Hub City Railroad Museum

The Museum is located in the historic Southern Railway Spartanburg Union Depot at 298 Magnolia Street. Take a step back into history and learn about how the railroads were connected to the textile and peach industries in SC. Learn about the development of railroading in Spartanburg and the Upstate of SC. Check out the display about the Hayne Car Shops that once employed 1,100 to maintain Southern Railway’s fleet of railroad cars. Learn to become a telegrapher with the operating telegraph system. Ring the 1940 locomotive bell. Visit the gift shop for railroad themed items. The Southern Railway Caboose has undergone a major renovation and is now open to the public, and the trackside observation deck is available for you to view the Norfolk Southern trains that pass by the depot. Located in the Museum is a dispatcher-like ATCS display of train locations along the NS, in real time. The gift shop in the Caboose has model train items, while in the Museum we have tee shirts, books and other items for sale. The inventory changes periodically, as we receive donations of various scale model trains.

Hub City Caboose Restoration Continues

The Restored Southern Railway Caboose number X-3115 is continuing.  It has undergone a major renovation that took much longer than we originally anticipated.  As we began the repairs of several roof repairs we were aware of, we have uncovered a number of other repairs that are needed. This include the replacement of the window frames and some structural and electrical work. Although we are not 100% complete, the caboose is currently open to the public.  We are hopeful that the Caboose exterior will be repainted this spring.  Our grand reopening will be on May 14th during our Train Day Festival.  Please visit the Caboose and Museum from 10 to 2 on Wednesdays and Saturdays 

The Hub City Railroad Museum tells the uniquely important role Southern Railway and others played in Spartanburg's history. The caboose is a vital part of our mission. Restoration of the caboose will lead to many years of happy memories and celebrating the history of railroads in the Hub City.

Your donations will be greatly appreciated and will be used in a judicious way to repair and improve the caboose. If you'd like to help financially, please mail a check to:
2123 Old Spartanburg Rd, suite #129, Greer, SC 29650

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live!

 

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live from the Hub City RR Museum in Spartanburg.

The Virtual Railfan cameras were installed on Tuesday, July 6th at the Hub City Railroad Museum. There is one camera looking north and one looking south. The Hub City RR Museum wants to thank the City of Spartanburg for allowing us to install the cameras, and to Virtual Railfan for the install. We have already seen over 300 railfans at one time watching the video feed.
Links to live feeds: [North Camera feed] [South Camera feed]

Carolina Railroad Heritage Association

CRHA LogoThe Carolina Railroad Heritage Association is a <501(c)(3)> not for profit local association of approximately eighty members who enjoy railroads and railroad history. The CRHA is currently meeting the third Friday of each month in Fountain Inn, 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 protected] for more information about the CRHA.

For membership, please download and print the membership application and follow the instructions.

Contact Bruce or Dave for access to the Newsletter archive.

WE ARE OPEN!

After a year of being closed, the Hub City Railroad Museum is open again. Come by on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and check out our recently added display about the Pullman Company. We also have a new order of tee shirts that have just arrived.

There are some restrictions in place due to the virus. We will request that you wear a mask if not fully vaccinated and we will be limiting the number of visitors at one time. We will be periodically sanitizing the museum, especially frequently touched items. Your understanding is appreciated.

The caboose is still undergoing a major renovation, but there has be significant progress made. Stop by and peek in to see how the construction is going.