Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Just before you read the entrance to the zoo, you will see a couple of signs for the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. This cute little non-profit organization is packed with charm and history. It opened in the summer of 1956 and continues to be a unique location for rail enthusiasts of all ages to explore.

Read the full history here. 

Hours and Pricing

At the time of this post, the hours are from 10a – 4p Monday through Friday and 11a – 4p on Saturdays and Sunday. The cost to enter the museum is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 2-12.

FREE FIRST SATURDAY

The museum offers free entrance on the first Saturday of the month. My sister was in town visiting on the first Saturday of July so our family decided to go check out the museum on that day. If you are planning to head over to the museum on one of the free admission days, go early. When we first arrived the trains were fairly empty so we were able to explore, take some fun photos and take our time. As the day went on the museum did fill up.

What to Expect

There are several rows of trains, some of them you can go inside and some of them you are only able to view through the window. For example the Presidential Pullman Passenger Car “Ferdinand Magellan”. This is truly a must-see at the museum. It is the only passenger railcar to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. In order to preserve the car for future generations, you can only view the car on a guided tour.

Train Rides are also available on the weekends for just a few dollars a person. You can select from a small “link” train to one of the speed trains.

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