The Railroad Museum of South Florida operates a 3,200-square foot museum located in Lakes Regional Park. The museum is open 7 days a week, although we do have a shorter summer schedule in August and September.
Located in the museum is an “S” scale model train layout, as well as an overhead “G” scale train, a “live steam” scale locomotive, and artifacts including an authentic brass bell from a steam locomotive (one ring per visitor, please!), rail tracks, lanterns, ticket punches, spikes, tools, and baggage carts on display. There is an interactive locomotive simulator, featuring the actual control console from a decommissioned diesel locomotive.
Newer inventory includes a 7 car Seaboard Coast Line freight set in S gauge, 2 new Santa Fe diesels., and a used/new AB set in striking Florida Coast Line colors for the G line. Other additions include a Gulf gas station and Mel’s Diner on the S and hobby tools with a portable workbench. Current projects include adding light up billboards for the S layouts, crossing Gates and Cross Bucks for the S, creating a log book to alternate usage of engines in all scales, a new cabinet for the S controls, a model railroad display to exhibit the size differences in Z, HO, S, O and G gauges, creating a USA Railroad History timeline (above the long cabinets in the theater), and building dioramas in ho scale to highlight important developments in railroad history, such as the DeWitt Clinton steamer and Burlington Zephyr diesel.
All this is possible thanks to the tax-deductible membership contributions that are made!!
The museum also houses a movie theater where you can sit and watch a video giving some history of the park and railroad.
There is also a wonderful little gift shop with many train related items for children and adults! We have t-shirts, train whistle’s, key chains, engineer hats, bandanas, jewelry and much more!
Due to conditions caused by the Coronavirus situation the Railroad Museum of South Florida and Train ride are currently closed and will remain closed indefinitely, due to the pandemic. The health and safety of our guests, engineers, volunteers and ticket agents are our top priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and will abide by the Florida Health Dept. and CDC guidelines to do our part to try to help slow the spread of this virus. We are developing a comprehensive, cost-effective, and manageable reopening plan. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Florida and across the United States are rising. BUT multiple vaccines are now approved and will hopefully be available to the general population in the near future. In the meantime, please take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you are protected against COVID-19. As soon as we see numbers dropping to a safe level, we will seek approval of our reopening plan and re-open as soon as possible. Please be safe. We ask for you to be kind and gentle to yourselves and, as much as you are able, to others. We will get through these troubling times and better know how we may interact with each other safely. Of course, once we reopen, we hope you will remember the RRMSF and will joyfully visit and support us and participate in our educational, entertaining and recreational activities as you have in the past.
The normal Museum hours were:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm; Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am to 3:30pm
Holidays: 10am – 3:30 pm (Includes New Years Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day). We are closed Christmas Day.
PLEASE NOTE: The Museum closes 30 Minutes prior to the last train of the day. No food or drinks allowed in the museum. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The train will continue to operate for all ticketed passengers waiting in line until everyone is accommodated. We are required to suspend operations during thunderstorms and other unforeseen eventualities, such as mechanical difficulties.