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 often, and future modes of transportation in this country, with special emphasis on railroads.
The South Carolina Railroad Museum’s mission is the preservation and interpretation of railroading in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Railroad Museum
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).
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.
Currently, the Museum operates on 5 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”.