Welcome to the web site of the
Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving railroad heritage.
Updated August 28th, 2014
Located in Pasco County, Florida in Crews 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 2nd 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, Lachooche, 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 are 2 club locomotives 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 727-267-7161 and leave a message.
A BRIEF TOUR OF OUR RAILROAD
DETOUR MAP TO PARK
DIRECTIONS: FROM THE EAST ON 52, GO PAST SHADY HILLS ROAD GO UNDER SUNCOAST PARKWAY AND WATCH FOR DETOUR SIGNS TO MAKE A RIGHT ONTO HAYS ROAD. FOLLOW DETOUR SIGNS TO SHADY HILLS ROAD AND MAKE A RIGHT, PASS UNDER THE SUNCOAST PARKWAY AND MAKE THE FIRST LEFT ON TO LENWAY TO THE PARK.
FROM THE WEST, TURN LEFT ON TO HAYS RD ANDFOLLOW THE ABOVE DIRECTIONS.
Next Public Run Day, August 9th, 10am - 3pm
Following Month September 13th
Come ride the rails of the Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad
on September 13th, 2014 at
The Third Annual Crews Lake Park Appreciation Day!
CP&GRR proudly sponsors this event, giving back to the community and especially to Crews Lake Park.
The day will be filled with fun and excitement.
The railroad will be providing rides to the public from 10am to 4pm.
We are requesting a $5.00 donation per person
with no family donating more than $20.00
All proceeds will go to Crews Lake Park
and the continuing renovation of the boat ramp parking area into R/V spaces.
At noon, we will be having a short recognition program.
We will also have a Lady Bug Release. Over 40,000 Lady Bugs will be released into the park.
The Sheriff’s Office will also be represented by Mc Gruff the Crime Dog.
The Sheriff's DNA unit will be on hand as well passing out free DNA kits to all parents.
Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be available.
Please FORWARD this information to anyone you feel might be interested in becoming involved.
2014 EASTER EGG HUNT
"WOODCHUCK" CHUCK CARROL'S CREATION OF A BBQ / SMOKER
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
Be sure to check our Honor Roll page for those companies which have donated time and/or materials to the construction of the railroad.
WALL OF FAME
Previous Birthday Slide Shows
What is a Birthday Train?
You can schedule a slot that will include use of the railroads station, including the station picnic area or the park shelter, for 4 hours and 2 hours use of a private train and crew for train rides.
You can click here to open a printable copy of this form and email Bob at email@example.com
MIKE VENIZA'S NEW LOW NOSE SD-9
MIKE HAS JUST DONATED HIS ENGINE
TO OUR CLUB
IT WAS AN EARLY MERRY CHRISTMAS
FOR OUR CLUB
A TOTAL OF 4700' PLANNED
PHASE ONE STARTS
CHRISTMAS PHOTOS 2013
THANK YOU EMILIE FOR DECORATING ALL OF OUR ENGINES FOR CHRISTMAS
NEW BIRTHDAY WALL DONATED BY
RONNIE AND BILL DONATI
BACK YARD PRODUCTIONS SINGING AT THE PARK
COMING IN FEBRUARY
FLS MEET and REGIONAL CONVENTION
Hosted by Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad
2013 Fall Mini Meet
The Rocky River Goose chases Chuck Hackett's 844 at Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad on November 3, 2013
By Bill Matson
NEW TROLLY BARN GETTING IT'S FINAL TOUCHES BEFORE COMPLETION
Recreational Vechicle Electrical Plugs Are Being Installed On Five Sites That Have Been Donated by Central Pasco And Gulf Railroad
Work Sessions - Saturday's from 8 AM to 4 PM weekly.
Be advised, due to insurance requirements, we cannot give rides
to pregnant women.
Actual GPS Graphic of map & superimposed over Google map by Dan Toll
The following image shows the portion of track operational.
TARRYTOWN SIDING COMPLEATED
2nd Annual Corn Roast
More Photo's of RailRoad Progress
New Tarrytown bypass track east of Lachoochee
New Paver Deck Donated by Frank Milano
Toll Yard Added Six New Tracks
February FLS meet at Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad
February 13, visitors started arriving
Click on any image below for a larger picture
Photo's of RailRoad Progress
January 19, new steaming bays are completed and millings added to it and old bays. Below, progress made on new storage yard.
January 12, right the new steaming bays are going up. Below the approach to the new TOLL YARD gets balast and the ladder begins to take shape.
December 1, left another switch completed for new Toll yard. Below our yard tower's exterior is completed and stairs get a test.
November 24, right you will see area ready for new steaming bays. Below a couple of shots of the Sanford Yard tower under construction.
November 3, new ballast bin is completed. Screen over pile is to keep those pesky pine needles out of the ballast.
Here you see more prep work done on new steaming bays. Posts were installed for retaining walls.
Here our switch crew make some track adjustments at south end of Sanford yard.
October 20, right see the preparation work being done to enable erecting six new steaming bays.
These photo's show the six trains being used for our annual Halloween runs getting staged and prepared for the evenings run.
See more recent Photos in Photo Album
The CP&G is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about railroad safety and history. Please contribute and support the railroad. Your support will benefit future generations of railroad enthusiasts.
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