Train museum coming to Landrum

Published 11:38 am Thursday, February 10, 2022

“Pacolet River Passenger Car” expected to open by end of 2022


LANDRUM—The “Pacolet River Passenger Car” is a single-story, 80-foot-long rail car that currently sits on the railroad tracks at the Landrum Depot. 

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The idea to transform the old passenger car into a museum came to fruition in 2019.

Wilma’s Inc. is currently renovating the interior of the train car and is in the process of removing the non-asbestos materials.  According to Landrum City Administrator Rich Caplan, the museum should be completed by the end of this year.

The city’s goal is to exhibit in the museum a general history of the Landrum area, the cultural impact of the railroad, and pre-railroad history.

Prior to renovations, the original interior of the car encompassed 10 roomettes and 6 double bedrooms.  After renovations, the museum will be organized by main themes of the exhibitions, with vintage props and historic photographs scattered throughout the car.

The museum is expected to attract school groups, tourists, and those interested in the history of the Landrum area.