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Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

Aiken, SC, USA
About Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
The Visitors Center, located on the first floor of the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot, can assist you with any questions you may have, contains maps and brochures of the area, a calendar of events and more. The Train Museum, located on the second floor, has nine dioramas that depict the towns, as they were in 1916, along the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company right of way. This railroad became the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the US and the longest railroad in the world. These dioramas are done in the familiar HO scale and are complimented by interactive displays depicting railroad history. The Aiken Trolley Tour also departs from this location every Saturday at 10 am. Private trolley tours for groups of 15 or more may be available upon request.
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This is the best way to experience Aiken hands down. If you have never ridden and electric bike, its a must do experience. If you have tried one before, then you know how much fun they are! Our guides will show you the best parts of Aiken in person and without windows. The bikes do most of the work. Come prepared to have a wonderful time!
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Travel Pros wrote a review Apr 2021
Charleston, South Carolina248 contributions30 helpful votes
We stopped by the Visitors Center ands Train Museum. We had a treat time. Lots of information. A train downstairs to watch and a number of train signs upstairs with a locomotive running through them on a loop . The daytime a nighttime effect was a nice touch. You can tell a lot of thought went into the museum. They do have a couple of passenger cards on the platform but none on tour. The scavenger hunt of the train scenes is a nice touch. (Never did find the peacock) It is a good place to stop if you are just getting to town. The staff was great.
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Date of experience: April 2021
Gwen K wrote a review Mar 2021
8 contributions2 helpful votes
Aiken really needs a Real Train Station with real dining cars and real transportation. I was born a few blocks from this station. My grandfather and uncle (the originator of the original pool hall chili 1st served at Jimmy the Greek's restaurant) used to work for the railroad (and Mayor H. O. Weeks). I remember when my uncle John and aunt Rosa Lee first took me on the train. The dining car was so beautiful and filled with lace and finery. Now I see the dining cars in corners unused. Shame. A restaurant would be so nice there in one of the Dining Cars.
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Date of experience: November 2020
darkwriter1 wrote a review May 2020
Leesville, South Carolina42 contributions4 helpful votes
View a caboose, and some passenger cars, along with a model train taking a scenic route about a small town. Get information about the city of Aiken, along with maps and pamplets of interest. Don't forget the gift area as well. Very pleasant and most informative.
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Date of experience: May 2020
Robert M W wrote a review Apr 2020
Aiken, South Carolina30 contributions7 helpful votes
This is a museum dedicated to the train on rails that had served the Aiken area for decades. Trains still do but, much more limited in scope. The models of towns serviced by trains is truly a spectacle to see and to hear. The volunteer staff loves their job and are a pleasure to engage with to learn about history and trains.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
Responded 18 May 2020
We love our volunteers!
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DME wrote a review Feb 2020
Greenville, South Carolina308 contributions177 helpful votes
The volunteers staffing the center were welcoming and very helpful. They offered good suggestions for activities and great directions. The train museum upstairs is fabulous....interesting, informative and very well organized. Don’t miss this stop.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
Responded 21 Feb 2020
Thank you for your kind review. We could not operate our facility without our dedicated volunteers!
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