Inaugural Field Trip at Plant City’s Railroad Museum a Success

May 28, 14 Inaugural Field Trip at Plant City’s Railroad Museum a Success

Deanna Hurley, Special Events Manager, 813-763-9133 or

PLANT CITY, FL- On Wednesday May 14, students from the First Baptist Church of Plant City Learning Center visited the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum, housed at Union Station Depot, for the first school field trip since the museum was founded in late 2013.
“When Mr. Willaford donated these items to the City, we wanted to create a place where students can go to learn about the history and importance of railroading in our community,” said City Commissioner Mike Sparkman.
The students visited the three rooms of the museum and toured the caboose in groups, learning about railroading tools, maintenance equipment, and other history. Mr. Robert Willaford explained the different equipment he donated and from where he obtained the pieces. The groups toured the caboose and rang the bell on the locomotive engine. After they toured the museum, the students went across the street to explore the Viewing Platform.
Local train enthusiast Evan Gales and his mother, Susan, were on hand to lead the tours. Evan visited the school the day prior to read books about the railroad to the students. Also present was Dick Elston, a volunteer at the museum.

The students and their teachers surround Robert & Felice Willaford at the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum after their field trip.

The City of Plant City is creating a field trip program for daycares, public and private schools, homeschooling groups as well as retirement communities and any other group who would want to experience all that the Museum has to offer. Interested parties should contact Deanna Hurley, Special Events Manager for the City of Plant City, at 813-659-4200 x 4101 or via email at

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