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Florida Railroad Museum
The Florida Railroad Museum (reporting mark FGCX) is a railroad museum located in Parrish, Florida. The museum operates a heritage railroad and offers round-trip tourist excursions along six miles of the former Seaboard Air Line Sarasota Subdivision in Manatee County between Parrish and Willow.

The museum was founded in 1981 as the Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, and has been operating weekend excursions out of Parrish since 1992. The museum is also active in the ghost town of Willow, where it has maintenance facilities. At Willow, there is a railroad spur that leads east off of the mainline to a Florida Power & Light Company plant. CSX Transportation provides rail service to the plant. The area of Willow is accessible from Willow Road east off of US 301. The museum has a fence around its facilities at Willow and cameras for security. It has constructed a new depot at Willow within this secured property.

The railroad line that the Florida Railroad Museum uses is a very small part of a 55-mile route that was built south from Durant to Manatee County and into Sarasota with construction starting in 1895. It was first incorporated in 1902 as the United States and West Indies Railroad and Steamship Company. It became the Florida West Shore Railway on May 9, 1903. On November 4, 1909 it was acquired by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company. In 1967, the merger of the Seaboard Air Line and the Atlantic Coast Line created the Seaboard Coast Line. The Seaboard Coast Line would later become a part of the Family Lines System. This would lead to the Seaboard System and that would become a part of CSX Transportation in the 1980s, although the segment from Durant to Willow was removed in 1986. The rail is 85 lb and jointed. It is Class I track.

The Florida Railroad Museum is one of three Official State Railroad Museums in Florida. It became a Florida state railroad museum in 1984 when it received statutory recognition by the Florida Legislature as meeting the following four criteria: its purpose is to preserve railroad history, it is devoted primarily to the history of railroading, it is open to the public, and it operates as a non-profit organization. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm year-round. The train departs from Parrish at 11am and 2pm on these days, and the excursions from Parrish to Willow last about an hour and a half round trip.

Rolling stock
Locomotives

Builder: EMD

Model: FP7
Year built: 1952
Type: Diesel-electric
Current number: VLIX 904
Former numbers: GO Transit 904
Operational status: Stored, no prime mover.

Builder: EMD

Model: GP7
Year built: 1951
Type: Diesel-electric
Current number: FGCX 1835
Former numbers: US Army 1835
Operational status: In service

Builder: EMD

Model: GP7
Type: Diesel-electric
Current number: FGCX 1822
Former numbers: US Army 1822
Operational status: Stored, used for parts

Builder: EMD

Model: GP10
Type: Diesel-electric
Current number: FGCX 8330
Former numbers: UP 183B, IC 8330
Operational status: In service.
Notes: Built as GP-9 B-unit. Rebuilt to GP10 by Illinois Central Paducah Shops.

Builder: ALCO

Model: RS-3
Year built: 1951
Type: Diesel-electric
Current number: Seaboard Air Line 1633
Former numbers: New York Central 8277
Operational status: Awaiting restoration.

Builder: ALCO

Model: RS-3
Type: Diesel-electric
Current number: PRR 8604
Operational status: Stored, used for parts.

Builder: GE

Model: 44-ton switcher
Type: Diesel-electric
Current number: FGCX 100
Former numbers: US Navy 65-00345
Operational status: In service

Builder: EMD

Model: NW5
Type: Diesel-electric
Current number: Cargill 61
Operational status: Static display

Builder: Porter

Model: 0-6-0T
Type: Steam
Current number: BEDT 12
Operational status: Static display

Builder: BLW

Model: 2-6-2
Type: Steam
Current number: Cummer Sons Cypress 104
Note: From Leesburg, FL.
Operational status: Static display.

Railroad: St. Louis - San Francisco

Road Number: 3749
Whyte Notation: 0-6-0
Type: Steam Switcher
Operational status: Under cosmetic restoration.

Cars
Builder: Fruit Growers Express

Type: Refrigerated box car
Current number: TPIX 250
Operational status: Static display

Model: Tank car

SAL
Type: Freight
Operational status: Static display

Builder: ACF

Model: U-12
Year built: 1962
Type: Covered hopper
Former numbers: Atlantic Coast Line 10304; CSXT 651873.
Operational status: Static display

Builder: Pullman

Year built: 1926
Type: Passenger
Former names and numbers: Kentucky Club Mt. Langford; Kentucky; Royal American Shows No. 5.
Operational status: In service

Builder: Pullman

Type: Pullman Sleeper
Notes: Formerly owned by RBBX circus. To be used as crew quarters for crews who stay overnight.
Operational status: Under Restoration

Builder: Pullman

Year built: 1954
Type: Passenger
Name: Cape Tormentine
Notes: Originally operated by Canadian National Railway and later Via Rail Canada.
Operational status: In service

Model: EMU

Year built: 1930
Type: Passenger
Current number: FGCX 3518
Former numbers: Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad 3518; New Jersey Transit 3518.
Operational status: In service

Model: EMU

Year built: 1930
Type: Passenger
Current number: FGCX 3572
Former numbers: Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad 3572; New Jersey Transit 3572.
Operational status: In service

Baggage-RPO

Year built: 1925
Type: Passenger
Current nummber: Southern Railway 142
Operational status: Stored

Coach

Year built: 1914
Type: Passenger
Illinois Central Railroad 2682
Former numbers: Royal American Shows 2682
Operational status: Stored, partially restored.

Coach

Year built: 1950
Type: Passenger
Current number: FGCX 2002
Former numbers: Union Pacific 5416, Alaska RR 5416, New Georgia 2002.
Operational status: In service

Caboose

Year built: 1929
Type: Freight
Current number: Texas and Pacific Railway 12070.
Operational status: Ticket office.

Builder: N&W

Model: Caboose
Year built: 1942
Type: Freight
Current number: Norfolk and Western Railway 518415.
Operational status: In storage.

Builder: B&O

Model: Caboose
Year built: 1945
Type: Freight
Current number: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad C-2417. 
Operational status: In storage.

Builder: Pullman

Model: Pine-series
Year built: 1953
Type: Passenger
Name: Short Leaf Pine.
Former numbers: Louisville and Nashville Railroad No. 3464.
Operational status: Under restoration.

Builder: Bethlehem Steel

Model: Coach
Year built: 1938
Type: Passenger
Current number: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad No. 1116.
Operational status: In storage.

Florida Railroad Museum Overview
Reporting mark: FGCX
Locale: Manatee County, Florida, USA
Dates of operation 1981– present
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: Parrish, Florida

Address: 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL 34219
Phone: (941) 776-0906
Official Website: http://www.frrm.org/index.html

See also:

Railroad Museums

Seaboard Air Line ALCO RS-3 No. 1633.

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Pennsylvania Railroad Pullman "Bradenton", October 2010.
Seaboard Air Line ALCO RS-3 No. 1633.