Monticello Railway Museum

The Gulfport was one of two cars built for the first lightweight Panama Limited in 1942 and is the only one to survive to this day. Illinois Central sold the Gulfport in 1968 and it became a fishing cabin of sorts beside Bee Lake in Mississippi.

Another view of the Gulfport fishing cabin.

In 2006 the Gulfport was moved via road to Monticello. Here the mover is getting ready to jack the car up and set his dollies for the move.

Out on the road after a lot of trouble to get it this far.

Getting ready for high iron (in this case the Interstate).

No we're not going the wrong way, just following the directed truck route.

At Monticello, getting ready to swap the rubber wheels for steel ones.

Another view of the transfer process.

The end result (for now) with trucks under car again.


The Monticello Railway Museum depends upon many sources of income to acquire, restore, maintain and operate the museum and we welcome donations. Donors help fund and facilitate many projects at the museum and provide income above and beyond train tickets, gift shop sales and membership dues.

While our volunteers perform the majority of the required labor for restorations at the museum, the need for money to purchase materials and equipment is increasing. Now that work on steam locomotive #401 is complete, the amount of consumable shop materials used is increasing. For example: acetylene and oxygen for the cutting torch; drill bits and cutting tools for the machine shop; grinding wheels and wire wheels for metal preparation and LP gas for heat to allow our volunteers to work during the winter are costing several-hundred dollars each month.

A gift donation towards restoration work would be greatly appreciated. In addition, thoughtful family members, in your name, can make a donation to the museum.

Either way, your donation is appreciated and contributes to our overall financial security and will help us collectively facilitate much needed improvements at the museum. As a reminder, the Monticello Railway Museum is a registered 501 (C 3) not for profit organization and all donations to the museum are tax deductible. All donors to the museum will receive a letter acknowledging the donation.