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JACKSONVILLE RR'ana and Model train show FRIDAY & SAT 2/21 & 22.

seth h. bramson
 


Friends:
 
I know that you have gotten emails regarding this great show previously, but sometimes we overlook "stuff" if we get it too far in advance and I do not want you to overlook this always great show, so come and join us next Friday (early admit, additional cost + setup, come in with the dealers) and Saturday for the show. 
 
As always, we will be at our usual "stand," right inside the front door with our clinking, clanking, clattering collection of colliginous junque and hope that you will stop by and say "hey!" or "Hello!" or "how you?!!" or "hola!" as we have become, semi multi-lingual!
 
"But seriously, folks," please join us then and there and I know that you will enjoy saying hello to the beautiful and elegant Myrna, who really loves seeing all of our friends at the show.
 
Details below:
 

Golden Spike Enterprises, Inc. is proud to announce its 36th ANNUAL JACKSONVILLE MODEL TRAINAND RAILROADIANA SHOW AND SALE. This unique event will be held this year on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, Florida. This location is the former Jacksonville Union Terminal, conveniently located off the Forsyth exit (353A), I-95

 

Over 300 tables representing dealers from all over the nation will have model items in all gauges and Railroad Antiques for sale. This is Florida’s largest combination show, displaying items for both the “modeler” and “railbuff” alike all under one roof. The model railroader may choose from Lionel, American Flyer, LGB, Marklin or Ives Trains from the past or present. The rail buff may focus on dining car china, lanterns, switch locks and keys, calendars, timetables, signs or any other artifacts actually utilized by the railroads. Both collecting interests represent truly unique pieces of Americana.

 

As an extra feature of this show will be a large working layout for all to view during all open show hours.

 

Attendees will be able to relive the glory days of railroading in Florida when the Seaboard Railroad, Florida East Coast Railway and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad were king

.

Once again, this once a year event will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Admission is $8.00, children under 12 are free. Parking is free in the main lot only.

 

For other details or dealer information please call (813) 949.7197 and ask for Alan Altman

FEC 4-8-2 411....

seth h. bramson
 

....blasts south with an express for Miami, the famous Mr. Tim Walker at the throttle, the almost as famous East Coast Nick firing, the equally as famous East Coast Hogger mentoring them both.  (Photograph by the late, great FEC Company Photographer, the beloved Harry M. Wolfe, original negative now in the Myrna and Seth Bramson Florida East Coast Railway Company Archive.)

And now rail service to the beaaches needed desparately....

seth h. bramson
 

See you at the Jacksonville railroadiana show at the Prime, Friday, 2/21 for set up and early admit, Sat for the show.
 
Great show.  More info will follow.  Be there or be rotund.

Irving Eyster, R. I. P.

seth h. bramson
 


 

Dear friends and fellow Florida historians:
 
It is with unimaginable sadness that I report to you the passing of one of the greatest and finest Florida historians ever known, Irving Eyster.  Though short in stature Irving was a giant in Florida history, particularly that of the Florida Keys and he spent more than 40 years working to preserve the history of the keys.
 
He was a dear and good friend and I will miss him terribly. I am scheduled to give a presentation next Monday night in Marathon and I will have to concentrate and focus as will be looking over the auditorium not willing to accept that Irving Eyster is not with us.
 
He leaves behind his wonderful wife, his daughter, Barbara Edgar, Barbara's long tme partner, David and his granddaughter, Cinnamon, who he adored beyond words.
 
I can give no greater tribute than to say that his ethics were beyond reproach and that he was a gentleman of the first order. Everyone who knew him will miss him greatly.
3:59pm Feb 7

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"It just don't get any better than this!"

seth h. bramson
 

Open for debate and discussion but if not the single greatest photographer in Florida history, certainly in the top five, the beloved Florida East Coast Railway Company Photographer Harry M. Wolfe. 

OT but I think will be appreciated: Seasonal Cut Backs

seth h. bramson
 

 

After careful analysis, my friend, Uncle Chuck, has determined that effective immediately, the following economizing measures are being implemented in the 12 Days of Christmas subsidiary:

 

 

1) The partridge will be retained, but the pear tree, which never produced the cash crop forecasted, will be replaced by a plastic hanging plant, providing considerable savings in maintenance.

 

2) Two turtle doves represent a redundancy that is simply not cost effective. In addition, their romance during working hours could not be condoned. The positions are, therefore, eliminated.

 

3) The three French hens will remain intact. After all, everyone loves the French. {well… almost everyone}

 

4) The four calling birds will be replaced by an automated voice mail system with a call waiting option.

An analysis is underway to determine who the birds have been calling, how often and how long they talked.

 

5) The five golden rings have been put on hold by the board of directors. Maintaining a portfolio based on one commodity could have negative implications for institutional investors. Diversification into other precious metals, as well as a mix of T-bills and high technology stocks, appear to be in order.

 

6) The six geese-a-laying constitutes a luxury which can no longer be afforded. It has long been felt that the production rate of one egg per goose per day was an example of the general decline in productivity.

Three geese will be let go, and an upgrade in the selection procedure by personnel will assure management that, from now on, every goose it gets will be a good one.

 

7) The seven swans-a-swimming is obviously a number chosen in better times. The function is primarily decorative. Mechanical swans are on order.

The current swans will be retrained to learn some new strokes, thereby enhancing their outplacement.

 

8) As you know, the eight maids-a-milking concept has been under heavy scrutiny by the EEOC. A male/female balance in the workforce is being sought. The more militant maids consider this a dead-end job with no upward mobility.

Automation of the process may permit the maids to try a-mending, a-mentoring or a-mulching.

 

9) Nine ladies dancing has always been an odd number. This function will be phased out as these individuals grow older and can no longer do the steps.

 

10) Ten Lords-a-leaping is overkill. The high cost of Lords, plus the expense of international air travel, prompted the compensation committee to suggest replacing this group with 10 out-of-work congressmen.

While leaping ability may be somewhat sacrificed, the savings are significant as we expect an oversupply of unemployed congressmen this year.

 

11) and 12) Eleven pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming is a simple case of the band getting too big.

A substitution of a string quartet, a cutback on new music and no uniforms, will produce savings which will drop right to the bottom line.

 

 Overall we can expect a substantial reduction in assorted people, fowl, animals and related expenses.

 

Though incomplete, studies indicate that stretching deliveries over 12 days is inefficient.

If we can drop ship in one day, service levels will be improved.

 

Regarding the lawsuit filed by the attorneys' association seeking expansion to include the legal profession (i.e., 13 lawyers-a-suing), a decision is pending.

 

Deeper cuts may be necessary in the future to remain competitive;

should that happen, the board will request that management scrutinize the Snow White division to see if seven dwarfs are really necessary.

 

 Above all, WISHING YOU & YOURS and all of our friends on these lists A MERRY CHRISTMAS  & A PROMISING NEW YEAR!!!

 

And as we say in South Florida, "Deck them halls with matzoh balls!"

Fw: [FECrailway] FEC Annual Christmas Train

seth h. bramson
 

----- Original Message -----
From: "David (ECH)" <dashell@...>
To: <FECrailway@...>; "FECRS-Yahoo" <fecrs@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2013 9:26 AM
Subject: [FECrailway] FEC Annual Christmas Train


Don't forget, next Saturday, Dec. 14. We will also have 4 FECRS members
assisting as elfs on board the train.

Schedule posted again below. I will be an elf at St. Augustine
crossing (San Sebastian View) along with a few other employees.
David (ECH)

On 12/7/2013 8:09 AM, Seth Bramson wrote:
Obviously, I meant to write "Toys for TOTS!" (Fingers flying too fast!)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Seth Bramson" <sbramson@...>
Subject: [Floridarailfan] FEC Santa train coming <was> Amtrak 91 today


Now, most importantly, pls don't forget, y'all, that NEXT Sat., the 14th,
is
our TOYS FOR TOTS train which will run from Bowden to Hialeah with Santa
and all his elves on board making a number of stops to give toys to the
little ones enroute. I will try to post the schedule. (Thank you, David, for posting same below!)
4th Annual Toys for Tots Christmas Train
Nov 22, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida East Coast
Railway (FEC) is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2013 Toys
for Tots Christmas Train operating between Jacksonville and Miami on
Saturday, December 14, 2013.
FEC's Christmas Train offers its employees, their families, customers,
and suppliers an opportunity to contribute to the Toys for Tots program
in the communities along the east coast of Florida. This has become a
favored tradition of FEC employees in support of the communities where
they live.
In coordination with Toys for Tots, a contribution of toys will be
delivered to representatives in eight Florida cities by Santa who will
be on-board on the Christmas Train. Representatives of the United States
Marine Corps will be on hand at each stop to receive the donated toys
and distribute them to needy children in the local communities.
The Christmas Train will stop at the railroad crossings at the locations
listed below and all times are approximate
:
Jacksonville: Mussels Acres Road-West 7:10 AM
St. Augustine: San Sebastian View Crossing-East 8:10 AM
New Smyrna Beach: Canal St.-East 10:05 AM
City Point (Cocoa): Beau Geste Crossing-East 11:40 AM
Fort Pierce: Orange Avenue Crossing-West 1:25 PM
West Palm Beach: 36th Street Crossing-East 2:55 PM
Ft. Lauderdale SW 17th Street Crossing-West 4:20 PM
North Miami: NE 87th Street Crossing-West 5:10 PM
About Florida East Coast Railway
Florida East Coast Railway is a 351-mile freight rail system located
along the east coast of Florida and is the exclusive rail provider for
PortMiami, Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach. FEC connects to the
national railway system in Jacksonville, Florida, to move cargo
originating or terminating there. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, FEC
provides end-to-end intermodal solutions to customers who demand
cost-effective and premium quality. For more information, visit
www.fecrwy.com.

Re: [Floridarailfan] FEC Santa train coming <was> Amtrak 91 today

seth h. bramson
 

Obviously, I meant to write "Toys for TOTS!" (Fingers flying too fast!)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Seth Bramson" <sbramson@...>
Subject: [Floridarailfan] FEC Santa train coming <was> Amtrak 91 today



Now, most importantly, pls don't forget, y'all, that NEXT Sat., the 14th, is
our TOYS FOR TOOTS train which will run from Bowden to Hialeah with Santa
and all his elves on board making a number of stops to give toys to the
little ones enroute. I will try to post the schedule.

FEC Santa train coming <was> Amtrak 91 today

seth h. bramson
 

....Danny is not kidding. Its like the "old" days when engineers were known for their "musical" abilities with the steam whistles. A number of our wonderful train operators have their followings, people turning out almost every trip to greet David Shelley and his conductor, Jim, Tim Walker, Mark and several of the other fellows. We have two relatively new buffs who have just fallen in love with the FEC and are out there greeting and video-ing almost every train, and, of course, no trip is complete without the crews getting greeted by Anita and Mikey Caboose, Ron, Noel and the rest of the gang along with way. It really is almost astounding but it is also great positive PR for a great railroad.

Now, most importantly, pls don't forget, y'all, that NEXT Sat., the 14th, is our TOYS FOR TOOTS train which will run from Bowden to Hialeah with Santa and all his elves on board making a number of stops to give toys to the little ones enroute. I will try to post the schedule.

We invite you to contribute by sending unused toys in original boxes or checks made out to FEC Toys for Tots to FEC Railway, 7150 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville, FL (I have to look up the zip code) OR by bringing either or both to the train where you will be warmly welcomed. Best of all, rumors have it that the two units will be one of the breast cancer awareness units and one of the magnificent red and yellow original paint scheme Champion units, so please try to join us somewhere along the way.

As I have each year, I will be at NE 87th Street in El Portal to greet the train in full conductor's uniform, which everybody also enjoys seeing. Hope that some of you can make it. It really is worth a trip to the east coast to see this train which will have our generator car, the Azalea and the St. Augustine as part of the consist.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Danny Harmon" <narr8rdanny@...>
Subject: [floridarailroading] Amtrak 91 today


06:30.
Looks like he had two PV's on the bottom.
Plenty of toots and waves through town. Almost to an FEC level. -:))

FEC lantern on Ebay--BE CAREFUL

seth h. bramson
 

Friends:
 
There is an "FEC" tall globe lantern on ebay, min bid $44.00.
 
The lettering does not look right, the lantern appears to be unused, the globe is not marked and if you are going to consider bidding I would be very, very, very careful.
 
"Forewarned is forearmed."

SCL M-5 caboose FOR SALE

cainh6691
 

I have an SCL M-5 caboose for sale. Is in Fayetteville, NC., on live rail.

Has a complete interior with; heater, oil tank, water tank, sink, storage cabinets/lockers, all bunks/seats with cushions, cupola seats with cushions, down to the 12 VDC axle generator set.

Is on rotating end cap roller bearing caboose trucks with leaf springs. Trucks alone are worth $ 10K.

Would take minor work to move by rail to a new location.

Pictures available for those seriously interested.

Price: As-Is, Where-Is with SCL key to lock doors is $ 12,000.

Would make a great Chrstmas gift for the railfan.

Southern Rails February 7,8 2014

ray@themontgomerys.info
 

Starting today you have 48 more shopping days until Christmas.

Also starting today of 92 days until Southern Rails

This is your invitation to join us on February 7 & 8, 2014 for Southern Rails. Our meet will be a traditional get together not open to the general public. The meet will be held at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain Georgia. The meet will include traditional elements like clinics, contests, vendors and above all fun. As a plus the family will have the opportunity to visit Callaway Gardens while you attend. More information is available at our website; www.SouthernRails.org

Thanks

Ray Montgomery
Show Director

FEC Carferry H. M. Flagler and P & O leased from NH RR Gov Cobb in Key West postcard....

seth h. bramson
 

 
....on ebay,
 
 
That link probably won't work but you can look up the item number, 190955489354 with very modest min bid.
 
Very rare color postcard showing the two boats at the Key West terminal docks.  Pls email me off list if ??




Great Days of Rail Travel Exhibit Begins Tomorrow Night with an Opening Reception at 5:30 pm at the Main Library

seth h. bramson
 


 

Hope to see you of you tonight!

Join us at the opening reception Wednesday, October 9, 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Broward County Main Library Bienes Museum.

 

 

 

Debbie Llenza, Librarian IV

Broward County Main Library

100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

954-357-7403

www.broward.org/library




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Re: [FECrailway] RE: WE STILL NEED A PASSENGER DIESEL MODEL!

seth h. bramson
 


Thanks, Tom, and I want all to know that the loans of items from Tom, from Jerry Groothouse and from Jonathan Nelson have really enhanced this marvelous exhibit.
 
Most importantly, a great and grand THANK YOU is due to Lillian Perricone at the Bienes Museum along with Jeri and Don Boehning (Don, a great writer, was the Latin American reporter for many, many years for the Miami Herald), Bienes Museum volunteers who worked so hard and for so long with Lillian to bring this exhibit to life and I hope that you all will join me in extending our thanks to all of them.
 
As Tom noted, "This event looks to be a fantastic event highlighting the FEC." and I will add only one note, which is that this is the first ever exhibit focusing on and presenting the history of FEC passenger train service.  I think that, as Florida rail buffs and particularly as FEC R S members, you all have a stake in this, and will be very proud of our railroad and what it has done for Florida, particularly the east coast.

----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Byrne
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:37 PM
Subject: FW: [FECrailway] RE: WE STILL NEED A PASSENGER DIESEL MODEL!

I received this from Lillian Perricone from Bienes Museum. She asked me to forward it to as many rail fans as possible. This event looks to be a fantastic event highlighting the FEC.

 “Stay Alert --- Stay Alive.”

 Here’s the PR about the event that I promised to you.  Please forward this to your groups and Facebook.

Lillian

  

The Bienes Museum  of the Modern Book Presents "The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast" Opening Reception on October 9

  

- Exhibit and related events also celebrate Broward County Libraries Division's "Viva Florida 500" finale -

  

"The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast" on display at Main Library from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

DATE: September 16, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
EMAIL: cmcelrath@...
PHONE: 954-357-7402

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The opening reception for The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast, an exhibition highlighting the history of passenger train service by the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), is scheduled for October 9, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Broward County Libraries Division's Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located on the sixth floor of the Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

The evening will include opening remarks from FEC Railway Vice President and General Counsel Robert Ledoux, a talk by Professor Seth H. Bramson on the history of FEC passenger service and a brief presentation on the future of Florida rail travel by All Aboard Florida. The reception is sponsored by Florida East Coast Railway through the Broward Public Library Foundation.

The Great Days of Rail Travel exhibit takes visitors on 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. 

The exhibition, 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 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.

The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast is presented by the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and Florida East Coast Railway Company Historian, Professor Seth H. Bramson, and will be on display from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 at the Bienes Museum. Special programs and events celebrating this exhibit include:

  • October 21, 2013, 1 to 2:30 p.m. - The Florida East Coast Railway: For Almost 120 Years, America's Speedway to Sunshine. Discussion and Q&A on the history of Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway, presented by Professor Seth H. Bramson, Main Library, Bienes Museum.
  • November 4, 2013, 1 to 2:30 p.m. - The Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told: Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension. Talk and Q&A on "the greatest railroad engineering and construction feat in U.S. history," presented by Professor Seth H. Bramson. Main Library, Bienes Museum.
  • January 27, 2014, 1 to 2 p.m. - Train Safety for Everyone. Presented by Dr. Ken Sargeant of Operation Lifesaver, Main Library, Bienes Museum.
  • February 24, 2014, 3 to 4 p.m. - Get the Most with Your Toast! Dine on the Florida East Coast! An excursion into the Flagler System's gracious on-board dining and beverage services from 1896 through 1968. Presented by historian and avid train enthusiast Jonathan Nelson. Main Library, Bienes Museum.
  • March 10, 2014, 3 to 4 p.m. - Extra Fare! Fabulous Florida Streamliners and "Limited's" of the 1950s. A look at some of the most beautiful trains in the world. Presented by historian and avid train enthusiast Jonathan Nelson, Main Library, Bienes Museum.
  • March 18, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Dreamers and Schemers - The Balancing Act: Entrepreneurialism, Tourism and Preservation. Exploration of issues concerning Florida's industry and tourism and the environment. Includes theatrical presentations about Henry Morrison Flagler, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.  Presented by the Florida Humanities Council, Main Library/Auditorium.
  • March 24, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. - All Aboard Florida: The Future of Train Travel in Florida. An executive from All Aboard Florida will present updates and an overview of a future express passenger train between Central and South Florida, Main Library, Bienes Museum.

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. No reservation/registration is required.   

For more information on the exhibit, opening reception or special programs related to The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast, please contact Lillian Perricone, 954-357-8243, lperrico@....

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lillian Perricone, Reference Librarian / Rare Book Cataloger

Broward County Main Library, 6th floor

Bienes Museum of the Modern Book

100 S. Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tel:  954-357-8243

lperrico@...

 

www.broward.org/Library/Bienes/Pages/Default.aspx

 

 

Re: [floridarailroading] Re: New FEC paint job

seth h. bramson
 


Unending credit to President Jim Hertwig.  And what a spectacular follow up to our magnificent Champion paint scheme, which Mr. Hertwig named.
 
We are very proud of what he has done and hope you all get to see those stunningly beautiful engines "up close."
 
PS:  If you are not on the FEC lists you will all be receiving, in the next few days, the invitation to join us on Oct 9, beginning at 5:30 PM at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book on the 6th floor of the main Broward County library in downtown Ft. Lauderdale for the stunningly beautiful new exhibt, THE GREAT DAYS OF RAIL TRAVEL ON THE FLORIDA EAST COAST, presented by the Broward Library Foundation, Broward County Libraries and the Florida East Coast Railway, with opening reception sponsored by FEC.  Parking is on-street or in the very large city garage right across the street and hope that as many of you as can will try to join us for the opening of this marvelous and absolutely outstanding exhibit.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [floridarailroading] Re: New FEC paint job

The FEC Breast Cancer units pulled into Bowden Yard right around 6 PM.  The family & I just happened to be at an FEC crossing in JAX when the gates went down & there they were.  The yellow unit & the red unit in the consist looked like some sort of Genset switchers.  Our daughter Sabal loved seeing the pink choo-choos!
 
Regards,
Paul
Jacksonville, FL
 
 
 
 

(No subject)

seth h. bramson
 

ALL:
 
A GREAT show.
 
If we were not in our situation with left knee replacement coming up we would be there, so have a grand time and give my best to everybody.
 
Seth

GOLDEN SPIKE ENTERPRISES, INC.

                                                                                                                       

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Golden Spike Enterprises, Inc. is proud to announce its 45th FLORIDA RAILFAIR AND MODEL SHOW AND SALE. This event will be held at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Avenue, Deland, Florida 32724 in the Tommy Lawrence Show Arena and the Talton Exhibit Hall on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This location is conveniently located near I-4, at exit 118a.

 

Over 275 tables representing dealers from all over the nation will have model items in all gauges and Railroad Antiques for sale. This is Florida’s largest combination show, displaying items for both the “modeler” and “rail buff” alike all under one roof. The model railroader may choose from Lionel, American Flyer, LGB, Marklin or Ives Trains from the past or present. The rail buff may focus on dining car china, lanterns, switch locks and keys, calendars, timetables or any other artifacts actually utilized by the railroads. Both collecting interests represent truly unique pieces of Americana.

 

As an extra feature of this show there will be several large working layouts, including a G-scale layout with displays for all to enjoy during all open show hours. Also there will be a ride-on-train for the kids!

                                                                              

All attendees will be able to relive the glory days of railroading in Florida when the Seaboard Railroad, Florida East Coast Railway and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad were king.

 

Once again, this event will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, Deland, Florida. Admission is $7.00, children under 12 are free. Plenty of free parking available.

 

Discount coupons are available on line at www.gserr.com  They will save you $1.00 off one admission.

 

For other details please call (386) 736 - 8185 and ask for Charlie Miller or Alan Altman at (813) 949 - 7197

 

F L L exhibit update

seth h. bramson
 

Friends:
 
Wanted to bring you up to date on THE GREAT DAYS OF RAIL TRAVEL ON THE FLORIDA EAST COAST exhibit which will open on October 1st with the grand opening reception on October 9th, same sponsored by FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY.
 
As you know, the exhibit will be at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book on the 6th floor of the main Broward County Library in downtown FLL and the Oct. 9th event will begin at 5:30 PM with a welcome by FEC Vice President and General Counsel Robert Ledoux, followed by my brief talk on the history of FEC passenger train service and then a greeting and welcome from our friends at AAF.
 
YOU ARE ALL WARMLY AND CORDIALLY INVITED to join us for the grand opening on Oct. 9th.
 
As soon as I receive approval from the PR folks I will send you the publicity and the exhibit poster, same nothing short of stunningly beautiful.  No, won't tell you what it is but I know you will be as thrilled as I am with it.  Lillian Perricone at the library has done an incredible job for us.
 
A special note of thanks is due to Jonathan Nelson, Jerry Groothouse, Tom Bryne and John Bovinette for either making items available for the exhibit or offering same.  In addition, the Florida Citrus Model Railroad Club will have a display of FEC models which will bring even greater interest  to the public.
 
There will be a series of public events during the course of the exhibit including two talks by this writer, two talks by Jonathan Nelson, a presentation by Operation Life Saver and one or more talks and/or presentations by our model railroader friends, so it is not just an "opening night shindig" event, but, rather, a major six month exhibit on the history of America's most exciting railroad.
 
Once you receive the publicity and the poster we will certainly appreciate your sharing it with all of your and our fellow railroad buffs and local historians as this is not only a major (six month) exhibit but is the first large FEC exhibit since the 1996 Centennial exhibits and the 2012 Key West Centennial exhibit and I think, feel and believe that it will be an exhibit and display that we all can be proud of since we are all connected, in some way or another, to the railroad which has done so much for all of us.
 
Looking forward to seeing you there!
 
As ever,
Seth
 

Fw: Florida historian Seth H. Bramson explains history of Florida East Coast Railway August 24

seth h. bramson
 

Friends:
 
Below is the press release and info for the two talks at Stuart and Hobe Sound next weekend and we hope that as many of you as are able will join us.  In addition to the talks there will be wonderful displays presented by Mr. Groothouse and the famous Cabooses so we look forward to seeing you next Saturday in Martin County at what promises to be a very enjoyable pair of events.
 
Cordially,
Seth

 

From: Martin County Library System [mailto:akikkert@...]
Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2013 3:56 PM
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Subject: Florida historian Seth H. Bramson explains history of Florida East Coast Railway August 24

 

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For immediate release: August 8, 2013
Contact: Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations (772) 463-3205 

  

 

Florida historian Seth H. Bramson explains history of Florida East Coast Railway August 24

  

  

Professor Seth H. Bramson, Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway and author of Speedway to Sunshine, details the history of Florida's oldest and most famous railway system Saturday, August 24. Bramson will speak at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, at 11:00 am for the first presentation. A second talk follows at the Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, at 2:00 pm. Picture displays and models of the railway will be available for viewing.  

  

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The FEC Railway traces its lineage back to December 31, 1885. Under Henry M. Flagler's direction, the Railway founded many of the cities on Florida's east coast including Palm Beach, Hallandale Beach, Miami and others.   

  

Today the high-speed railway operates numerous fast through freight trains between Jacksonville and Miami. It is America's most exciting railroad, one of the most profitable, and the best maintained, run and managed.

  

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Bramson is known in Florida as "Mr. FEC" and is the only person in the country to bear the official title of Company Historian with an American railroad. His book, Speedway to Sunshine, is the official history of the Florida East Coast Railway. Bramson teaches at Barry University, Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University.

  

This presentation, one of several Journey Stories events for adults, is brought to you by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council, to complement the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Museum. The exhibit will be on display at the Elisabeth Lahti Library October 19 through November 30. Eighteen months of events exploring Journey Stories themes will take place at Martin County libraries leading up to and immediately following the Smithsonian exhibit.

  

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403, or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

  

  

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Updates on upcoming talks in Stuart and Hobe Sound and FLL Exhibit

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Friends:
 
A brief update as a reminder:
 
Martin County libraries:  talks on the history of the FEC Railway with exhibits courtesy of Mr. Groothouse and the famous Cabooses, Sat., 8-24, 11:00 AM--12:30 PM, Stuart, 2:--3:30 PM, Hobe Sound, these sponsored by the Smithsonian, Florida Humanities Council and the Martin County Library System
 
October 1, "soft" opening of THE GREAT DAYS OF RAIL TRAVEL ON THE FLORIDA EAST COAST, a major, six month exhibit at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book on the 6th floor of the main library in FLL, with the GRAND OPENING on Wed., Oct 9th from 5:30 till 7:30 PM with exhibit assistance from Jonathan Nelson as well as FEC model displays.
 
Mr. Robert Ledoux, FEC Railway Vice President and General Counsel will give the opening remarks for the exhibit along with a welcome from our friends at All Aboard Florida.
 
These will be marvelous events showcasing America's most exciting railroad and we hope that as many of you as are able will join us.
 
Cordially,
Seth