The Railroad Museum of South Florida, Inc., a Florida 501c(3) Not for Profit Corporation, operates an Interpretive Center housed in a Railroad Depot-style building in Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers, Florida.. The Outdoor exhibits include a cosmetically restored 1905 Atlantic Coastline Railroad 0-6-0 Baldwin Locomotive and Tender, and a cosmetically restored 1953 Seaboard Airline Railroad Caboose. In addition to the Interpretative Center it operates a one-mile miniature train ride which takes visitors on a 15 minute scenic tour, that winds through miniature villages, depicting local Southwest Florida communities, circa 1950. It travels through a 100-foot tunnel, over a trestle bridge and between lakes and wooded areas with views of local birds and wildlife. The Railroad Museum and Train Village make a great destination for a family outing!
Located in the museum are several live steam scale locomotives, rolling stock, and rail tracks. We have one of our retired locomotives sitting inside for photo opportunities.
The trip takes roughly 15 minutes to ride through woods, lakes, small villages, and scenes. Tickets can be purchased for a small fee at the Museum ticket office located just across from the train station.
The Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia built #143 for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1905. Number 143 was moved to Ft. Myers in August 1992, then to Lakes Park in 1995. Restoration work started in 1999 and was completed April 2001.
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