Tom Flanary is a Director on the Board of Directors, and maintains the website for GCRM. He has been involved in GCRM as a volunteer since 2011, and has been a director since 2012. If you have comments, concerns, or questions, please contact him directly at Tom.Flanary@gcrm.org
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.
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.
The May Newsletter is out, view it below.
The October Newsletter is out, view it below.
Typically you’ll find Donovan Duggins in the model train building working, repairing and restoring the many different scales that we represent. He is present nearly every weekend, working hard to keep the models functioning. Donovan grew up in South Florida and was born at the Homestead James Archer Hospital. He is a frequent rider of Amtrak, and loves riding back and forth down the east coast. Donovan graduated from Killian Senior High School a few years ago, and aspires to be a Train Engineer for his career. In the meantime, he wishes he could shrink down to HO Size and enjoy the various model displays throughout the country.
In the June Board of Directors meeting, the Board of Directors nominated with the majority of the vote several new, and some old, Officers. Russell Swain was nominated and confirmed as President. Russell wrote a brief introduction about himself, on the adjacent page. The duties of the President, Russell’s primary function is to oversee and administrate committees to help the museum operate. John Tompkins, Jamie Jones and Tom Flanary were confirmed as the Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. All of our Officers and Board Members can be reached at their email addresses, which is their first name (dot) last name @GCRM.org
On June 9th, 2013 The Gold Coast Railroad Museum hosted its annual board of directors election and would like to congratulate its new Member & Officers. While we would like to congratulate our new president Russell Swain, we would also like to thank Ed Dunham, and Sam Boldrick for their service on the board of directors for the past several years.
Jeff Brown: Member since 1983
I have served on the Museum Board in the past as President, Vice President and Secretary. I helped in the restructuring and updating of the Museum Bylaws bringing up from a “Club Organization” to a state of Florida Not-for-profit Museum Facility. I am a strong believer of an operating museum and am actively involved in re-equipping the Stream Lounge and Dining cars for on or off property use. I am active in pursuing donations of equipment and supplies for the Museum and have over $125,000.00 to donate.
Jamie Jones: Member since 1990
As an active member of the Museum, I am involved in both administrative and operational aspects of its development. I coordinate the training of new crew members and use my available time on weekends as much as I can at the Museum to assist with projects and mechanical maintenance of the locomotives and rolling stock as well as tending to the rail infrastructure. As an employee of the local government in Broward County, I also bring operational and administrative experience in policies and procedure that I use to guide Museum with staffing and other administrative areas.
Bob Highbaugh: Member since 2012
I am retired police officer and building contractor from California. I am currently a self-employed business management and organizational behavior consultant. I have a lot of experience in both non-profit organizations as well as for-profit organizations that would benefit the GCRM. I have founded two 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and served on the boards of numerous other charitable and civic organizations. I have extensive experience in event planning, fund raising, as well as coordinating volunteer activities.
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is located on the historic property of the Zoo Miami, use the Zoo Miami's main entrance, and as you are following the driveway, look for signs on the right hand side that say "Gold Coast Railroad Museum". Our entrance is located near the Employee entrance for the zoo. Our address is 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami, FL 33177. We are located just adjacent from the Florida's Turnpike, about 1 mile west on SW 152nd St. Follow the signs, or use our convenient map feature. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Last month the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 23 and Troop 10 completed two amazing projects at the Gold Coast Railroad. Mr. Jose Ocana put his planning and leadership skills to the test by directing Troop 23 in a landscaping project in the front parking lot, next to our Caboose. Additionally, Troop 23 also completed a landscaping project near the GCRM administration building.
Mr. Brian Phillips tested Troop 10's artistic ability as he coordinated and lead Troop 10 to paint the now 100 year old Florida East Coast No. 113. This beautiful engine was brought underneathe the railroad shed on Track No. 1 for display. The FEC No. 113 turns 100 years old this month - but celebrated it's birthday last month during National Train Day. Mr. Phillips & Troop 10's paint job revitalized the No. 113 and looks very professional.
Both Mr. Phillips & Mr. Ocana completed their Eagle Scout projects, and recieved recognition from the Museum for their volunteer service. We would personally like to thank both Troops & families involved in both projects.