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“American history you can feel and touch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Gold Coast Railroad Museum

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum
12450 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177
+1 305-253-0063
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Ranked #40 of 123 attractions in Miami
Type: Specialty Museums
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“American history you can feel and touch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The railroads played an important part in shaping what is today the United States. This museum gives you a wonderful taste of what long distance travel must have been like in the first half of the 20th century, before the advent of commercial air flight. The museum is struggling to upkeep itself, but some of the pieces on view make the journey more than worthwhile.

Take for instance the Ferdinand Magellan railcar that was effectively a predecessor on wheels of Air Force One. Used intensively by President Roosevelt, it is said that Winston Churchill wrote his famous “Iron Curtain” speech at the car’s dining room table. You can feel the weight of history as you are shown through the railcar which was also used by Presidents Truman and Eisenhower.

Another remarkable set of carriages make up an original 1950’s California Zephyr which used to cover the route from Chicago to Oakland, California in two and a half days, from 1949 to its demise in 1970. You can sit in the Vista Dome end carriage and get an impression of what it must have been like to travel through mountains and valleys in wonderful comfort.

A more sombre aspect of US history can be found in a passenger car from the segregated era. It had signs which could be turned over, indicating whether a passenger area was reserved for “WHITE” or “COLORED”. See my photos, and go touch this history.

It is a shame that the museum does not have enough funds to maintain in pristine condition these original and irreplaceable jewels of US history. It is unique in the Miami area and well worth a visit.

Visited September 2012
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“Dream come true for 5 year old boy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

My 5 year old favorite train movies started from young with mickey mouse choo choo express and then polar expeess. He loved being able to ride with the engineer.
There are also about 10 to 15 mosel train tables. Tip: take a mister fan (walmart) in summer it gets really hot.

Visited July 2012
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“Consider GCRM for weddings!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We ended up having our wedding at this museum, and talk about bang for your buck! We spent less than $1,000 on renting the venue, which included the use of two air conditioned lounge cars for cocktails and train rides for everyone, as well as the ceremony on the Ferdinand Magellan Presidential Rail car. We had a very unique wedding and our 100+ guests had a great time looking at all the rail cars. We also got fantastic pictures around the trains and inside the trains. This is a hidden gem as far as event venues are considered. We went with a vintage theme, complete with men wearing top hats and women wearing those large, British derby hats. We also had a bagpiper for the ceremony. The whole affair was more elegant than the Biltmore and we spent thousands $$$ less! The director and staff were very helpful and accommodated all of our requests. No matter what we asked, the answer was always, "We'll see what we can do."

Visited May 2012
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“If You Like Trains, You'll Love This Place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

We come here when they have their Thomas The Train events. Cute little gift shop with train hats, shirts and whistles. They did a Food Truck Event here, too, that was fantastic. Hope they continue that. We waited in line to ride the Thomas the Train for what seemed forever. It was having technical problems so not their fault, really. Son loved it so you know that means we'll be back. It's in the Miami Zoo parking lot on the right side going in.

Visited November 2011
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“Gold Coast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

It was ok. Found it to be more of a historical site. The inside of the trains made you realize how traveling has improved. The train ride was ok. Didn't like the idea of waiting half an hour for a 10 minute ride. The museum has lots of potential for improvement. I went on a day it was free. (The first Saturday of the month). Im not sure if its worth paying for. I loved the food venues best.

Visited April 2012
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