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.
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.
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.