New Railroad Exhibit at Dunedin Museum
Not long ago, residents of Pinellas County were accustomed to the sights and sounds of the trains passing through. Go to Dunedin Museum to relive those days again in the new exhibit open this fall.
"100 Years of Pinellas County Railroad History" will be the first exhibit ever held about our county's railroad system. Many local museums have given accounts of the railroads within their communities, but the Dunedin Historical Museum will be the first to provide a complete chronological history of the railroad in the entire county!
The main gallery of the museum will include rare and never seen before photographs, uniforms of railroad employees such as engineers and conductors and station agents. A list of items of interest to historians, railroad buffs, schoolchildren and visitors is nearly as long as the 125 miles of track laid in Pinellas County - timetables, menus, souvenirs, posters and the cultural and ethnic history of the railroads, as well as its vital importance to the military will be presented. A special section of the exhibit will be dedicated to Dunedin's railroad history.
Visitors can also try computer simulated railroad engines and learn how to run a steam or diesel powered train. There will be an area where visitors can hear oral histories of former railroad employees and passengers. To really personalize the journey into railroad history visitors will be able to try on railroad uniforms and handle tools that were used to keep the railroads running smoothly.
The museum's journey through Pinellas County history begins in October and chugs along until the end of August, 2010. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $2.00 for adults, and children under 12 years of ages are free. The staff welcomes all museum members and visitors with a hearty "ALL ABOARD".
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