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Tom Flanary

Tom Flanary

Tom Flanary is a Director on the Board of Directors, and maintains the website for GCRM. He has been involved in GCRM as a volunteer since 2011, and has been a director since 2012. If you have comments, concerns, or questions, please contact him directly at Tom.Flanary@gcrm.org

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 21:54

TourOn

touronWe’d like to introduce you to our new TourOn app, available directly on your smartphone. Learn about the history of our trains, view upcoming events and check out photo galleries of our exhibits.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012 21:53

New Ferdinand Magellan Grant

Ferdinand MagellanWe'd like to thank the National Railroad Historical Society (NRHS) for a recent grant award to assist with painting and upholstery work in the presidential railcar Ferdinand Magellan.

Friday, 06 July 2012 22:55

Traincrew Member for a Day Application

GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM
Train Crewmember For-A-Day Application

To apply, print out and complete this form, and mail it with deposit to:

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum 
12450 S.W. 152nd Street
Miami, Florida, 33177-1402
U.S.A. 

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________

City: ___________________________ State: ___________ Postal Code: ________________________

E-mail Address: ______________________________________________________________________

I am at least 18 years old: YES:____ NO: ____     Phone number: (________) ________-___________

Known medical conditions and/or Allergies_________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

Emergency contact: Name: _____________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________

City: ___________________________ State: ___________ Postal Code: ________________________

Phone number: (________) ________-___________

Select a Program:

____ Bronze Spike ($85.00 = $50.00 Program Fee plus $35.00 Individual Memberhip)

____ Silver Spike (Weekends only, $145.00 = $110.00 Program Fee plus $35.00 Individual Memberhip)

____ Gold Spike (Weekends only, $185.00 = $150.00 Program Fee plus $35.00 Individual Memberhip)

Requested dates: 1st choice: ____/____/____   2nd Choice: ____/____/____   3rd Choice: ____/____/____

Method of Payment: ____ Cash     ____ Check     ____ Visa/MasterCard     ____ American Express

Account Number: __________________________________ Expiration Date: _______/_______

Signature and Name (printed) as it appears on card:___________________________________________

  • A deposit of 50% will be required to reserve a date. Dates are not guaranteed until a deposit is received.
  • Deposits are nonrefundable once a date is confirmed by the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, except as below.
  • Deposits may be refunded, or dates may be rescheduled, only if equipment failures or other extenuating circumstances prevent the Museum from honoring the reservation.
  • Dates are subject to availability and equipment is subject to change.
Thursday, 05 July 2012 22:27

Hours & Admissions

Hours of Operation

The Museum

Weekdays

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Weekends

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Model Train Building

Weekdays

10:00am to 2:00pm

Weekends

11:00am to 4:00pm

MUSEUM ADMISSION

Adults & Children age 12 and up: $6.00
Children age 3 to 12: $4.00
Children under age 2: FREE

RIDE PRICES

Link Ride $2.50

Caboose or Coach Ride $6.00

Locomotive Cab Rides $12.00

Thursday, 05 July 2012 22:24

Hours & Admissions

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The Museum

Weekdays

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Weekends

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Model Train Building
Weekdays

10:00am to 2:00pm

Weekends

11:00am to 4:00pm

Museum Admission Prices

Adults & Children age 12 and up: $8.00
Children age 2 to 11: $6.00
Children under age 2: FREE

RIDE PRICES

Link Ride $2.50
Caboose or Coach Ride $6.00
Locomotive Cab Rides $12.00

Link Rides Weekdays: 11:30am, 1:30pm

TOURS
Weekdays

11:00am and 2:00pm

Weekends

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

Magellan Tours are available at $2 per person on any regular day. $5 per person on 1st Saturday events. All proceeds go towards refurbishing the Magellan. Private tours available on request for an additional fee. Rates & Fees subject to change without notice.

 

Children's Train artwork by Phil Fung

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:46

Crewmember Program

 

Train Crew Member For-A-Day

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum "Train Crew Member For-A-Day" program enables the general public to act as a part of the Train Crew on Museum trains. The program will provide for thirty minutes or more of run time (actual throttle time) in one of the Museum's active locomotives. All participants in this program will be under the strict supervision of instructors at all times.

At this time the Museum operates our ACL GP-7 #1804. Other locomotives are rotated into active service from time to time including, ALCO S-2 #1, EMD E-8A #1594, and EMD E-9A #9913.


Testimonial


"I want to thank [the crewmembers] very much for an excellent and exciting "Crew" day. The experience of actually running the #1804, with switching and excursion duty thrown-in for good measure, was a totally unique experience. In all my years of rail-fanning, this is the only time that I have seen a museum offer this kind of interaction. I hope you can continue to offer this opportunity, and have a successful museum for many more years ahead. I certainly hope to visit your museum again during my next visit to Florida, and of course be a crew member again." - John Majkot, December 2003

 

 Program Packages

The Bronze Spike

The Bronze Spike package will provide the following:

  • Individual Membership to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
  • Half-hour of locomotive operations
  • This package may be split by two people.

The Silver Spike

The Silver Spike package will provide the following:

  • Individual Membership to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
  • Instructions that will review all safety procedures and general operations; overview of Engineer, Conductor, Fireman, and Trainman positions; locomotive characteristics (including engine starting procedures if participants can arrive before opening), signals, and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum Operating Rules. The operating rules will be provided prior to arrival when possible.
  • Pre-start inspection and starting of the locomotive
  • Familiarization of locomotive operations
  • Act as Engineer during the operation of a Gold Coast Railroad train
  • Shut down procedures

 

The Golden Spike

The Golden Spike package will provide the following:

  • Individual Membership to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
  • Instructions that will review all safety procedures and general operations; overview of Engineer, Conductor, Fireman, and Trainman positions; locomotive characteristics (including engine starting procedures if participants can arrive before opening), signals, and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum Operating Rules. The operating rules will be provided prior to arrival when possible.
  • Pre-start inspection and starting of the locomotive
  • Act as Conductor during a 45 to 60 minute switch move
  • Familiarization of locomotive operations
  • Act as Engineer during a 30 to 45 minute switch move
  • Act as Engineer during the operation of a Gold Coast Railroad train (operating weekends only)
  • Shut down procedures

 

Reservations

The program will be by appointment only and space will be limited to two persons per day for the Sliver and Gold Spike packages. Up to two family members and/or friends may observe with a paid admission, however seating space in the cab is limited subject to Museum regulations. Questions regarding program details or to check date availability may be directed to the museum store by calling 305-253-0063. All scheduling will be subject to crew member and equipment availability.

 
Operations

Program must be scheduled in advance as hours may vary. Participants interested in taking part in pre-start inspection and locomotive starting procedures will need to arrange their program to begin prior to opening of the Museum. Locomotive familiarization will begin after the locomitive is ready. Switching activities will be arranged around available schedules. All package operating times are flexible depending on crew and equipment availability.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:46

Membership

Become a Member

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is dependent on visitors, memberships, Museum Store sales, movie and photo "shoots," and special events for all of it's funding.

Becoming a volunteer / member entitles you to a variety of perks and special incentives. In addition to the opportunity to experience the rich railroad history that the Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers, members receive:

  • Free regular admission
  • Two passes that allow you to invite freinds or family to the Museum - up to a group of 4 for only a $1 admission charge
  • One Member's Railpass that will give you a limited number of free rides on our two-foot & standard gauge trains
  • Special "Member's Only" discounts on most Museum special event admissions 
  • Invitations to "Member's Only" events 
  • A monthy electronic newsletter
  • Discounted admissions to other area attractions such as:
    • 20% Discount on regular admission to the Miami MetroZoo
    • $1 off regular admission to the Children's Schoolhouse Museum
  • Discounts at local area retailers such as:
    • 10% Discount at Tropical Smoothie Cafe'

Stop by our Museum store or call for details.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:45

Contact Us

Services, Address, & Contact

The 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 the 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.

 

Directions & Address

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is located in Miami, Florida, U.S.A., on property adjacent to Miami-Dade County's "Zoo Miami". Enter from the Zoo Miami main entrance.

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum Inc.
12450 S.W. 152nd Street
Miami, Florida 33177-1402
U.S.A.


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Phones, Fax, and E-mail

Phone:

305-253-0063

Fax:

305-233-4641

E-mail:

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Model Railroad Club Info:

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:43

Facility Rental

Museum Grounds Use Information

The Museum grounds are routinely used for a variety of functions including:

 

  • Field Trips
  • Birthday Parties
  • Events, Meetings, and Weddings

 

 

  • Film Shoots
  • Model/Still Shoots
  • Lounge Car Rentals

 

Please see our Reservation Information section for details on booking your event.

Field Trips

The Museum welcomes school groups and field trips. We offer a unique educational experience for students of all ages. Your groups will enjoy:

  • Train Rides.
  • Educational Tours.
  • Historic Artifacts.
  • Picnic Areas.
  • Interactive Games.
  • Model Trains and Thomas Tables.

 

Palmetto Pre-K School

 

 

Birthday Parties

The Museum invites you to plan your birthday celebration in our nostalgic atmosphere.

Amenities include exclusive use of one of our designated Picnic Party Areas consisting of a group of picnic tables under our train shed or use of an air-conditioned Lounge Car (depending on package). During your party, guests can enjoy the Museum's exhibits, including the Model Train room.

  • We suggest booking at least two months in advance.
  • Party hours on weekends are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (after-hours party packages are available).
  • Party area must be cleaned up and all guests and vehicles departed from the property by 4:30 p.m.

Package #1—Sheltered Picnic Party Area

  1. Use of four (4) large picnic tables under the Main Exhibit Building from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sheltered picnic tables beside standard gauge coach.
  2. Scheduled Private Train Ride on our two-foot gauge Edwin Link “Steam” Train.
  3. A museum staff member will be on hand to assist you.
  4. Your guests may tour our historic trains, historic artifacts and grounds, and have access to our Model Display building, home to our hands-on Thomas the Tank Engine play tables.
    Sheltered picnic tables beside the Silver Crescent.
   
   

Package #2—Air-conditioned Lounge Car

View inside the SAL #6300 Lounge Car.
View of exterior of the SAL #6300 Lounge Car.
  1. Exclusive use of the air-conditioned Lounge Car #6300 on Track #1, as well as four (4) large picnic tables alongside the car, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lounge Car is a guaranteed memorable experience, as well as an excellent way to avoid those excruciatingly hot Florida days.
  2. Scheduled Private Train Ride on our two-foot gauge Edwin Link “Steam” Train.
  3. A museum staff member will be on hand to assist you.
  4. Your guests may tour our historic trains, historic artifacts and grounds, and have access to our Model Display building, home to our hands-on Thomas the Tank Engine play tables.
   
   

Package #3—Air-conditioned Lounge Car

  1. Exclusive use of the air-conditioned Lounge Car #254 on Track #1, as well as four (4) large picnic tables alongside the car, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lounge Car is a guaranteed memorable experience, as well as an excellent way to avoid those excruciatingly hot Florida days.
  2. Scheduled Private Train Ride on our two-foot gauge Edwin Link “Steam” Train.
  3. A museum staff member will be on hand to assist you.
  4. Your guests may tour our historic trains, historic artifacts and grounds, and have access to our Model Display building, home to our hands-on Thomas the Tank Engine play tables.
   
   
View inside the ACL #254 Lounge Car.
View of exterior of the ACL #254 Lounge Car.

Big Kid Birthday Party—Air-conditioned Lounge Car

Who says that a railroad party is just for kids? Here is a package for the young at heart. Prior to the Museum opening the "Big Kid" will be trained on basic railroad operating rules and familiarized with the controls of a standard gauge locomotive. Guests will then arrive to celebrate with the "Big Kid" on board the air-conditioned lounge car. Guests will have the opprtunity to explore the Museum and, at the appointed time, climb on the train as the conductor shouts "All aboard." The train departs with the "Big Kid" at the throttle for a special train ride. Two guests will be able to ride in the cab with the "Big Kid" as they engineer the train (under supervision of a certified locomotive engineer).

Price includes a membership to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum for the "Big Kid," training at the controls of a standard gauge locomotive for the "Big Kid," exclusive use of our Atlantic Coast Line #254 Lounge Car, admission and standard gauge train ride for up to 20 guests, and a cab ride for 2 guests. 
 

Requirements for the "Big Kid" are:

  • Must be 18 years of age and speak and understand English.
  • May not have consumed alcohol 12 hours prior to classroom instruction and/or locomotive operation or be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Must have completed a membership application (since insurance regulations require that persons operating Gold Coast Railroad Museum equipment must be members.)

We have the room to host multiple parties at the same time and can offer special rates for schools and other special needs.

Please see our Reservation Information section for availability and details on booking your party.

Feel free to download the more detailed Party and Event Information Sheet.

 

Film Shoots

       Film Shoot

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers a variety of different scenic backdrops for filming all located on its 50 acre site.  The Museum, which is located just over a mile off of Florida’s Turnpike in South Miami-Dade County has historic railcars, a railroad yard, operating rail equipment, pineland forests, industrial-looking brick structures, and open fields.  We are easy to work with and can accommodate most any shooting schedule.  The Museum even has railcars that can be rented to serve as dressing/make-up rooms or on site production offices.

Download our Scouting Guide for more information.

Fee Structure:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

(This fee includes: A staff member to assist you, reservation fee, gate entrance fee, equipment usage fee (for filming purposes – non-operating), and fixed costs (electrical, restrooms, etc…)

6:00 am - 8:00 am and 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(This fee includes: A staff member to assist you, reservation fee, gate entrance fee, equipment usage fee (for filming purposes – non-operating), fixed costs (electrical, restrooms, etc…), and after-hours staff costs.

7:00 pm - 6:00 am
 (This fee includes: A staff member to assist you, reservation fee, gate entrance fee, equipment usage fee (for filming purposes – non-operating), fixed costs (electrical, restrooms, etc…), after-hours staff costs and Metro Zoo main gate security fees.

For more information, please contact Lilia Fontana, Executive Director at 305 253 0063.

 

Model/Still Shoots

Fee Structure:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm 
(This fee includes: A staff member to assist you, reservation fee, gate entrance fee, equipment usage fee (for photographic purposes – non-operating), and fixed costs (electrical, restrooms, etc…)

6:00 am - 8:00 am and 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(This fee includes: A staff member to assist you, reservation fee, gate entrance fee, equipment usage fee (for photographic purposes – non-operating), fixed costs (electrical, restrooms, etc…), and after-hours staff costs.

7:00 pm - 6:00 am
 (This fee includes: A staff member to assist you, reservation fee, gate entrance fee, equipment usage fee (for photographic purposes – non-operating), fixed costs (electrical, restrooms, etc…), after-hours staff costs and Metro Zoo main gate security fees.


 

Walk-in Photo Shoots
(Engagement/Student)


 
Mini Photo Shoots
(Engagements, graduations, weddings, family portraits, and Quinceaneras)











 
 
Commercial Photo Shoots
(We offer trains, brick building backgrounds and forest and grassy field settings)

 

All Commercial Photo Shoots must be self-contained and insured. 
( We have no available electric so generators are required for everything. 
We will need a copy of the Photographers’ insurance certificate a day before the shoot - specifying 
“The Gold Coast Railroad Museum" as additionally insured. )


 

 

Events, Meetings, and Weddings

The Museum's plaza area, main display shed, and several air-conditioned lounge cars are available for meetings, weddings, and other events.

Wedding of Bill and Lourdes MetzOver the past five decades, in close cooperation with the Miami Dade County Parks Department, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum has grown into a remarkable historic train and industrial arts collection. The railroad museum is not just a collection of trains. It is about families, community, schools and the joy of learning in a historic environment. On its fifty acres of historic property the Museum provides train rides and hosts increasing numbers of guided school field trips with an orientation presentation, lectures, bus tours, birthday parties, weddings, receptions, business and corporate meetings, film shoots and special events that bring the history of trains to life. The mission of the Museum is to serve by educating all the youths and adults who walk through its doors. Its commitment to education focuses on hands-on interdisciplinary and intergenerational exhibits, programs, outreach activities and special events which speak to the richness and diversity of our Florida heritage.

 

Wedding under the Shed

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum can work to meet your catering needs and can work with your preffered caterer.

The area of Museum property desired for the service or reception must be approved by the Museum in advance.  

Large events and/or multi-day events requiring significant use of the grounds, including closing the Museum during the event, require significant lead time (a minimum of one month is recommended).

 

Business Meeting

ACL 254

The Museum has a lounge car which is now available for rent. The ACL Observation Bar Lounge #254 is sure to offer a very unique place to conduct your next business meeting. The air-conditioned lounge car can accommodate up to 45 people and is ready for catered events such as business meetings. After hours use can be arranged. Please follow the link to see photos of the car.







ACL 254

Please consult the Party and Event Information Sheet or call for more details.

Please see our Reservation Information section for availability and details on booking your rental.

 

Reservations Information

For reservations, availability, or other information, call 305-253-0063 during regular weekday hours, or e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please consult the Party and Event Information Sheet or call for more details.

Driving Directions and other Contact Information.

 

 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:34

GCMRR Club

 


The Model Railroad Page

General Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday:            11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hours may vary depending on volunteer availability.


CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE for FREE ACCESS 
to the current issue of 

Model Railroad Magazine

 


The Gold Coast Railroad Museum houses quite an array of model railroads in many scales as well as priceless railroad paraphernalia. The various scales represented are N, HO, O27, and G scale. The collections and equipment on display have all been donated or loaned to the Museum to be displayed for the public's enjoyment in an air-conditioned exhibition building.


 

A group of children play with hands-on trainsets at Model display area.

Hands On

The Museum has several wood trainset layouts for visiting children to play with hands on! The layouts feature "Thomas" and other equipment, both free-wheeled and motorized. 

There is room for several children to play at once, and even seating areas for supervising adults. So bring the children for a fun and educational experience you can share with your family.

 


 

N Scale

The 4 x 8 foot N scale layout was another donation to the Museum and has three operating loops for trains to run on. The layout has a rather large yard on the front side and another yard on the upper level. 

A large mountain has been constructed in the center of the layout. The mountain contains five tunnels for trains to run through continuously. There are two lower level loops and an upper level loop with a 3 percent, ascending and descending grade.
N Scale Layout

 

HO Scale Layout

HO Scale

The Museum has one HO scale on the property. The layout is a small mountain display layout with two continuous running loops. 

The GCMRR Club has plans to design and build a large "New" Digital Command & Control HO Scale layout, enabling members to operate their own locomotives and trains in a more realistic and operational way. Sign up and join the club so you can help us design our new layout.

 


 

O Scale

One display in the Museum's model railroad collection is a rather large O27 scale layout, built with mostly Lionel rolling stock and accessories. The layout measures about 10 by 8 feet with an access hole in the middle of the square. The layout has 2 continuously running loops, and one elevated loop. 

The layout's equipment comes from various historical eras of the Lionel equipment offered from the 1950's to the present. This layout was donated to the museum unfinished and scenic work is continually being done on a majority of the layout's surface area.
O27 Layout

 

 


 

G Scale Layout

G Scale

The Museum contains two large G Scale layout which are somewhat scenicked but needs a lot more attention to details. One of the layouts has a back and forth trolley line as well as one continuous loop, at the present time.

Many people have G Scale railroads outside in their yards and around their gardens in Southern Florida since the weather is so nice year round. This is a very durable and sturdy gauge to model.

 

 

Car & Locomotive Display

Real trains

Other Areas of Interest 

A collection of American Flyer S gauge and old Rivarossi large scale equipment is on public display. The museum also has a diorama of a Western Pacific California Zephyr train set in HO scale.  

As a member of the museum or the GCMRR Club you also have an opportunity, with the proper training and certification to operate the 24" Gauge Link Train and the 1:1 Scale trains for our guests too!


 

If you would like to be a member of the Gold Coast Model Railroad Club and help to operate and maintain
these wonderful examples of model railroading magic, 
call the
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