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Hub City Railroad Museum, Spartanburg

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Come and visit the Hub City Railroad Museum, a project of the Greenville Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. The museum showcases the important railroad history of this Hub City of the upstate -Spartanburg, SC. The history of the area from summertime peaches, to textile mills, to the railroad car shops is woven together with the history of Spartanburg. See how the Southern Railway, Clinchfield, C&WC, Piedmont & Northern, Glenn Springs, Pacolet Mill railroad and streetcars served the Hub City.

Housed in the former Southern Railway Depot, the museum affords great views of both Norfolk Southern's Crescent Line as well as CSX's former Clinchfield line and Belton Sub Division. Railfans are always welcomed. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.
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  • A must ...take an hour out of your day and spend it here! Great history! My toddler got to ring a bell and enjoyed watching the train display in the caboose. Staff has excellent knowledge.  more »
  • Spotted this inside the Amtrak station and went in. Great pictures of steam trains working this area and the importance they played in commerce at the time. It's small and they asked for donations -no...  more »
  • It seems the museum is only open two days a week and I'm not sure I'd trust that. In fact, the entire station was locked which surprised me. It seems that Amtrak's presence includes one train in each ...  more »
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  • Many items from past days of railroads. A restored Southern RR Caboose with operating HO layout and computer showing location of trains in real time, a large deck for viewing trains.
  • Good to see the train items preserved. Nicely done. My kids love trains. It's great to see all the items that were in and around train stations back in the day. To bad the last guy to post missed the point of the museum. It's sad when kids like him get pulled aways from their social media. It's like a new addiction and they get cranky.
  • Great place lots of local history
  • An excellent little museum chock full of local railroadiana. Spartanburg was the "hub city" and an important junction for many decades. The volunteers love what they do it and it shows. Admission is free but I enthusiastically drop a couple of greenbacks in the donation box.
  • Lots of history!!😃. The volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable.