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The South Carolina Railroad Museum is located just a few miles south of Winnsboro. It is home to a number of railroad cars as well as artifacts and equipment. It was adopted on July 1, 1997.
The South Carolina Railroad Museum's mission is the preservation and interpretation of railroading in South Carolina.
This Corporation is organized and is to be operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, including, but without derogating from the generality of the forgoing:
(a) Collecting and preserving historical data, materials and equipment, pertaining to railroads of all kinds, and wherever situated with special emphasis on those railroads serving the State of South Carolina and the Southeastern United States;
(b) organizing, maintaining, and supporting an operating transportation museum;
(c) teaching the history of this country and the contributions that various modes of transportation have made and are making towards its development, both to members of the Corporation and to the general public;
(d) educating the members of the Corporation and the general public on the subject oft, and future modes of transportation in this country, with special emphasis on railroads.
The South Carolina Railroad Museum, Inc. was established in 1973 by a group of dedicated railroad enthusiasts from the Columbia and Charleston,
South Carolina areas.
In October 1983, the Museum received by way of donation the former Rockton and Rion Railway located in Fairfield County, South Carolina from Martin Marietta Aggregates. Then began the long and difficult process of reconstruction. The Museum named the line the Rockton, Rion, and Western Railroad (RR & W).
Currently, the Museum operates on 3.3 miles of the 11.5 mile line of the former Rockton and Rion Railroad. The eastern terminal of the line is at the junction with the Norfolk Southern Railroad at the Rockton Station. The line runs generally westward through the Rion community to Anderson Quarry, home of the world famous blue granite called the "silk of the trade".
The Museum has accumulated many pieces of rolling stock by way of gift from the Charleston chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The equipment includes various types of freight and passenger cars as well as a steam locomotive #44 which once belonged to the Hampton and Branchville Railroad. More equipment has been acquired including several cabooses, freight cars, and diesel engines from CSX, Norfolk Southern, the Lancaster and Chester, and several other railroads.
Plans call for the construction of a locomotive shop and equipment maintenance area as well as display tracks. Ultimately the Museum plans to have educational train excursions over the entire 11.5 mile route, exhibitions of freight and passenger train operations, static displays of railroad related artifacts, and a library of railroad related publications.
The South Carolina Railroad Museum, Inc. is actively seeking donations of railroad artifacts, equipment and funds (all donations are tax deductible).Membership is open to everyone who desires to assist in the preservation of South Carolina's great railroad heritage. All work performed by the Museum members is strictly voluntary.
The South Carolina Railroad Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is also a member of Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, S.C. Federation of Museums, Confederation of S.C. Local Historical Societies, T.R.A.I.N., National Railway Historical Society, and the Association of Railway Museums.
South Carolina General Assembly
112th Session, 1997-1998
General Appropriations Bill H. 3400 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997
TO AMEND ARTICLE 9, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO STATE EMBLEMS, PLEDGE TO STATE FLAG, AND OFFICIAL OBSERVANCE, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-705 SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE SOUTH CAROLINA RAILROAD MUSEUM IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY AS THE OFFICIAL RAILROAD MUSEUM OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPON THE PAYMENT OF A FEE TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
A. Article 9, Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-705. The South Carolina Railroad Museum in Fairfield County is the official railroad museum of the State of South Carolina, upon the payment of a fee of five dollars to the Secretary of State."
B. This section takes effect on July 1, 1997.
The law designating the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Fairfield County as the official South Carolina state railroad museum is found in the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 1, Chapter 1, Article 9, Section 1-1-705.
Title 1 - Administration of the Government
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 9. STATE EMBLEMS, PLEDGE TO STATE FLAG, OFFICIAL OBSERVANCES
SECTION 1-1-705. Official State railroad museum.
The South Carolina Railroad Museum in Fairfield County is the official railroad museum of the State of South Carolina, upon the payment of a fee of five dollars to the Secretary of State.
HISTORY: 1997 Act No. 155, Part II, Section 60A.