Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum


The Union Station Depot & Train Viewing Platform is home of the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum.

The Plant City Union Station Depot is a historic facility in downtown Plant City. It is located at Drane Street and Palmer Street and was built in 1908-1909 by both the Atlantic Coast Line (east-west line) and Seaboard Air Line Railroads (north-south line). The building includes a one story brick passenger depot and two story Railway Express Agency brick freight terminal/loading dock. Even after the merger of the two railroads into the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in 1967, Plant City Union Depot continued to operate until 1971. As an important element in the early development of the city, which depended so heavily on railroad transportation, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1975. The architectural design is credited to J.F. Leitner. 

Immediately to the south of the Depot, the Train Viewing Platform and Tower was constructed in 2013 and opened for use December 14, 2013.

They display and maintain a very sizable collection of railroad memorabilia, including their best know item,

a completely restored Seaboard Air line, no. 5735 Caboose.

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