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 recreates railroading in the western Carolinas and Georgia during the 1950s - an era of transition from steam to diesel. Trestles and tunnels add the interest level, as does a narrow-gauge logging railroad.
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 - photo © Ed Welch, 2009
Visiting the Museum
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The heritage layout and upper level of the HO layout are up and running. 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.
The museum features a dual-level layout. At top, a logging train passes over a trestle on the narrow gauge logging railroad. A diesel locomotive pulls a train below on the HO track.
A steam locomotive pulls a train across the giant HO layout.
Vintage S Gauges trains run through the American Flyer layout in the Heritage Room.
Morse code key, Victorian-era stereogram and other railroadiana beside the museum entrance.
Photos tell the story of Central, S.C. And its close ties to the railroad.
The Heritage Room, where a beautiful American Flyer layout recalls a fun era in model railroading.
More Railway Museum Photos
Click here to see a photo archive of the museum under development.