Our goal has been to provide the public with a historical outlook to the reasons America’s railroads played such an important part to the region’s development. The development of the South Florida area is predicated upon the railroad, both in population growth and industrial needs of raw materials. We do our best to represent these points using artifacts and railroadiana displays.
Our organization has been in existence since 1994. We are extremely fortunate to be associated with the Deerfield Historical Society. We offer both history through our displays and explanations of the past and we offer model railroading in the form of two operating layouts.
We are active in other areas as well, including presenting swap meets of model railroad equipment and railroadiana, and assisting in the sale of collections and estates. Our collection of historic artifacts is constantly growing, and donations are always welcome.
Our membership is varied, and eclectic, from 40-hour workweek members to members where every day is Saturday, to include the proverbial snowbird. From mechanical engineers, programmers, medical personnel, to junior members in High School. We all learn from one another.
Membership requirements of the museum are minimal; you need not have any desire to participate in the construction or any other facet of the Museum, but you can always feel free to participate in what manner suits your needs. Although we encourage all of our members to learn a new skill or research a new project. It keeps you young! We encourage you to visit the museum and meet current members to learn more about us.
The museum holds membership with the Deerfield Beach Historical Society, Florida East Coast Railway Society, ACL/SCL Historical Society, and the National Model Railroad Association.
We are qualified to instruct the public in the “Operation Lifesaver” program, to make people aware of our rail crossings and how they can make them safer.
Our Board Members
Richard Berger – Secretary
Richard is a new member, we picked him up off the freight deck, well not picked up literally, but from the
freight deck. Richard attended the Meet & Greet presentation by ScaleTrains last year and he didn’t
leave. An avid ‘N’ scale modeler, he has taken the lead in the operations and improvements of the ‘N’
layout. Also, as a side task, he took the position of secretary. His character of “Can do” will keep the layout
and the museum moving forward, plus via the minutes we will know what we did.
Stuart Aaron – Director
Stuart remains in the position as a director, but shy of keeping track of our actions. This is a plus for him,
now he can concentrate on this expertise as a walking encyclopedia of historic railroad knowledge, and of
Sandra Feldman – Treasurer
Sandra remains our treasurer, fortunately! She has moved the organization into a position of modernity.
She continues to have new ideas for maintaining our assets, balancing the books, and again keeping
everyone on their financial toes. Her organizational skills have drifted to others as her assistants in waiting,
she is still that driving force.
Bill Steffen – Vice President
He’s back, he took some time off and returned, although he isn’t handling money anymore. Obviously, he
likes it here! Bill is the most senior in membership, not age, but membership, over 25 years in the
organization, his knowledge of the place is drawn upon daily. He has been the VP before, about a decade
ago, so he is no stranger to the position.
Bob Leonard – President
As was said last year, another year overseeing the success of the museum generated by the members of
the museum. It is an easy position to be in when the organization supports your efforts and assists in
those efforts. He still believes the lead position is the easiest of the bunch.
Alan Chesler – Consiglieri
Although he remains invisible, he remains as a sounding board for his outlook and logic. His efforts are
appreciated by the board and as was written last year! His perseverance and foresight have given the
museum a positive standing within our community (both local and hobby) and guides the organization in