February 6, 2013 by Nikko Azan
“The Gold Coast Railroad Museum was founded in 1956 and was built on the former Naval Air Station Richmond site due to it having over 3 miles of existing railroad which made it the perfect candidate. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is one of three Official State Railroad Museums in Florida and its purpose is to preserve railroad history. It houses over 30 historic trains including classic railroad cars like the Western Pacific “Silver Crescent” and engines like the Florida East Coast “113.” The Museum strives to teach railroad history with the use of artifacts, movies, and railroading materials. The Museum’s train rides allow guests to board vintage trains and get a taste of the past.”
Ok…so that was kind of boring I know…it’s from wiki and as usual is factually based and totally drab. I did however just want you guys to know what this place was about before I gave you my in-factually based and totally awesome review of the best Saturday afternoon we’ve had since I brought home my new Triumph 3 weekends ago.
So without further adieu, on to my in-factually based and totally awesome review lol~
Welcome to a kick ass Train Museum located in the most unassuming place of Miami! The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is located within Metro Zoo, or Zoo Miami as it was re-dubbed a few years ago and is far more interesting than all the tired animals they have next door.
I know, I know…the Zoo is wayyyy out there. Fortunately for us, our house is wayyyy out there too so it was only 5 minutes away~ Finally…living far from civilization has a perk!
It was the first Saturday of the month which meant it was free! See how happy D is? Its’ not because she likes trains, but rather because we like seeing trains for free!
Got that? Write this down. First Saturday of every month at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum is free ninety nine~
First up and probably my most favorite train of the day…the California Zephyr. The Zephyr was the stretch hummer limo with chrome spinner wheels of its day! I know it doesn’t look that way from out here but wait til we get inside~
Here Dom pretends to be interested in the history of the Zephyr but I know oh too well that she is as blind as a bat in broad daylight so there is no way on earth she can read that thing in this dimly lit station with her stunner shades on lol. But hey…it works for the story so I didn’t call her out on it.
I couldn’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia as we made the longgg trek down the station to the boarding gate of the Zephyr. It really felt like we went back in time….but with a digital camera, iPhone, stunner shades, etc. etc. of today lol
Finally after what felt like an eternity we’re here. All aboardddd!!
Light switch…kinda sketchy but I wouldn’t say creepy.
Push the door a little harder…BAM…creepy no, but tight yes! Yikes! This is as far as the door would go before busting your knee caps open had you forgot to lock the door before attempting to do number 2 lol.
For some odd reason I kept hearing my name being hollered from further down the train followed by “hurry your…expletive…expletive…up!”
Naturally, I quickly grabbed what I could. Check out the air conditioner knob lol. That made me chuckle. Who needs temperature adjustments?? This thing goes from “open” to “close” using your nipples as a thermostat. Pretty neat~
scary monster: look! its a bar!
me: oh…it’s just you.
Pretty cool huh? I just made that up lol.
It looked to be a nice place to sit, smoke and drink….and even had an awesome upper deck sitting room with a glass ceiling to look outside as the train crossed the country. I can only imagine how fascinating that must have been in its day!
One thing I found intriguing was how cramped the corridors were! At five foot nothing and barely one hundred pounds soaking wet D ate up the entire width of it! I guess handy capped folks didn’t ride trains back then…thats too bad.
Out yet another set of doors we stumbled onto the food-car or whatever they called it. This thing looked like a scene straight out of a 50’s diner complete with vinyl seats and all. You could almost hear the knives and forks clanging over dozens of various conversations all going on at the same time.
It was very surreal.
Past the food-car, through yet another door and down yet another corridor we came upon even more rooms. This thing just went on forever and ever it seemed like. At one point I even started to wonder if we had walked through the wrong door and entered the twilight zone.
Relax…the twilight zone doesn’t exist as I am typing this up 3 days later from Earth.
Her sexy model face is way better lol
You know what that means~!
or so I thought….
Whatever. See how funny it is when you’re walking home heifer.
Finally the way out! And that ladies and gentlemen was the California Zephyr! Pretty neat huh? I really don’t even think my photos did this rig justice, you really need to go and experience it for yourself if you can. The compactness of the spaces, the materials and finishes….the smells among other things. Definite bucket list item for you South Florida readers :)
Once outside the Zephyr we found some sort of a Train Graveyard that was pretty neat. I didn’t get the name of this train but it was definitely the most colorful and packed the most character of them all. We actually thought it looked even better all rusted up the way it sat here in the train station today. What do you think?
The colors were so beautiful! I had sooo many photos of this one side alone, narrowing them down to a select few was even more challenging than writing up this whole blog post. This place really was a photographer’s delight.
Conveniently, obviously since we’ve never been here before, D’s wardrobe selection fit right in with the earth tones of the train. I mean…imagine if she was wearing something pink like she usually does.
Would have had to send her home or something lol.
Quick stop by the public transportation graveyard on the way back to the main station revealed an old metro mover complete with the track’s structural supports and a yellow New York fire truck which seemed to be a little way from home lol.
I really liked the metro mover bit as it looked like a modern day version of a dinosaur exhibit with concrete structures in place of a rib cage and a metro move car, the heart of Miami’s public transportation (or lack there of) in place of the Dino’s heart.
Or maybe I just have a big imagination.
Cant take her anywhere.
Although the past was filled with tons of things that made me wish I was born decades earlier this was not one of them. We didn’t like the idea of a colored only car so we got off.
That and the dude yelling at us to get off the train and make our way to the exit lol.
For anyone that plans on going on a Saturday for the free ninety nine admission, be warned that the museum closes at 4pm. Being that we got there around 2:45 I don’t think we did too bad~
(notice we’re the last ones in here lol)
Hope you enjoyed my in-factually based and totally awesome review of the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Feel free to drop me a line in the comments below if you have any questions as I’m sure there are train loads of info…get it…train loads…that I didn’t get around to jotting down in this blog post.
Thanks for stopping by, thats all folks~!