The History of Railroads in Hernando County Florida and Neighboring Counties,

by Suzanne Touchton

The name, “Brooksville Short” was the locals nickname for the train as it traveled the ten miles from the main railroad line near the Withlacoochee River to the town and back each day. It is part local history and part railroad history. It serves as an introduction to a few railroads along Florida’s Gulf Coast and as a guide to the “Brooksville Short” and the 1885 Russell Street depot museum. There are pictures, maps, and charts from the history of the trains and depot. A complete index helps a reader find information. This book can be read and enjoyed by anyone interested railroads or local history.

Suzanne L. Touchton, the author, has been a volunteer at the Brooksville 1885 Train Depot museum for many years. Her knowledge of history has earned her the title of Historian for the museum association.  She is currently working on another historical book for the museum association.