The Museum occupies the L&N Milton combination freight and passenger depot that was built in 1907-09 on the site of the original 1882 P&A depot. The station was closed in 1973, bought by the Santa Rosa Historical Society, and partially restored with a 1976 Bicentennial grant. The Museum moved into the building in 1989 and completed the restoration. Its car displays include L&N Dining Car 2722, Globe Coffee House, a former Pullman sleeper car, renovated into L&N baggage-dormitory car 1652, L&N caboose 1148, Frisco caboose 1102, L&N box car 18050 and L&N flat car 21107. Outbuildings include a bridge tenders house from the Escambia Bay trestle and a section shed with motor car. The Museum houses a wide variety of memorabilia from the L&N, Frisco, and other railroads.
The Museum operates a gift shop in the restored main waiting rooms of the depot which stocks a variety of model railroad kits and supplies, primarily N and HO scale, and also a number of gift souvenir items. Model supplies which are not stocked can be special ordered with short delivery time if the items are available at suppliers. The gift shop carries several books on local railroad history. Museum members receive a discount on all gift shop purchases.
The Milton depot, on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by the Santa Rosa Historical Society and leased by the West Florida Railroad Museum, Inc. The Museum is staffed by volunteer members and it and the model railroad gift shop are open every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and other times by appointment for group tours. The L&N Dining Car 2722 is available for the private parties of Museum members, as is our riding model railroad.
The Museum receives no public funding, therefore, your donation is respectfully requested. We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 corporation which may make your donations tax deductible. We also invite donations of items from the railroad industry, especially from the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and the Saint Louis-San Francisco Railway.
You are invited to join the Museum and help us work to restore, maintain, and enjoy the depot, rolling stock, and outdoor exhibits. Your talents may be used in many different ways. Click here for membership application.