Train Rides in South Carolina
The South Carolina train museum in Winnsboro operates the only scenic train rides in South Carolina. The South Carolina Railroad Museum runs one hour scenic train rides.
The first regularly scheduled passenger service began in 1830 on the Carolina Canel and Railroad Co.
Today, Norfolk Southern services 783 miles of the states 2283 route miles.
South Carolina is served by Amtrak's Crescent, the Silver Star, the Silver Meteor, the "Palmetto and the Auto Train.
The "Best Friend of Charleston," temporarily on loan to Norfolk Southern for display in their Atlanta, GA office building, is a full-sized replica of the 1830 train. The steam engine was constructed from the original plans in 1928 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the "South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company." Southern Railway operated this replica on excursions across the USA. The special railroad cars designed to carry the train between excursions are presently on display at the South Carolina Railroad Museum. The "Best Friend" was donated to the City of Charleston by Norfolk Southern in 1993.
The Best Friend of Charleston Railway Museum contains artifacts, videos and Lionel's limited edition operating model of the Best Friend train.
Railroad Historical Center display's include #19, a 2-8-2 Mikado steam engine along with a sleeper,a dinning car, the "Carolina" office car and a caboose. Admission for the center is free. Directions.
The highlight of the Lanchester & Chester Railroad museum is a scale model train replica of the original 29-mile route of the L & C. Exhibitions include hundreds of photographs depicting the railroad from the beginning to the present, railroad memorabilia, and information on the shortlines of the Palmetto state that have disappeared, and other relative artifacts. The L&C Railway museum offers luxury railcars for private charter to corporations and individuals. Plan your next business trip, employee award, or vacation aboard a rolling 1st Class Hotel.
Hub City Railroad Museum is housed in a Amtrak station between two active CSX tracks. Exhibits tell the story of the rich textile heritage, tremendous agricultural industry, and the sole freight passenger car repair shop, Hayne Shops, of Southern Railway. Also featured are the individual railroads of Southern, Clinchfield, C&WC, P&N and Glenn Springs. Southern X3115 caboose has been recently refurbished.
The South Carolina Railroad museum has a large collection of railroad equipment. This equipment has been acquired over several years from various railroads, industries, historical groups and governmental agencies by way of donation and/or purchase. Railroad equipment includes former Hampton and Branchville Railroad steam locomotive #44. Saturday round trip scenic train rides operate over 5 miles of the 11.5 mile line of the former Rockton and Rion Railroad and last about 1 hour. Private train charters are available anytime during non operating times. Directions.