CSX power would roll onto FEC tracks to retrieve the car. Without FEC power to shove the cargo, the interchange required a few additional maneuvers.

After the skirt car was dragged onto the mainline, the GP39-2 #4314 would shove the car a couple yards west so it could run around and be on the west side of the car. That way, the consist can seamlessly shove back to the rest of O721's train, which had freight for other local customers.

I would catch up with the train at SW 75th Avenue on the CSX mainline to see the train at track speed, 25mph. With this image, one can have a feel for the massive size of these cars. They are about 13 feet wide and as tall as an autorack car.

O721 would go on to work yet another customer and then make the delivery. I would head home because the delivery point is difficult to access, and also, this operation was being done at the height of rush hour. Next time. Though, going forward we can look to having photo ops with NASA #2 and the skirt car on property.

A video will be posted soon and this article will be updated accordingly.

Monday, 14 July 2014 14:04

We need your donations!

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Now in existence since 1957, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to our patrons. We hope that you will be able to take part in one or more of the many exciting events that we are offering this year and experience firsthand the pride we take in supporting our cause.

It is the mission of the Museum to serve by educating all who walk through its doors. Its service through education focuses on visual and tactile interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary exhibits, programs, inter-generational outreach activities and special artistic and cultural events which speak to the richness and diversity of Florida’s industrial heritage.

In order to meet our mission and provide services to Miami-Dade County, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn't be able to serve the county’s residents as well as visitors to Miami-Dade each year.

We ask that you make a commitment to support our appeal by making a cash donation. We hope that you will be able to make a contribution to any one of the following projects. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work. Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size. Thank you in advance for your support!

Projects in need:

1.    Purchase of Railroad Ties

2.    Solid Rocket Booster parts with a skirt car are being donated by NASA. We need funds to have it moved on to the museum property.

Donations may also be made in person at our museum store. 

Warmest Regards,

Lilia Fontana
Executive Director
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
12450 SW 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33177-1402
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The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, we count on the support and generosity of our members, donors, sponsors and volunteers.

Home of the Presidential Railcar – U.S. 1 – Ferdinand Magellan.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014 01:35

GCRM Train Ride Circa 1995 on Youtube

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