Old Cabbage Head


Built in 1913 by Baldwin Locomotive
Works of Philadelphia, PA, “Old
Cabbage Head” gets its name from
the shape of its smoke stack.


Because it had a wood burning boiler,
the balloon shaped smoke stack was
needed to catch burning embers that
flew out of the engine. The train was built
for Taylor County Lumber Company in
North Florida and used for hauling timber. 
It is a narrow gauge engine that originally had a wooden cab.  


It stayed in North Florida until its arrival in Manatee County in 1948 at the Manatee Nocatee Crate Mill Company. In 1952, the Crate Mill went out of business and the train was slated for the scrap heap until residents raised $900 for its purchase. For decades, visitors to Bradenton were greeted by Old Cabbage Head with “Welcome to Bradenton” painted on the tender car. In 2002 it was moved to Manatee Village Historical Park and reconditioned.


While visiting Old Cabbage Head, please do not cross barriers. Visiting with energetic little ones who need to “blow off some steam”? See the map to find Junior Junction, our train–themed playground (7).

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Old Cabbage Head, built in 1913