Most people probably don’t realize the first steam powered, scheduled passenger train to run in America was in South Carolina. In the mid 1830s, a rail line from Charleston ran to Hamburg (near Augusta), Columbia and Camden. The new form of transportation was so popular that trains and railroads sprang up all over the state, some of them with tracks as short as 10 miles.
Have you ridden the Rockton, Rion & Western at the South Carolina Railroad Museum? We’d love to hear about your experience in our comments. For more information on the train, upcoming events and to purchase tickets see their official website.