The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami

3.3
#12 of 26 in Museums in Miami
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 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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  • Do not go if you have to pay. The first Saturday of every month except march is free. For free it's not bad walking around some of the trains. The presidential car is not open to really go into separa...  more »
  • Despite some reviews I went prepred to like this, wanting to like this, routing for the underdog. Well, it's a dog anyway. You can go through some old carriages; the more intact ones were interesting....  more »
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  • Every time I go to this Museum it just keeps amazing me on how much history is kept Under One Roof. From the only surviving pillar of the blimp building to all the trains. The only thing that I have to say I was disappointed about was that you have to pay extra to go into the presidential train. On my last trip here I didn't have to pay to go inside. Still a great place and I look forward to my next visit. Love seeing all the NASA stuff there.
  • I took my son for a day with Thomas the Train. The cost for both of us was $52 with tax and "service charge". I had never been to the train museum so I didn't know what to expect... But I was hoping for an actual train ride considering its advertised as "a 35 minute interactive train ride on Thomas the Train himself" Instead we go and sit on a train car with a front engine that is framed as Thomas the Train. Inside of the train car there is almost no air conditioning and you have to wait a little while for the train to depart. During this time there is absolutely no interaction or even music relating to Thomas the Train. Once the train departs... There is some Thomas the train background music (since the speakers aren't loud) and a couple volunteers who hand out certificates and temporary tattoo stickers. The train goes nowhere. It moves at about 1-2 miles per hour to pull out of the train station with "spectacular" views of rusted train cars along the sides. It then pulls alongside the train museum and sits for a few minutes. Then the train pulls backwards again for another 3-5 minutes at 1-2 miles per hour with views of trees and shrubs and debris along the sides of the track. After this "exhilarating experience" it then pulls back into the train station and you get off the train. Outside of this one ride they have a "storytelling interactive train" which has 2 window ac units which cannot at all cool the train. Inside the train there is a single folding table with a few chairs and someone reading a Thomas the train book and a group of 10 or so chairs in front of an old tube TV playing some Thomas the train episodes/movie. The TV is small and not loud enough to hear even from the seating area and the storyteller has no real place to sit considering the width of the train car. Overall this event is really poorly setup considering the price and lack of attractions. Even my under 3 year old son thought that "Thomas is broken" when we didn't go anywhere and he was ready to go home in an hour.
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