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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:32

Special Equipment

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Special Equipment

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum has several pieces of special equipment on display.

  • Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Track Section Car
  • Port Everglades Railroad Track Section Car
  • Case Steam Traction Engine (Farm Tractor)
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:31

Helium Tank Car MHAX #1202

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Freight Cars - Helium Tank Car MHAX #1202

Type: Helium Tank Car.

Built: 1962.

Status: Unrestored, On display.

Acquisition Date: Donated by the Kennedy Space Center, July, 2002.

This high pressure, helium transportation tank car, carries reporting marks MHAX 1202 (United States, Department of the Interior, Helium Field Operations, Amarillo, Texas). This car was "purpose built" to transport helium from gas producing wells, mostly located in Amarillo, Texas, to various different consumers throughout the United States. Helium was considered a war regulated commodity until well into the 1970's, since the United States had the majority of the world's proven reserves. Until intense oil production became possible in the North Sea, off the European coast, helium was not widely available worldwide.

Although this car was built in 1962, it is identical to those which brought helium to the Naval Air Station, Richmond, located on this site, for use in the 25, non-rigid airships based here.

Most recently, this car was used at the Kennedy Space Center, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, for the transportation and storage of helium used in a wide variety of processes in space flight. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum's NASA #1, ALCO switcher, moved this car, along with others, at the Kennedy Space Center.

Very few of these cars were ever produced and were rarely seen by the public.

This car is rather short for a U.S. railcar. It is 45'02" (13,76 m) long, 12'11" (3,8 m) high and 10'02" (3,05 m) wide. The rated storage pressure for the tanks onboard this car was 3,000 PSI (143,7 Kpascals).

 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:30

Freight Cars

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Freight Cars and Other Cars Used in Railroad Service

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum has a varied collection of freight cars and other unique railroad cars on display.

Some items have links to new pages with further details and/or images about the items. This list is not all inclusive and is presented as a sample of what you will see visiting the Museum.

  • Helium Transportation Car MHAX #1202

  • Frisco Line Railroad Gondola Car #60053

  • Port Everglades Railroad Flatcar #1103

  • Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL) Steam Crane #765157

  • Burro Crane #15

  • Southern Railway (SR) Boxcar #260909

  • Southern Railway (SR) Boxcar #27416

  • Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL) Boxcar #126307

  • Belcher Oil Company (BEPX) Tank Car #105

  • Belcher Oil Company (BEPX) Tank Car #121

  • United States Army (USAX) Side Dump Ballast Car

  • United States Army (USAX) Flatcar #35703

  • Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) Caboose #0322

  • Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL, ex SAL) Boxcar #593188