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Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami

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The Gold Coast Railroad Museum features more than 40 pieces of historic railroad equipment including the Ferdinand Magellan, California Zephyr cars Silver Crescent and Silver Stag. Florida East Coast steam engines #153 and #113, several diesel locomotives, and many other cars of all types and descriptions. The model railroad exhibit area features most gauges of model trains and has a "hands on" model railroad exhibit for children. The grounds and equipment of the Gold Coast Railroad Museum are available for photo and movie "shoots" with both static and live equipment and have been the backdrop for numerous commercial and catalog layouts, television productions, and feature films. The property is also available for private parties, birthday parties, corporate events, group tours, and field trips.
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  • An excellent insight into traveling by railroad in the past. They also offer rides and tours. If you are intrigued by railroads this is worth the visit.  more »
  • This train museum is ok. There are 4 trains you can walk thru. One of them is a landmark, it's a presidential train but you can't see it all without a paid tour and tour guide. Other than that it's a ...  more »
  • It's close to the ZOO. You can take public bus to get there but expect a 30 minutes walk from the bus stop. There are many wagons you can walk in.  more »
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  • It's trains. What's there to not like! Models are cool and the standing passenger cars are cool to walk through. The only major complaint​ I have is that the equipment needs maintenance very badly. Everything there needs an overhaul. That being said, it's worth the trip to support it. The look in dad's face as we rode the diesel engine train, and look on the face of little boy as he was running around the place will make you want to make sure that place will be there for others.
  • Plenty of old trains! Great for toddlers, waste of time for others. The place is inaccessible for strollers because of stairs and uneven sidewalks. Don't waste your money for a caboose/coach ride, the only jewel is a locomotive.
  • As a child who has always been fascinated by the railway era and locomotives, this museum has a special place in my heart. 10 years later I finally visited this wonderful place and I must say it was everything i could ask for. The whole experience was very nostalgic especially with the 60-70's classical music playing in the background which really added to the mood and experience. I am definitely making another visit sometime soon. I would highly recommend this place to any train fanatic and to any family. Wonderful experience, i cannot stress that enough.
  • A must for train lovers - Definitely Miami's best kept museum secret. I have visited museums with many more trains on display, but being able to tour the only presidential train car in US history is well worth the visit to this museum which focuses on quality over quantity.
  • Very interesting and great opportunities to get to go into the old trains. It's also a great size for kids. Some of the trains are air conditioned as you walk through. It is a little on the run down side but for $8 it's worth it if you know a train lover.

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