Central Florida Railroad Museum, Winter Garden

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Central Florida Railroad Museum, opened in 1983, is located in the historic Tavares and Gulf Railroad depot, located one block south of Winter Garden’s thriving historic downtown and the West Orange Trail. The station, built in 1913, was purchased by the Central Florida Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 1979 and rehabilitated for use as a railroad museum. In 2003, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation became partners with the Central Florida Chapter of the National Railway Society and the City of Winter Garden to make the extensive private collections of local, state and national memorabilia and photographs of Central Florida’s railway history accessible to the public. On January 1, 2013, the Central Florida Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, Inc. withdrew from the national organization and reorganized as the Central Florida Railway Historical Society, Inc., a 501c3 educational organization. One of Florida’s virtually undiscovered gems, the museum holds a large collection of dining car china and silverware, a 1938 Fairmont motor car, a velocipede hand car and the former Clinchfield Railroad caboose, #1073. Junior train enthusiasts will be delighted at the climb-on cabooses (one is also located at the Heritage Museum on Plant Street), an HO scale train layout, and an interactive Thomas wooden train set and layout.

The Central Florida Railway Historical Society hosts several special events throughout the year. To learn more, visit the Central Florida Railway Historical Society web site www.cfrhs.org.
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  • A nice little museum of railroad artefacts and things. I have been before and it’s nice to drop in a see the place again. It would only take 30 mins or so to look about, but combine it with the...  more »
  • It’s free to visit and donations are welcomed. They are doing a great job producing historical displays, adding to their fine collection and educating the public. Loved the photos of the old station....  more »
  • This is a delightful place to spend an hour or two. There are a remarkable number of railroad artifacts ranging from railroad repair equipment to the china used in dining cars (each line had its own design!). There are five rooms, including one large room with very well-planned and informative exhibits. Educational--and fun for all of the family, especially if you love trains.
  • This is the place to checkout if you want to see some railroad artifacts I was impressed of all the items they had there only thing missing was a train ride around Winter Garden. Overall it's a great place to visit if you are into historic or vintage railroads. Staff was very informative and they even sell some items there as well. Recommend if you are in the Winter Garden area to check this place out as well as the Heritage Historic Museum a few blocks over downtown lot of rich history in this town.

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