Railroad museum transitioning

First Posted: 1:52 pm - December 4th, 2015

By James Inabinet - jinabinet@civitasmedia.com

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WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce held its monthly breakfast at the Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad Museum and the museum hosted the group in unique fashion, offering a meal catered by the Ridgeway Café on their 1924 Pullman dining car.

Rodger Stroup spoke to the group and discussed the goings on at the museum, most notably its transition in image from a static museum to a tourist experience.

Stroup said the museum, which has a gallery of artifacts from the local railroad’s history, is just a small part of what they do.

The museum’s locomotives and cars currently can travel 11 ¾ miles of the 12 ½ miles of railroad between the museum and the Anderson Quarry, which provided Winnsboro blue granite for several iconic buildings such as the S.C. Statehouse and the Flatiron Building in New York City.

Stroup also said that the museum is expanding its operations to include evening trains through parts of the year. In February, there will be Valentine’s train rides. Between March and October, they will also have BBQ dinner trains. The museum, which is served by an all-volunteer staff, currently sees around 9,000 guests each year.

Other news and notes from the breakfast:

Chamber President Terry Vickers provided information for several upcoming events in December. Ridgeway will host Holidays on the Ridge this weekend, Dec. 4 through Dec. 6.

Among the activities will be the Tour of Homes and Churches from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and will include carriage tours for in-town houses. Sunday will feature Ridgeway’s Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. followed by their Christmas Tree lighting at 5 p.m.

Winnsboro will host its Downtown Holiday Market on Dec. 12, featuring vendors, artisans, craftsmen, and local merchants presenting holiday items. There will be carriage rides at the town clock, and Santa will making an appearance at the clock.

By James Inabinet


Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.


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