The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is a railroading history museum in Miami, Florida. It is best noted for being home to several antique and vintage train cars that will surely delight any train lover.
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum started in 1956 as a result of the University of Miami Business Administration student William J. Godfrey?s curiosity about the unused tracks at the ?south campus? of the university. What he was referring to was the former Naval Air Station Richmond, a WWII airship airbase. It was used for botanical research at the time, which seemed quite a waste for Godfrey who was interested with the three miles worth of tracks. When he lobbied the idea of starting an attraction related to trains to the then university president, Dr. Jay FW Pearson, the concept clicked, and so the museum was born.
Today, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum is home to several historic rail cars, including the Ferdinand Magellan, which is the presidential car built for Franklin D. Roosevelt, and used by all Presidents up to William Clinton.