After visiting Naples for more than 25 years we recently decided to go slightly off our usual track (pun intended) and take in the Naples Depot Museum. At the south end of the recently renovated former Naples train station was a comfortably sized local museum depicting the history of the station and rail system that once served Naples. A well done, professional presentation with displays of memorabilia and the written details if you want them. Going further into the building you are treated to a history of Naples’ development as a tourist destination and second home community. Staffed by friendly folks who seemed to enjoy answering inquiries. Contributions for the support of the museum are accepted. Outside of the museum, on segments of former rail lines, are several genuine train cars; a passenger car, a box car, and caboose which you can walk through.
Don’t miss -- the local model railroad club is housed on the north end of the same building with its own entrance. For a small admission charge you can enjoy watching mostly senior members of the club operate a large train setup. Some of the installation even allows visitors to participate. There is also a wall of display cases filled with classic model train cars. Fun for families that can be topped off by a trip around the old depot on a miniature ride-on train whose use is covered by the admission charge to the club’s model room.
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