A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving railroad heritage.
Located in Pasco County, Florida in Crew’s Lake County Park the CP&G, is a 7 ½ inch gauge “riding” railroad that is great fun for all ages. Since 2006 the volunteer membership has installed about 8500 feet of track including yards and sidings.
Operating on donations only, the club rides the public on the 2 nd Saturday of each month and provides birthday trains. Special events on Halloween and Christmas are very popular.
The CP&G is modeled after the Orange Belt Railroad that ran through the area in the late 1800’s. Station names like Trilby, Lacoochee, Macon and Lenard are located along the track as they did over 100 years ago on the original Orange Belt. A museum has just been opened in the park to remember the Orange Belt Railroad. The gathering of items to display is in progress.
Anyone can join for a modest membership fee and learn how to build a scale model railroad along with learning to become Conductor and Engineer. There is a certification program in place stressing education and safety. While most locomotives are privately owned there is a “club” locomotive for the membership to operate. Membership classes and an application can be found on the Membership page.
Public speakers for local railroad safety and educational programs are available.
Several times per year the CP&G hosts 7 ½ inch gauge railroad meets where hobbyists travel from all over the country bringing their trains to show and operate on the track. It’s a beautiful ride through the forest from Sanford yard to Dade City station and will last about 20 minutes round trip. Visitors and new members are welcome.
For further information about the railroad, membership, donations, birthday trains or any other questions you can call 727-569-2289 and leave a message.