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Steamboats & Trains Exhibit

Florida’s First Transportation System: Steamboats & Trains exhibit sponsored by the Pine Castle History Committee at the Pine Castle Women’s Club features original paintings by Wayne Hovis. The history exhibit will be on display December 2013 through February 2014.

Painting by Wayne Hovis

The Honorable Thomas Tart and Bill “Boxcar” Leach presented the history of Florida’s First Transportation System: Steamboats & Trains on December 15, 2014 at the center.

Bill Leach and Thomas Tart

Thomas Tart, a fifth generation Floridian, has been selected to receive the University of Florida’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Civil War expert, works diligently to get WWII historic markers placed in our state, and has a legacy of service in Central Florida as vice president and general counsel for Orlando Utilities Commission.

Bill “Boxcar” Leach worked for the railroad in Central Florida for 40 years. He shares his expert knowledge of the history of railroads in Florida from the railroad bonds issued for Civil War debt to Sun Rail and Rails to Trails and the nearly 3,000 miles of right away given back to the State of Florida.

We invite you to listen as Thomas Tart and Bill “Boxcar” Leach tell the history of Florida’s First Transportation System:

LISTEN Part I  (16:04) 

LISTEN Part II  (17:43)

LISTEN Part III  (11:58)

LISTEN Part IV  (16:33)

LISTEN Part V  (18:44)

LISTEN Part VI (10:56)

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Steamboats and Trains History Exhibit
Florida's First Transportation System: Steamboats & Trains exhibit sponsored by the Pine Castle History Committee at the Pine Castle Women's Club....
Thomas Tart
Thomas Tart, a fifth generation Floridian, has been selected to receive the University of Florida's Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Civil...
Bill "Boxcar" Leach and the Honorable Thomas Tart
The Honorable Thomas Tart, right, and Bill "Boxcar" Leach presented the history of Florida's First Transportation System: Steamboats & Trains on D...
Bill Leach and Thomas Tart
Thomas Tart, a fifth generation Floridian, has been selected to receive the University of Florida's Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Civil...
Steamships & Trains - Thomas Tart Part II



Steamships & Trains - Thomas Tart Part III



Steamships & Trains - Bill Leach Part I



Steamships & Trains - Bill Leach Part II



Steamships & Trains - Bill Leach Part III



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