Central Florida Railroad Museum, Winter Garden

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The Central Florida Railroad Museum is located at 101 South Boyd Street, Winter Garden, Florida in a former Tavares and Gulf depot built in 1913. The museum contains exhibits depicting Central Florida's railroading history, including a large collection of dining car china. It is part of the Winter Garden Downtown Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is operated by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and opened in 1983.
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  • Huge collection of train memorabilia for the train buff. I found the dinnerware from various train lines interesting.  more »
  • A fun place for young & old, they even have free railroad magazines . There is only a donation box . otherwise free  more »
  • If you are a rail fan, a history buff or a model railroader, this is a great stop if you are in central Florida. Although relatively small, the interior is packed with railroadiana. There is a small H...  more »
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  • The museum is clearly very interesting it seems to be run on contributions and volunteers. The museum is loaded with items the museum would benefit from being a larger building. Of course this could be developed to create an impressive tourist attraction for the Winter Garden and Central Florida. There seems to be a considerable amount of land available to build. In addition it may be viable to get some track laid and get some old locomotives carriages etc even a miniature railway for the children could be a big crowd puller. To achieve this I suggest donations from railway operators state and Disney (this could be an additional reason for people to visit the area and ultimately visit the various parks. Not to mention that it would demonstrate their intention to be good neighbours to the local community). If a large enough piece of land is available it could be developed into an international display of railway items.
  • Really Cute...Lots of tools, pictures, memorabilia, books and onboard artifacts...it's interesting. Reading the informational signs is key. A lot packed in to three rooms...one being somewhat larger than the other two. Set in a quaint, pretty, well kept section of historical Winter Garden. Plan on an hour-two and bring your reading glasses.
  • Amazing atmosphere - this small railway Museum, packed from wall to wall with railway artefacts. Extraordinary photographs of the people who forged the railway through Florida’s 1800’s difficult terrain of mosquito and alligator infested swamps! Maybe one day there will be a train standing at the platform....maybe one day. The gentleman who looked after the museum was so interesting full of stories and information, he really took you back in time to thoses days of forging through the wilderness. Along with the extensive and absolutely wonderful railway fixtures and fittings of external railway parts, model railway and interior restaurant dinning crockery and cutlery, plates depicting George Washington which really gave you the atmosphere of the railway back then. Next time we are in Florida we would love to come back for another visit. I bought a really nicely made railway drivers stripy hat, which my husband will wear with pride in England. Thank you very much for a wonderful visit. King Regards Colin and Rae Gilderthorp, Torquay, Devonshire, England.
  • Cool stuff, and we learned a lot. I would definitely recommend stopping in.
  • Super !! Very informative ,the lady who was telling her about things she was great . We have a very good time. thank you
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