A Nice Place To Visit

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A Nice Place To Visit
Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, November 03, 2018 2:59 PM

Hello everyone!  I'm speaking from you today from Estero FL, down here for Mom's 90th birthday, she looks and feels good too!

Anyway, today Lady Firestorm and I visited the Naples (FL) Depot Museum, a surviving Seaboard Coast Line train station with a toy train museum attached.  Very impressive, and the big layout is fun to watch!  Nice people in there too!

Here's the website...

www.naplestrainmuseum.org

If you're in the area it's well worth visiting!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, November 04, 2018 6:55 PM

Happy B-Day to her!  November babies rule!  Wink

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, November 04, 2018 7:09 PM

Thanks Becky!  I'll pass it along!

Wayne

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, November 05, 2018 7:41 PM

The whole world seems to be counting down to mine!  Laugh

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, November 05, 2018 8:39 PM

Ah, I suspect it's election day! 

Well there's supposedly an old Chinese curse...

"May you live in interesting times!"

The times sure are interesting!

Oh, and I'll probably do an "in-depth" report on the Naples Train Museum when I get home.  This hotel courtesy computer is a "nice to have" thing but quite honestly I can barely stand it.  I'm correcting typos like a madman.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, November 08, 2018 3:18 PM

Here's the update I promised everyone on the Naples Toy Train Museum.

The address of 401 10th Street South is correct, but just to make it easier for everyone to find the location is on the corner of 5th Avenue South and 10th Street South.  5th Avenue South is also called Route 41, the Tamiami Trail.  The museum is across the street from Tin City, a local retail outlet, so if you miss the museum look for Tin City, you're in the area and right on top of it.  Don't look for any train tracks, they were lifted long ago.

The Lionel collection is VERY impressive, it includes a 773 Hudson, and vintage post-war locomotives like Pennsy Turbines, Lionel Berkshires, and others.  Even some pre-war tinplate.  The layout is quite a sight as well.

The volunteer staff are very friendly and love to talk toy trains.  I spent quite a bit of time with one of the staffers commiserating about Bachmann's gutting of the Williams line!

We didn't bother with the miniature train ride, but it looks like fun!  They were running a mini-diesel the day we were there, but if they were running the mini live steamer we might just have given it a go!

All in all a very enjoyable experience, and the old Seaboard depot is well worth a look as well.  Not just railroadiana, but an interesting museum of Naples history.

Well worth stopping in if you're in the area!

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, November 08, 2018 5:14 PM

Wayne, so nice of you to post a report such as this!

Regards, Roy

            

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, November 08, 2018 7:37 PM

Happy to do it sir!  Anytime I'm on the road somewhere and visit a rail-related place or hobby shop that impresses me I try to spread the word about it.

It can't hurt and I sincerely hope it helps.

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