The museum, is located in the historic Southern Railway Spartanburg Union Depot and has displays covering the history of the textile and peach industries, the development of railroading in Spartanburg, the Hayne yard and car repair shops which once employed 1,100 to maintain the Southern Railway’s fleet of railroad cars. Learn to become a telegrapher with the operating telegraph system. Ring the 1940’s locomotive bell. Check out the gift shop for railroad themed items. Visit our restored Southern Railway caboose alongside the Norfolk Southern Railroad mainline tracks. View trains from the trackside observation deck. Enjoy the original paint scheme as applied by the Spartanburg Hayne railroad shops, where this caboose was built in 1947. Inside watch historic railroad videos in the video theatre; view the HO model railroad layout, depicting life in the South in the 1950s; view the dispatcher like ATCS display of train locations along the NS, in real-time. See the 1904 coal burning stove and sit in an original caboose chair as used by the conductor and brakeman to watch over their train.
The Carolina Railroad Heritage Association is a not for profit local association of approximately eighty members who enjoy railroads and railroad history. The CRHA meets the third Friday of each month in Greer, SC at 7:00 pm. Programs at the meetings include presentations on historical and current railroads and are presented by members as well as outside speakers. Our activities include a photo contest, occasional field trips to local railroad sites, picnics and a December pot luck dinner. CRHA members volunteer at our museum and caboose in Spartanburg, SC. If you have an interest in railroads, contact Dave Winans at email@example.com for more information about the CRHA.
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