The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society Mineral Valley Railroad

 

On an early evening in Plant City, Florida, a fresh load of watermelons have just arrived.  The scene is one of many depicting times and places in Florida.  The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society's HO scale Mineral Valley Railroad is located in the 1914 Plant City High School building.  Modeling by various club members.  Photography by Greg Komar.

The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society began developing their sites in the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center in January 1985.  Since that time the club has developed a museum, a library, three model layouts, restored two classrooms, and helped develop and maintain a museum at the Historical Depot Visitor’s Center in downtown Plant City.  The club also hosts a number of tours through out the year to the layouts and museum for school children, civic groups, and other railroad groups upon request.

We hope you will visit our operating layouts in O-27, HO, G and N Scale.

The HO layout has two features.  The first part of the layout depicts Plant City as it appeared in the years 1900-1910.  The layout is modeled with proper autos and buildings.  Most of the buildings were scratched built from photos provided from the archives of the East Hillsborough Historical Society.  The second part of the HO layout depicts our own Mineral Valley Railroad, which is a bridge railroad.

 The Award winning N Scale modular layout depicts a freelance railroad depicting railroads operating in the East Coast of the United States.  Our HO layout depicts Plant City from 1900-1910 and our “home railroad” Mineral Valley.  The 0-27 layout depicts a department store layout of the 50’s and G Gauge layout provides scenery of the Western United States.

The club’s museum will also be open during the tour.  In the museum you will find over 1500 artifacts of railroad memorabilia that has been contributed to the club or preservation of nation’s railroad heritage.

We encourage you to visit the Historic Depot Visitor’s Center 3 blocks South of the club.  At the depot visitors can learn in detail about Henry B. Plant (for whom the city was named in 1885), Florida’s railroads, and other interesting railroad facts.  The depot also contains a replica ticket/telegraph office depicting the 1900-1950 era of railroading in America.