The Central Railway Museum

The Central Railway Museum is a project of CRM&HA, Inc. with strong support from the Town of Central. The museum includes a "heritage" layout in classic toy train scales and a large dual-level HO layout which is currently under construction and partially operable. Future plans also include a garden layout. The facility is owned by the Town of Central and is leased to CRM&HA, Inc. The city conducted exterior renovations and paved the parking lot, while CRM&HA has completely renovated the interior. Over the last year CRM&HA volunteers put over 1400 man-hours into interior renovations, opening up the floor plan and replacing an antiquated electrical system. Construction of layouts has been conducted over the last few months. CRM&HA, Inc. is also meeting regularly in this facility.

--The Central Railway Museum Exterior--

The Central Railway Museum - photo © Ed Welch, 2009

Visiting the Museum

The musuem is open 9AM to noon on the second Saturday of each month. The heritage layout and upper level of the HO layout are up and running, but still very much under construction. Feel free to call ahead if you want make sure that we are there.

The museum is located at 108 Werner St., Central, SC. This is directly behind Pancho's Mexican restaurant on Main Street (Hwy 93).

Use the '-' button and zoom out to find Central, SC.

Photos

Central Railway Museum photo update from Nov. 2010

Over the past few months, much progress has been made on the HO layout. Railroad memorabilia is also prominently on display. Landscaping, trees and structures of all kinds give a realistic feel of Upstate life in the 1950s. Trestles and tunnels add the interest level, as does a narrow-gauge logging railroad, which is taking shape. Here are a few photos updating the museum's progress.

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A railroad crossing signal now graces the outside of the museum at the parking area.

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Morse code key, Victorian-era stereogram and other railroadiana beside the museum entrance.

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Photos tell the story of Central, S.C. And its close ties to the railroad.

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The Heritage Room, where a beautiful S-gauge railroad recalls a fun era in model railroading.

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Running a freight train on the lower level.

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Work progresses on the Brevard, N.C., portion of the railroad.

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Industries begin to line the tracks.

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Spectacular wooden trestle.

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Urban scene along the line.

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Freight train rounds a corner.

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Steel truss bridge crosses near a lakeside cabin.

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A rail yard along the line.

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An old pickup truck approaches the crossing along an unpaved country road.

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Relaxing by the lake.

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A sawmill along the line.

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Trees and brush frame a mountain view.

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Another view of the tall trestle.

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Donald Rumer works on scenery.

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Another industry along the line.

More Railway Museum Photos

Click here to see a photo archive of the museum under development.