This project has been a labor of love for Lynn Voit. Although she doesn’t have any formal ties to Crane Point Museum, she does have tons of panache and a love for Marathon. 

“It’s a landmark everyone in Marathon can be proud of,” Voit said. “And everyone has had so much fun transforming this vision to fruition.”

Voit and Crane Point Museum’s Charlotte Quinn hatched a plan to transform the vintage train car’s presence on U.S.1 to highlight the attraction’s entrance — landscaping, a new coat of paint, dramatic lighting. 

“Sometimes angels come out of the woodwork, and Lynn is one of them,” said Quinn. 

For many years, the train car was located on Pigeon Key. In December of 2018, it was relocated to its current location which is in the exact same spot of Marathon’s original train station, circa 1908. 

Voit found many professionals that shared her passion for the project who discounted or donated their services to the non-profit museum. That included O.R. Painting owner Oscar Rodriguez, who is a Henry Flagler buff; landscaper Mike Dworniczak, who installed the planters and paintings with the help of Jorge and Howdy; Alex Perez of Alex Landscaping and Lawn Service with the help of Corey Qualls, who supplied the trees, boulders and soil; Makale of Sherwin-Williams, who sold the paint at cost and is also a Henry Flagler aficionado; and Charlie Brown and his team from Arlington Electric, who designed a dramatic light installation.  

The train car will serve as museum office space and a boardroom.

Sara Matthis thinks community journalism is important, but not serious; likes weird and wonderful children (she has two); and occasionally tortures herself with sprint-distance triathlons, but only if she has a good chance of beating her sister.