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Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum – Aiken, South Carolina

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While this replica train depot in Aiken has only been open since 2010, it reflects the city’s long railroad history. The original depot that sat on this site was built in 1899 and served rail travelers until 1954; that year, train service was discontinued in Aiken. After a decade of fundraising, a new depot was unveiled on September 18, 2010 to serve as the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum.

Aiken Train Depot

Shirley Radabaugh of Aiken, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Nine dioramas throughout the depot depict the Charleston-to-Hamburg rail line of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company. The company’s president, William Aiken, is the city’s namesake. The rail line was the nation’s first steam-powered commercial railroad. It was also the longest rail line in the world – 136 miles – when it was completed in 1833. The dioramas show how the towns along the line appeared in 1916.

Three rail cars – two dining cars and a caboose – rest on the grounds of the depot, awaiting restoration. Both dining cars were built by the Pullman Car Company. The newer car was built in 1920, while the older one dates to somewhere between 1910 and 1916. The caboose was built in the 1970s for the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Company. Once they are restored, the dining cars will be available to rent for events, and the caboose will be used as an historical display. The depot is also a popular events venue and can be rented for private gatherings. The museum is free to the public and open from 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesdays through Fridays and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays.

Reflections on the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

Contributor Shirley Radabaugh shares, “Aiken was one of the towns along the original South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company. The photo of the train depot was taken during the blue hour just after sunset.”

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Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum Info

Address: 406 Park Avenue Southeast, Aiken, SC 29801
GPS Coordinates: 33.557922,-81.715645

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Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum Info

Address: 406 Park Avenue Southeast, Aiken, SC 29801
GPS Coordinates: 33.557922,-81.715645

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2 Comments about Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 29th, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Hello, the museum is located at 460 Park Avenue Southeast in Aiken. Hope you enjoy it!

Jane C. BrittNo Gravatar says:
September 28th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Hello, I lived in Aiken for nearly ten years in the 1960s and surely enjoyed being a young mother there. Where, oh where, is this museum? It’s a lovely project.


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