The Old 96 District in South Carolina is home to several locations for train enthusiasts. The Museum of Greenwood and the Railroad Historical Center in Greenwood, South Carolina, has restored the Carolina Executive Car which was part of Piedmont and Northern Railroad. The rail line ran from Greenwood to Spartanburg and carried both heavy freight and passengers. Built in 1914, the car served as an office car for railroad executives. The car contains eight seats – seven upholstered and one wooden – and looks exactly like it did when it was originally built. The Railroad Museum features an exhibit on railroad history, a gift shop, and seven historic railroad cars.
Also, in Greenwood you will find Emerald Farm. Emerald Farm, a working goat dairy farm, is the perfect outing for a family. Here you will have a chance to step back into the basic elements of life. With about 75 acres of beautiful rolling pastures dotted with large sheltering oak trees and fruit trees, Emerald Farm is a must see for many reasons. There are a variety of animals that will entertain you such as goats, sheep, llamas, ducks, cows, peacocks, geese, chickens and honey bees. A model train display will keep you busy as you view the trains running in the Model Railroad Clubhouse.
Climb aboard this antique train as it runs around Emerald Farm. See authentic RR signs and go by the Village in the woods, through tunnels and more. This is pure fun for children and adults. The adventure is great for school groups, birthday parties, families, individuals, retired railway workers and anyone who loves trains.
Rates for the train are as low as $2.75 per individual. Group rates available for tour groups, corporate or family reunions. Ride weekdays by appointment only. The train runs all day every Saturday, weather permitting.
Further down the road in Abbeville, South Carolina, those who love trains will find a restored Seaboard Caboose at the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House. Known by many as “The Generals’ House”, this house is an excellent example of the Queen Anne style, characterized by towers, turrets, multi-faceted roofs and windows and various textures of exterior material. Behind the main house is where you will find the CXS railroad caboose. It is a symbol of celebrating the train era in Abbeville and is located on the lawn of the house.