"Engineer" Jim

"Engineer" Jim

"Engineer” Jim, aka Jim Zientara, would like to introduce you to the best kept secret in Manatee County. The Florida Railroad Museum. Please visit www.frrm.org for events and schedules.

The Florida Railroad Museum, Inc., a tax-exempt 501c(3) organization, was founded to preserve Florida’s railroad history. The Museum has acquired and restored rolling stock since 1982 and carried 54,000 riders in 2015. Special events include attempted cowboy train robberies by the Hole-In-The-Head Gang dressed in the 1880’s. You can even drive a locomotive, have a birthday party on a caboose, take the North Pole Express to the North Pole, see Thomas the Tank Engine, or enjoy the Murder Mystery Dinner Train! To achieve its goal, the Museum operates on a six mile line in Parrish, Florida, in east Manatee County. This railroad line was the first track laid in Manatee County in 1903. Each weekend, diesel locomotives run excursions lasting about 1 1/2 hours. With only a few paid employees, the Museum is operated by volunteers. Become an annual member and buy tickets in advance online before they are gone.

The Museum is open and operates train rides most every Saturday and Sunday, usually at 11:00AM and 2:00PM. Trains depart from our station at 12210 83rd St E, Parrish, FL 34219. At Exit 224 on I-75, follow US 301 eastbound about 7 miles. For further information, call the Museum at (941) 776-0906 or visit www.frrm.org and see the many special events for the young of age and for the young of heart.

“Engineer” Jim is available for a 20-minute presentation to your group or organization. To arrange a free speaking engagement or to get a description of the many fun events, please email “Engineer” Jim at engineerjim73@gmail.com.

Raymond James is not affiliated with the Florida Railroad Museum Inc.