Chugga Chugga – we know we can, we know we can! Love trains? Then you might just love the Veterans Memorial Railroad, which offers great locomotive experiences fo the whole family!
Grab those station master hats, we’re ready to chugga chugga through the beautiful Florida nature! The Veterans Memorial Railroad spent a long time finding and restoring a number of locomotives – the first one was a 1950’s National Amusement Device “24” gauge “Century Flyer” train set – recovered from a ….you guessed it…amusement park! It entertained families back then, and now it continues to entertain families now.
It’s locomotives like these that kids can learn a bit of history too, learning where the train came from, and in what capacity it was used.
Since that initial locomotive, the railroad kept expanding to what it is today, including the construction of a 3400 sq ft. museum/depot and a one mile paved walking trail where you can enjoy the day and try and spot some wildlife! There are even night lights!
What’s that? You also want a large playground for the kids to play on in between train rides? Lucky you! Part of the big overhaul of the Veterans Memorial Railroad was a large playground, we well as great landscaping which makes for a very pretty family day out!
Want to know the coolest part of the overhaul? The 2′ Gauge Crown Live Steam Locomotive which is a proper steam train! It’s the ONLY coal-fired live steam train that is operating in any public park in the state. It may be a small train, but it requires a lot of muscle and work to keep it going!
The engineer and the fireman are busy in the cab keeping it running, so make sure the kids check out how a true steam train actually works!
Do you Choo Choo choose a fun family day out? Veterans Memorial Railroad might just be your answer!