Railroads have served the northern counties of Central Florida since before the Civil War. Following the war, railroads expanded down the peninsula to bring transportation services to even more people and places throughout the region. By 1929, the railroad network in the state had reached its peak, with some communities being served by two or more railroad lines. Trains provided the means for growth and development, and the local depot was the focal point of every town throughout Florida’s central region. Stretching across the middle section of the peninsula from coast to coast, the Central Florida area includes Levy, Gilchrist, Alachua, Putnam, and Volusia Counties to the north, while the counties of Sarasota, Desoto, Highland, Osceola, and Brevard define the southern boundary. Featuring depots of the Atlantic Coast Line, Seaboard Air Line, Florida East Coast, and their predecessor railroads, the photographs used by the author were obtained from local historical groups, the Florida State Archives, and private collections.
About the Author
Author Michael Mulligan has worked in the parks and recreation field for the past 30 years. He is a member of the National Railway Historical Society, the Railroad Museum of South Florida, the Florida Railroad Museum, the Atlantic Coast Line, and the Seaboard Air Line Historical Society.
Table of Contents
Atlantic Coast Line and Predecessors 9
Seaboard Air Line Railway and Predecessors 63
Florida East Coast Railway and Predecessors 105
Union Depots with a Bit of Southern and a Dash of Amtrak 115