| November/December 1973

  • Gold Coast Railroad
    A trainman for the Gold Coast Railroad in Fort Lauderdale readies his engine for the annual Exposition of Steam in November. In addition to visitor rides, the special celebration includes both full size and scale model exhibits of a variety of steam and g
    Department of Commerce

  • Gold Coast Railroad

FDC Staff Writer

November visitors to Florida will find an increased pace in the tempo of festivals and special events. For fall is in the air and the many outdoor activities of the month complement the Sunshine State's mild and beautiful autumn season.

The sound of fun may be heard throughout the state.

In Fort Lauderdale, a steam-powered locomotive creaks and groans as it bears passengers on a journey into the past, during the annual Exposition of Steam, sponsored by the Gold Coast Railroad. A short journey on the narrow-gauge train sets the mood for the elaborate display of full-size and scale-model motors and equipment of the almost-forgotten era of steam.

Enhancing the atmosphere are the permanent displays of the railroad: the replica of a small town railroad depot, complete with gingerbread trim, big semaphore signal and telegrapher's bay window; and the famous Ferdinand Magellan, private car of the President of the United States, in which Harry Truman made his whistle-stop tour prior to the 1948 election.