Railroad could once again attract visitors

Published 9:35 am Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Railroad tracks have long been noted as an avenue of commerce for towns throughout the United States.
In their earlier days, they brought businessmen west and commodities from the west back east. Before long the railroad was the country’s primary method for the transportation of goods.
It has been years since the local railways have brought that type of business through our foothills but that’s not to say they can’t once again be used as an avenue of drawing people from far and wide.
Landrum City Council members will meet with design firm representatives Sept. 6 to discuss proposals for a renovated Landrum Depot. Once a site of steady activity, officials hope the depot can be restored with a look local residents can truly be proud of showing visitors.
Officials aspire for the depot to house town meetings and community events in the future. To do so, the aging building needs a makeover.
Five firms have submitted designs illustrating their visions for a renovated depot building and site. The designs will be available for public viewing in the Landrum City Council chambers beginning Wednesday, Aug. 24. The public is being asked to choose their favorite design and provide that opinion to council.
Town officials will hear presentations from all five designers on Sept. 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. and the public is invited. Landrum leaders plan to select one of these firms to prepare further plans and specifications for a design of depot renovations.
Although to some the renovation of a historic building might not conjure up dollar signs, planners in Landrum have been smart enough to understand that while big industry may not be the area’s strong suit economically, tourism could be.
Attracting families and locomotive buffs to the area for model train shows or tours of old train cars could be a boost and maybe, just maybe, they’d want to grab a bite to eat or peruse a local shop while they’re at it.
— Editorial staff,
Tryon Daily Bulletin

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