Model Train Day at the Depot August 17th

Mark your calendars for August 17 for our Model Train Day at the Spartanburg Depot. From 10 am to 3 pm we will have a variety of model trains to watch, and some to operate. There will be an N-Scale modular layout, an O-Gauge Lionel layout featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, a display from the Central Model Railroad and Historical Society, Model Trains Station, located in the Taylors Mill will be present, the Palmetto Division of the National Model Railroad Association will have a display, and more. Operation Lifesaver will be present with literature and handouts related to railroad safety. Our two local book authors, John Thomas Fowler and Wilson Casey will be on hand to discuss their railroad oriented books. Learn about the last train robbery in the US and about Spartanburg’s folk legend, Trotting Sally, who raced the Carolina Special, and won! We will have drinks and snacks available and the Museum and gift shop will be open. As always, admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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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 dwinans4739@charter.net for more information about the CRHA.

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

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