Henry Morrison Flagler | FEC Passenger Train Service | FEC's Key West Extension
The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast is an exhibition highlighting the history of passenger train service by the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC). The exhibit and programs are held at the Broward County Libraries Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the sixth floor of the Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
The Great Days of Rail Travel exhibit is on display until March 31, 2014. Visitors can take a journey that began in 1885, when Henry M. Flagler purchased the predecessor of today's FEC. Images, brochures, booklets and other memorabilia from the golden days of rail passenger service bring the past alive and showcase what is referred to today as "America's most exciting railroad." Flagler, a developer who masterminded the growth of Florida's East Coast, also launched the railroad which bears that name. A renowned figure in state history, Flagler has numerous streets, schools, public facilities, a city and a Florida county named after him.
The exhibition, which is drawn from the Myrna and Seth Bramson Florida East Coast Railway Archive, heralds the glories of train travel on the FEC. Model trains are from the collections of Tom Byrne, Jonathan Nelson and the Florida Citrus Model Train Society. Artifacts and vintage photographs detail the comfort, luxury and amenities of FEC's passenger train service including fine dining, lounge and bar cars and, during winter seasons, recreation cars on the FEC's famed passenger train, The Florida Special.
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