EB94BY Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami, Florida, USA

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Gold Coast Railroad Museum


Primarily of interest to train buffs, this museum displays more than 30 antique railway cars, including the Ferdinand Magellan presidential car, where President Harry Truman famously brandished a newspaper with the erroneous headline ‘Dewey Defeats Truman.’

On weekends the museum offers 25-minute rides on old cabooses ($6) and standard gauge cabs ($12). It’s advised you call ahead to book rides.

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