A Postcard from…Naples

March 16, 2015

USA

naples postcard

Dear Jenni

I know how much you love unusual museums and we just visited the perfect one in Naples, Florida. The Naples Train Museum is the model train enthusiasts’ dream, whatever your age. There are ten trains running around a fabulous scale landscape featuring gorgeous little touches such as a lumber yard and a drive-in movie theatre. By pressing buttons on the front of the display you can control the action. It is air conditioned, which is a bonus in the height of the season, and we spent almost two hours there. It is run by volunteers and the chap working the day we visited let Noah man the control tower with him as it was fairly quiet.

There is also an outdoor larger scale model train you can ride on, pulled by either a steam or diesel locomotive and two real vintage train carriages to explore including a 1909 Atlantic Line Caboose and a 1947 Club car. The Train Museum is housed in Naples’ restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station and the rest of the building houses the Naples Depot Museum which takes you on a journey back to the railway boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast and seemingly impenetrable frontier. If you are ever in Naples, you should definitely visit!

Melanie


Melanie is a British expat living in Copenhagen with her husband and 5 year old son, and writes a wonderful blog over at Dejlige Days – a “celebration of all the things I love about living in Denmark with a few other things thrown in”. If you too would like to send me a postcard about a favourite museum, please get in touch!

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