Rescheduling of the May 11 Train Day at the Depot

As you may know the May 11 Train Day at the Depot was cancelled due to the rain forecast for that Saturday Morning.  We were disappointed that we had to cancel, but we felt that the safety and comfort of our participants and the visiting public was important. We are in the process or rescheduling the event, however due to many participants who have previous commitments, we will be holding the festival over several Saturdays this summer.

June 29th:

Watauga Valley Whistle TruckThe Watauga Valley Whistle Truck will be at the museum on June 29th, 10 AM to 3 PM.
This truck is a self-contained trailer featuring a collection of unique, historically-significant whistles from the steam locomotive era and the means to blow them.
Steam locomotive whistles, more resonant and musical than modern, electronic horns, were audibly distinct. The "Whistle Truck" offers an opportunity to everyone of all ages to thrill to this bygone, haunting sound and, perhaps, create their own "signature" whistle sound.
The whistles safely use air from a compressor and surge tank. There is no steam involved in the operation. The collection includes vintage steam whistles from railroads such as the N&W, SOUTHERN, CB&Q and WESTERN MARYLAND and an accurate replica of the famous "Casey Jones" whistle. Historically significant in the collection as well are air (diesel) horns from CSX, N&W and VIRGINIAN and various caboose (signal) whistles.
The Whistles and horns may be as loud as a passing train horn. A limited supply of ear plugs will be available for those who need them.
If you own an antique steam whistle, bring it on June 29th and we will see if it can be connected and operated by the Watauga Valley Whistle Truck.

July 20th:

Trackless TrainThe bounce house, inflatable crawl through train and the trackless train ride we had scheduled for May 11th will be at the Hub City RR Museum on July 20th form 10 am to 3 pm. These amusements are free of charge. In addition, the Aspen Shaved Ice Trailer will also be present, with their frozen confection that was a big hit at last year's Train Day Event. The Daily Basics Restaurant, located in the Baber Rhyne building, will have their kid oriented menu available for this event. We are currently working with other participants to see if they may be able to join us on July 20th. Please check back frequently for updates in the near future.

Help our Hub City Caboose

Our historic Southern Railway caboose, built in the Hub City of Spartanburg in 1947 needs a little maintenance.  After 71 years of various uses, the roof and windows and walls could use a facelift. 

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.

Please [click here] to contribute on our GoFundMe page.

Your donations will be greatly appreciated and will be used in a judicious way to repair and improve the caboose.

Caboose Renovation Work

Caboose renovationThe Restored Southern Railway Caboose number X-3115 is currently closed to the public. It is undergoing a major renovation that is expected to take several months to complete. 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. The exact completion date is not currently able to be predicted, but we will keep you posted with periodic updates on our progress. Our gift shop has been relocated to the lobby of the Museum in the Depot. Please visit the Museum from 10 to 2 on Wednesdays and Saturdays while the Caboose is being repaired. Thank you for your understanding. We would love to have you visit our GoFundMe site to help with the renovation costs.

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 is currently undergoing a major renovation and is currently closed to the public, however the trackside observation deck is still 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 has been temporarily relocated into the Museum lobby and has a number of HO scale models for sale. The inventory changes periodically, as we receive donations of various scale model trains.

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 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 for more information about the CRHA.

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

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