Palatka - Palatka Railroad Preservation Society

222 North 11th Street

About Us:

We began in 1993 as an informal organization of people interested in railroading. The City of Palatka promoted the establishment of an organization and provided the use of the Palatka Railroad Depot. The historic A.C.L. Union Depot, as it is also known, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Society is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the rail heritage of Palatka, Florida and surrounding communities, from the first railway in the 1800's to the present. The Society's purpose is to encourage and engage in the collection, cataloging, restoration, maintenance and display of materials, artifacts and documents relating to this heritage; to promote knowledge and understanding among Society members and the community; and to promote a mutually beneficial relationship among it's members.

A portion of the historic depot has already been established as the David Browning Railroad Museum and contains documents, photographs, maps, signs and other items donated or loaned by the public.

One 25'X30' room has been set aside for the construction of a model train layout depicting Palatka and surrounding areas during the heyday of rail traffic.

The South portion of the depot houses "Railrodeo", created by Irvin P. Saylor. It was billed as the "World's largest mobile HO scale model railroad" when it began touring the East Coast in 1975.

Railroad lines that preceded CSX are: Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West; St. Augustine & Palatka; Oklawaha Valley (Ocala Northern); Florida Southern; Georgia, Southern & Florida; Atlantic Coast Line; Florida East Coast; Seaboard Coast Line and Family Lines. Amtrak also leases trackage from CSX and has scheduled stops at the Palatka Depot.


Marcio Novaes

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
A wonderful quaint station. If you board at night and are the only boarding passenger, do not wait alone. Very dark and many vagrants around. However, the Amtrak staff is always on point knowing who to expect and showed me right to my roomette. Much better deal than first class flights and more fun! The station is pleasant and old fashioned, nice during the day. Too bad the parking spaces don't allow view of where you board, and path to parking spaces is not lit so thankfully my husband was there to wait with me!

Head South

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Trains are late, business class is 2 inch's larger than coach, way more stops than acknowledged. The old man, mumbling pornographic obscenities was an amusing break in the constant updates for delay. Amtrak wants travelers but won't spend their nonexistent profits to update the waiting area's.

Melinda Silverthorn

Sunday, June 25, 2017
My husband lovesss trains & is a hugeee collector! We just happen to see this place while driving by- We made some great pics outside!

Andrew Miller

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
Gorgeous old station. Train stops just long enough to drop off and pick up passengers before moving along. If you have the chance, go inside and see some of the stuff on display.

Dewman 45

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Palatka Union Station built in 1911 still in service as a Amtrak stop with 4 trains a day and all so has local bus services called Ride Solution's, and a railroad museum.