Bobby S wrote:Does anyone know the address of the old FEC Miami station? Looking at a map of where I will be staying in Miami it seems like it was near there, somewhere. Are there any remnants left of it?
If you look at old pictures of the Florida East Coast passenger station in
Miami, you will see that the courthouse was very close. The courthouse is
still there. To find the location, take the Metro-Rail system to Government
Center Station and the courthouse is at that location. Walk a bit to the
north and you will find some remains of old track in the pavement at
various locations. A little bit farther north and you will come to a piece of
existing trackage leading to the port of Miami which is accessed by a
drawbridge. The last I knew, this track was still sort of active in that it
still has crossing protection and the gate houses still had pilot lights lit on
them. The track itself is very badly rusted and it has not had a movement
for quite some time. I suspect this portion of the line is being kept at
least in a servicable status just in case.
As for the station, itself, there is basically not a trace remaining. It is now
mostly a parking area.
It is possible that the FEC is holding onto this property just in case someone in government decides that this could be a vital part of a
commuter line into downtown Miami.
Miami Avenue and Flagler Street is the crossroads of downtown Miami, the
old station site is a couple of blocks north of Flagler and a block west of
North Miami Avenue.
Hope this will help you find the spot. Enjoy your explorations.