Central Railroad Museum
The museum, located in downtown Central, serves as a fitting tribute to a town with a railroad heritage so rich, it got its name because of its location on the halfway point of the railroad between Atlanta and Charlotte. Central's railroad history is on display and the museum devotes much of its space to a large dual-level HO scale layout recreating railroading in the western Carolinas and Georgia in the late 1950s – an era of transition from steam to diesel locomotion. Trains run along a main line through urban rail yards, small towns, mill villages and mountain scenery. There's even a narrow gauge logging railway recalling the many miles of track laid to haul timber from mountain forests to local sawmills.
The Heritage Rooms of the museum features vintage S scale model trains pulled by locomotives puffing real smoke, while passing over trestles and running by several working trackside models. A Lionel layout is currently under development.
Lining the museum's walls are photos, maps, timetables and other railroad memorabilia.
The Central Railway Museum is the creation of the Central Railway Model and Historical Association, Inc. (CRM&HA) and the Town of Central, S.C., and was one of nine winners out of 39 entries from towns and cities in South Carolina to receive the 2011 Achievement Award by the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
The facility is owned by the Town of Central and is leased to CRM&HA, Inc. The museum was made possible by thousands of hours of interior renovations by members – constructing framework, track laying, wiring and creating scenery. Dan Marett, president of the association, said the museum relies totally on volunteers to maintain and operate the train layouts.
The Central Railway Museum is located at 108 Werner Street in downtown Central, directly behind Pancho's Mexican Restaurant on Main Street (S.C. Hwy 93) and adjacent to First Citizens Bank. For details about the museum, visit their website at www.crmha.org.
The members of CRM&HA, Inc. meet at the museum regularly on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for working sessions, and meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the museum. For details, contact [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].
- 108 Werner St.
Central, SC 29630
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