Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit the Museum

Saturday, December 21st from 11am 'til 1pm

Mr. and Mrs. Santa ClausIf your child has a last minute item to add to their Christmas list you can come and see Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at the Hub City Railroad Museum.

You can also see artifacts of area railroading, learn about the importance of the Southern Railway Hayne shops and the peach industry from Spartanburg. Our new display on the inventors of South Carolina shows patents from the 1840s to the 1960s.

Our Advanced Train Control System (ATCS) computer display shows Norfolk Southern train locations in real time.

The Southern Railway caboose #X3115 remains under restoration and is closed to the public. It will reopen soon!

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 [email protected] for more information about the CRHA.

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

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