Welcome to the Palatka Railroad Preservation Society.
We began in 1993 as an informal organization of people interested in railroading. The City of Palatka promoted the establishment of an organization and provided the use of the Palatka Railroad Depot. The historic A.C.L. Union Depot, as it is also known, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Society is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the rail heritage of Palatka, Florida and surrounding communities, from the first railway in the 1800's to the present. The Society's purpose is to encourage and engage in the collection, cataloging, restoration, maintenance and display of materials, artifacts and documents relating to this heritage; to promote knowledge and understanding among Society members and the community; and to promote a mutually beneficial relationship among it's members.
A portion of the historic depot has already been established as the David Browning Railroad Museum and contains documents, photographs, maps, signs and other items donated or loaned by the public.
One 25'X30' room has been set aside for the construction of a model train layout depicting Palatka and surrounding areas during the heyday of rail traffic.
The South portion of the depot houses "Railrodeo", created by Irvin P. Saylor. It was billed as the "World's largest mobile HO scale model railroad" when it began touring the East Coast in 1975.
Railroad lines that preceded CSX are: Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West; St. Augustine & Palatka; Oklawaha Valley (Ocala Northern); Florida Southern; Georgia, Southern & Florida; Atlantic Coast Line; Florida East Coast; Seaboard Coast Line and Family Lines. Amtrak also leases trackage from CSX and has scheduled stops at the Palatka Depot.
Some other railroads were:
Palatka and Heights Street railway, Date Filed 05/17/1884
Palatka Street Railway Company, Date Filed 05/17/1884
St. Augustine & Palatka Railway, Date Filed 10/19/1885
Palatka & Indian River Railway, Date Filed 02/04/1882
Ocala Northern Railroad Company, Date Filed 09/02/1909
Palatka and Sanford Railroad Company, Date Filed 12/19/1881
Palatka, Welaka and Lake Railroad Company, Date Filed 04/02/1888
Palatka and Lake Shore Railway of Florida, Date Filed 05/17/1889
The Palatka and North Western Railway Company, Date Filed 06/21/1888
Palatka and Ocklawaha River Railway Company, Date Filed 07/01/1885
The Palatka Orange Spring Railway Company, Date Filed 06/04/1870
Interlachen, Jacksonville and Ocala Air Line Rail Road Company, Date Filed 03/22/1886
Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West Railway, Date 02/19/1878
We will be CLOSED for open house on December 19, 2015 and January 3, 2016. Please join us for our regularly scheduled 3rd Saturday open house on January 16, 2016 here at Palatka's historic Union Depot!
April 8, 2015
This day in Putnam County
In 1887, railroads in Putnam County and their assessed value were:
St. Johns and Halifax River, main track, 4 miles, $1,200.
Palatka and Indian River, main track, 25.17 miles, $1,511.02, side track 1.5 miles, $1,750.
Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West, main track 15 miles, $105,000. Side track, .5 miles, $1,750.
Florida Southern, main track, 28.79 miles, $143,000, side track, 2.5 miles, $6,250.
The museum is open daily while the Ride Solution bus station is open.
The museum and model railroad layouts are open on the First Sunday and Third Saturday of each month from 1pm to 4pm. Please see our calendar for more information about happenings!
Drop us a note here
Palatka Railroad Preservation Society
222 North 11th Street
Palatka, Fl. 32177