Flat River & Southern

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The Flat River & Southern was a commercial 7-1/2" railroad in North Palm Beach, Florida. It was owned and operated by Ed Pruitt.

History

The Flat River and Southern Railroad was built about 1970. It was one of the first 1-1/2" scale railroads to operate as a commercial venture. It was one of the most renowned railroads in Florida, and is mentioned prominently in the book Large-scale Model Railroading by T.A. Hill and W. C. Koster which was published in the mid 1970's.

The FR&S was featured in the 1972 catalog of Koster's Miniature Railroad Supplies:

The Flat River & Southern is located in North Palm Beach, Florida, built to 1-1/2" scale is open to the public. Ed Pruitt is the owner and welcomes visits by Live Steamers.

The FR&S operated for just under 3 years before it closed. The assets of the railroad were sold at auction.

The Doolittle, Seemore & Nap railroad was built on the same property in the mid 1980's, over a decade after the original FR&S closed.

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