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Open House This Saturday At Historic Lloyd Train Depot

Old brick building sits behind train tracks.
Gulf Wind Chapter National Railway Historical Society
used with permission
The Lloyd depot as seen from the tracks of what is now the Gulf & Atlantic Railroad

One of Florida's oldest railroad stations is in the tiny Jefferson County town of Lloyd just east of Tallahassee. The group that's been working for years to restore the building is holding an open house this weekend.

The Lloyd depot dates to 1858, when the town was a bustling agricultural center. Almost all of that produce wound up at the depot where it was loaded onto trains bound for Jacksonville or Pensacola. In more recent years, the structure was taken over by the Gulf Winds Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Pat Gray is the group's immediate past president and is ready for Saturday's event from 10 until 2.

"Welcome to our open house. Free tours, free hot dogs, take a look at everything we can share with you."

The station's old ticket office is now the site of the town's post office. The local society members have turned the freight side of the station into a railroad museum.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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