West Florida Railroad Museum

West Florida Railroad Museum

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The Florida Gulf &Atlantic Railroad (FGAR) has been using this beautiful engine in our area lately. It usually runs with a couple of the black engines and whatever freight cars need to be moved. They have 3 more painted like this in the Tallahassee area. It is really a sight to see. We don’t get a schedule for freight trains so just keep your eyes open.
Great time for the whole family seeing all the models and enjoying the small train ride, thank you!
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I believe they do birthday parties still.
Mystery location in N.W. FL 1940's:The letterboard on the dining car seems to have a name ending in "Y" followed by an ampersand (&) followed by the second part of the railroad name illegible. Identifying the railroad may help identify the location. I am drawing a blank on a railroad with a"Y at the end of the first half of its name. None of the obvious Panhandle railroad names fit: Louisville & Nashville, St. Louis & San Francisco, Seaboard Air Line, Atlantic Coast Line, etc. What could it be?
GOOD READ!

The Milton depot, on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by the Santa Rosa Historical Society and leased by the West Florida Railroad Museum, Inc.

The Museum occupies the L&N Milton combination freight and passenger depot that was built in 1907-09 on the site of the original 1882 P&A depot. The station was closed in 1973, bought by the Santa Rosa Historical Society, and partially restored with a 1976 Bicentennial grant.

Operating as usual

West Florida Railroad Museum updated their business hours. 06/04/2021

West Florida Railroad Museum updated their business hours.

West Florida Railroad Museum updated their business hours.

05/26/2021

Hi Folks. We still have plenty of Flatcar boards available. For a $100 donation you can have a plate put on the end of one of the replacement boards with your name on it. It is a great gift for a family member such as children or grandchildren or just for yourself. Drop by the museum to find out more about this project.

Hi Folks. We still have plenty of Flatcar boards available. For a $100 donation you can have a plate put on the end of one of the replacement boards with your name on it. It is a great gift for a family member such as children or grandchildren or just for yourself. Drop by the museum to find out more about this project.

[05/18/21]   Some people have asked about the wood required for the flatcar decking. The museum is an historic complex. It is very important that any work we do preserves the historic look of the railcars and buildings. The wood for the flatcar must be a particular size and type of cut. Therefore, we are not necessarily requesting a donation of wood unless you have the ability to provide what is required. The price of $100 per board is a donation that you are making to the Restore the Depot campaign and WFRM has a desire to recognize those people who make a donation. We appreciate all of the interest and hope you will consider donating to our Restore the Depot campaign.

Photos from West Florida Railroad Museum's post 05/16/2021

Are you bored and would like to be a board instead? We have a great opportunity for you as part of our Restore the Depot Campaign. One of our projects is to replace the decking on the Flatcar. There are 85 boards for sale at $100 each. If you donate $100 for the Board Project, your name will be engraved on a plate and placed on the end of one of the boards.

If you are interested in contributing to this, either come by the depot or mail us a check with your name so we can have it engraved.

We thank you for your donations. We may still donate at GoFundMe.com/restore-the-depot also.

WFRM
P O Box 770
Milton, FL 32572

wfrm.org or Facebook

[05/10/21]   Our museum in looking for another person to work in our gift shop and be a greeter to our visitors. There is a government grant program that hires people to fill such positions not only at our museum but at other locations also. Some of the requirements for this program are:
- Be unemployed
- Be 55 year of age or older although applicants age 65 or older are given priority
- Reside in the state where you will be assigned
- Have a family income that does not exceed 125% of the federal poverty guidelines
- Be capable of performing assigned duties including greeting guests, using a cash register, training of others as required
- Be able to work 20 hours per week
- We are not provided salary information

If you are interested in such a position, contact us and we can put you in touch with the program director.

04/26/2021

Find more information about WFRM and how to help Restore the Depot by visiting us in person or going to our website wfrm.org. You may donate at GoFundMe.com/restore-the-depot.

Find more information about WFRM and how to help Restore the Depot by visiting us in person or going to our website wfrm.org. You may donate at GoFundMe.com/restore-the-depot.

HO Trains WFRM 02/02/2021

HO Trains WFRM

A 6 minute video tour of the HO Model Railroad created by one of our members. https://youtu.be/Lg2LZuUrOSU

HO Trains WFRM The West Florida Railroad Museum in Milton, FL has re-opened the HO train building. The layout now has operating trains. Models of historical buildings and b...

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Garden Trains Milton FL

A tour of our Garden Railroad by one of our members. https://youtu.be/igPhlG_meqc

youtube.com 26 December 2020. Emerald Coast Garden Railway Club lot in Milton, Florida.Music: You Tube Audio Library: Smooth and Cool - Nico Staf

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WFRMXmas2020

It is time for our Annual Membership Drive. This is your chance to help preserve the railroad history of Northwest Florida. Your membership helps us to carry out our mission of education and preservation of the history of the local railroads and their effect on the growth of this area. Membership forms can be found herehttps://wfrm.org/docs/memberapp.pdf A member created a five minute video tour of the Museum here. https://youtu.be/XROjNnEQj5U enjoy.

youtube.com December 2020. The West Florida Railroad Museum in Milton, Florida is open on a limited schedule.Decorating with lights, wreaths, and trees is underway.Photo...

12/11/2020

The picture is from an article in Railway Age Magazine written by Kevin Keefe. It shows a streetcar conductor and passenger with masks in Seattle during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. It appears that there really is nothing new.

[11/29/20]   The West Florida Railroad Museum will be closed Friday December 25th. We will be open Saturday December 26th 10:00-3:00 and then revert to normal hours, 10:00 - 3:00, Wednesday through Friday including New Years Weekend.

[11/15/20]   The West Florida Railroad Museum will be closed Wednesday and Thursday November 25th and 26th. Will be open Friday and Saturday November 27th and 28th from 10:00-3:00 and then revert to normal hours, 10:00 - 3:00, Wednesday through Friday in December

11/08/2020

[10/12/20]   We are delighted to announce that starting Friday Oct. 16th The Garden Railroad and Children's Riding Train will be open. The Gift Shop will be open with a limited capacity and masks will be required there (free masks will be available to those without them). The Bridge Tender's Building and HO Model Train will also be open.
The hours will be 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The historic displays in the Freight house will continue to be open from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. We strongly encourage the wearing of masks and social distancing on all museum property.

[09/17/20]   Due to Hurricane Sally the West Florida Railroad Museum is closed through Saturday. We hope to reopen next week. Check back here for updates.

[09/16/20]   The West Florida Railroad Museum will be Closed on Friday 9/18 & Saturday 9/19

[09/15/20]   Due to expected weather conditions the Museum will be closed Wednesday September 16, a decision about Thursday will be made later.

pnj.com 09/06/2020

West Florida Railroad Museum offers unique glimpse into history

pnj.com Among local museums the West Florida Railroad Museum in Milton is an overlooked gem. Its roadside campus, centered around the rail line’s restored 1909 depot, offers an immersive historical experience.

[08/12/20]   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have canceled our October 10th Depot Days celebration and our Oct. 17th Swap Meet. Hopefully both will be rescheduled in the spring.

07/13/2020

Our Flatcar is one of 400 AAR Standard 53-foot 50-ton wood deck flat cars in its class built in 1952 by the American Car and Foundry Co. for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. There are very few of these cars existing today. The Museum acquired it in 1999 from a scrap dealer.

[07/07/20]   Due to the rapid increase in the daily number of new Covid-19 cases in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties the decision has been made that the indoor model train exhibit and the outdoor garden railroad will not be open to the public. The historic displays housed in the Depot building will remain open on Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 2:30.
We hope to be able to reopen the entire museum soon. We will post updates as they become available.

[07/01/20]   The Milton City Council has overridden the Mayor’s requirement to wear masks inside businesses, based on that the West Florida Railroad Museum will not require masks inside the buildings. However, in accordance with both Florida and Santa Rosa Department of Health recommendations we are strongly requesting visitors wear masks and maintain social distancing for the protection of themselves and our staff. We will have free masks for visitors that do not have one.

06/28/2020

Peggy

The Florida Gulf &Atlantic Railroad (FGAR) has been using this beautiful engine in our area lately. It usually runs with a couple of the black engines and whatever freight cars need to be moved. They have 3 more painted like this in the Tallahassee area. It is really a sight to see. We don’t get a schedule for freight trains so just keep your eyes open.

06/27/2020

www.miltonfl.org

The Mayor of Milton has made an Emergency Declaration an excerpt of which is quoted here "An individual in a business must wear a face covering consisting of a material that covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of the face, made of a material including but not limited to cotton, silk or linen, while inside any business operating within the City of Milton."

Therefore, effective immediately all visitors and staff will be required to have a protective face covering in compliance with this declaration inside the buildings of the museum.

Please see the directive here https://www.miltonfl.org/DocumentCenter/View/3325/Emergency-Declaration-Mandating-Face-Coverings if you have questions and for listed exemptions.

miltonfl.org

06/08/2020

Our Section Shed was built around 1906 and was originally located at Chipley, Florida. The railroad was divided into sections about 10 miles long. These sections were maintained by a “Section Gang” under the supervision of a “Section Foreman.” One of these houses was located at each section and contained the gang’s tools and motor car. All buildings of the Louisville and Nashville were built to a standard plan, so that all tool houses whether in Florida or Kentucky were similar in appearance. Donated by the CSXT in 1993 and moved to the Museum by Deep South Crane Co., Pensacola, Florida. It now houses the Museum’s display of track tools.

06/02/2020

Our Office car, former L&N baggage-dormitory car 1652, was built originally in 1911 by the Pullman Company as a 10-section/3 double bedroom sleeper car. It was named “Vicker.”
There is a very interesting part of its history: in 1961 it and three other cars of their class were rebuilt by Pullman to Atomic Energy Commission specifications and assigned by the L&N to the A.E.C. for duty at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. They hauled nuclear material for atomic and hydrogen weapons. They each provided dormitory space for four armed guards and carried shipments in lead- and concrete-lined vaults. They ran between Oak Ridge and A.E.C. destinations such as Rocky Flats, Colorado, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
They carried normal L&N paint colors with lettering indicating they were in Railway Express Agency service, but they also were stenciled at the baggage door “Assigned United States Atomic Energy Commission Loading Only. When Empty Return To L&N R.R. Oak Ridge Tenn.”
After serving the A.E.C. for some ten years the cars were returned to the L&N and two of the cars, No. 1650 and No. 1651, became snow plows. This car, No. 1652, renumbered to 42326, was converted for service on wrecker trains as a dormitory and tool carrier and was assigned to Corbin, Kentucky. The fourth car, No. 1653, renumbered to 42325, was assigned to wrecker service at Mobile, Alabama. The Museum obtained the latter two of these: No. 1652 was donated by CSX to the Museum in 1991, and we purchased No. 1653 in 1993 and scrapped it in 2011.

05/26/2020

The Bridge Tender’s House was donated to the Museum in 1989 by Johnson Construction Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the general contractor who replaced the old wooden trestle over Escambia Bay west of Milton with a precast concrete bridge. The house provided shelter for the men who tended the draw bridge and their families. This is the fourth known house to be built on the bridge with the three previous houses destroyed by hurricanes. The one lost in the 1906 hurricane claimed the lives of the bridge tender’s wife and two children who were caught on the bridge and tried to ride out the storm. The house is now the home of the West Florida Model Railroad Club, a division of the Museum. Its HO scale layout depicts northwest Florida railroads, with an operating diorama of the Milton railroad scene (circa 1950).

[05/19/20]   The West Florida Railroad Museum is delighted to announce that we will be open on a limited basis for visitors starting at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday May, 20. The Hours of Operation will be from 10:00 - 2:30 Wednesday through Saturday. The Inside and Garden model trains will operate on Fridays and Saturdays pending the availability of volunteers. The riding train will not be operating and the Dining Car will not be available for rental.

05/18/2020

This week the tour continues with our freshly painted boxcar. This steel boxcar was built in April 1951 by Pullman Standard in Bessemer, Alabama for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. It is an all-welded car with a wood interior equipped with a six-foot wide door. This car is a PS1 boxcar mass produced for the railroad industry.
This car was originally assigned to handle less than a car lot (LCL) of freight between depots. As this service diminished the six-foot door was too small for fork lifts and the car was retired from revenue service and placed in maintenance of way service as a tool car for a bridge gang. It was purchased from the CSX in 1992. Now used for Museum storage.

05/18/2020

Hallelujah Project

To show support for the Milton High School Band and all they do for our community we would like to share this link to their virtual performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR3lKohoODoE4C7Q0hSzKIhouIdLhiL9avoJnfcpHC70vhsEkHDjblOBlU0&v=2eszCr5Uoxg&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

This video is dedicated to all of our amazing Mighty Black & Gold Students, Parents, and Staff. We may not be with each other right now, but we are still tog...

05/13/2020

Florida Gulf and Atlantic Railroad came by today with their new paint scheme

05/11/2020

Our steel bay window caboose is today’s highlight. It was built in April 1965 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad at its South Louisville shops, Louisville, Kentucky. Originally painted confederate gray with red letters, the caboose was renumbered Louisville and Nashville #6148 then Seaboard #16148. It was retired in 1989 and donated to the Museum by CSX. The Museum members restored and repainted it during the 1990’s. Red was selected as the scheme.
This is a later version of the lookout function of cabooses. Both the older cupola and the newer bay window models allowed the crew members to watch the trains from the rear.

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Our new neighbor, Panhandle Butterfly House, posted an amazing video, I hope you enjoy it

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05/04/2020

Today we take a quick look at our Frisco caboose. An all-steel cupola caboose built in 1934 by American Car and Foundry for the Santa Fe Railroad, sold to the Saint Louis-San Francisco Railway (Frisco) in 1965. Modified by the Frisco for local service as their #1102 then renumbered to Burlington Northern Railroad #1105 after the Frisco merged into the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980. The caboose was retired in 1983 and sold to Southern Scrap of Pensacola, who in turn donated it to the Museum in 1989.

04/27/2020

Today the tour continues with our office car, former L&N baggage-dormitory car 1652, was built originally in 1911 by the Pullman Company as a 10-section/3 double bedroom sleeper car. It was named “Vicker.”

There is a very interesting part of its history: in 1961 it and three other cars of their class were rebuilt by Pullman to Atomic Energy Commission specifications and assigned by the L&N to the A.E.C. for duty at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. They hauled nuclear material for atomic and hydrogen weapons. They each provided dormitory space for four armed guards and carried shipments in lead- and concrete-lined vaults. They ran between Oak Ridge and A.E.C. destinations such as Rocky Flats, Colorado, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

They carried normal L&N paint colors with lettering indicating they were in Railway Express Agency service, but they also were stenciled at the baggage door “Assigned United States Atomic Energy Commission Loading Only. When Empty Return To L&N R.R. Oak Ridge Tenn.”

After serving the A.E.C. for some ten years the cars were returned to the L&N and two of the cars, No. 1650 and No. 1651, became snow plows. This car, No. 1652, renumbered to 42326, was converted for service on wrecker trains as a dormitory and tool carrier and was assigned to Corbin, Kentucky. The fourth car, No. 1653, renumbered to 42325, was assigned to wrecker service at Mobile, Alabama. The Museum obtained the latter two of these: No. 1652 was donated by CSX to the Museum in 1991, and we purchased No. 1653 in 1993 and scrapped it in 2011.

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5003 Henry St
Milton, FL
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Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
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