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South Carolina Railroad Museum will run a Mother's Day Brunch train

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The South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro will run a special Mother's Day Brunch Train on Sunday May 11. Brunch will be served on the Museum's dining car. The trains will run at 10:30 and 1:30 p.m. Seating for the two trains is limited and reservations can be made here. The Museum is about 40 minutes from Columbia.

The train ride covers a 10 mile stretch of track passing several interesting sites along the way. The railroad used was the Rockton-Rion & Western which ceased operations n the 1970s, the line was donated to the Museum in 1983.At one time this railroad served the quarry where Winnsboro's famous "Blue Granite" comes from. The RR line was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Regular train rides started in the early 2000s.

According to Rodger Stroup, the Museum's Railroad Superintendent, the museum is planning to offer dinner trains. He also said the Museum offers several seasonal specialty train rides such as a Pumpkin Patch Train in the fall, Santa's North Pole Express in December and a train featuring the Easter Bunny in the spring. The Museum also has some steam trains in the fall.

The Museum grounds also feature a display train, featuring an "executive car", a small gift shop and rest rooms. A picnic shelter is also available.

The fare for the Mother's Day Brunch train is $35 for adults and $25 for children, brunch is included.

Check out the list for a photo tour of the Museum!

For further information, please check the museum website or email

For a pleasant Saturday excursion to experience a vanishing mode of transportation, check out the South Carolina Railroad Museum.

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SCRM open car
SCRM open car photo by author

SCRM open car

The SCRM Open car is a popular place to sit on the railroad's two regular train trips on Saturdays. Fare for the open car is $15 as opposed to $12 in the enclosed car.

SCRM display train
SCRM display train photo by author

SCRM display train

The SCRM display train features an executive car, a post office car, a caboose and a baggage car. The executive car was used by executives of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.

Executive Car dining room
Executive Car dining room photo by author

Executive Car dining room

An "Executive Car" was the Corporate Jet of its time.  It came with  3 staterooms, a kitchen and a dining room. The car came equipped with its own chef and porters. Here, the dining room is set for a meal.

SCRM car collection
SCRM car collection photo by author

SCRM car collection

The Museum also has a collection of railroad cars of various types and sizes. Here they sit on a siding near the boarding point for the RR&W's trains.