Railroad museum to host National Train Day event

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152 St., home of Miami’s First National Historic Landmark, the Ferdinand Magellan presidential railroad car, will be offering train rides celebrating the seventh annual National Train Day on Saturday, May 10.

National Train Day is a holiday started by Amtrak in 2008 as a method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of rail travel and the history of trains in the United States. Train enthusiasts and supporters celebrate National Train Day each year at hundreds of locations across the country.

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum will be offering the following train rides:

Train rides on the “Edwin Link Children’s Railroad,” or Link continuously every hour beginning at noon. The cost is $2.50 per person.Children under age 1 are free.

Big train ride times are continuously every hour beginning at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person for all ages for a 25-minute ride.

Established in 1957, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum houses more 36 historic pieces of rolling stock including classic railroad cars like the Western Pacific Silver Crescent and locomotives like Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway’s 113 and 153.

The museum also houses the Ferdinand Magellan, a private car built for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and also used by presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. This rail car has been designated a National Historical Landmark.

Some museum trains are open to the public and they provide rides on some of these historical trains through the track on the premises.

The museum is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and operating historic railroad equipment. For more information visit <www.gcrm.org> or call 305-253-0063.

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