Mountains to the Sea: Backroads Boogie around the Palmetto State – South Carolina Railroad Museum

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Trains, planes and automobiles. Oh, and motorbikes. To be specific, Roo and I love steam locomotives and their period rolling stock, vintage WWII and older airplanes, classic cars and, of course, motorbikes of any age, size or country of origin (with a bias towards the boot shaped country).

So, on a beautifully warm, albeit overcast day, I decided to let the beaST stretch out her legs with a 200 + mile round trip to the Midlands of South Carolina. My destination is Winnsboro, South Carolina, a town I was unfamiliar with, to The South Carolina Railroad Museum, a place I was equally unfamiliar with.

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As a requisite for this tour, I took the beautiful back country roads from the Upstate to the Midlands, passing through the beautiful Sumter National Forest.

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No traffic to speak of, traveling the roads through Sumter is what the big Honda was made for: open road and sweeping curves. It felt like she was on auto pilot, adjusting the tempo as she saw fit, while I sat back and enjoyed the scenery.

The beautiful Broad River cuts a broad north/south swath right through the center of South Carolina

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After a wonderfully spirited 100 mile ride through the South Carolina countryside, I arrived at my destination. I didn’t know what to expect, so I had no expectations, and thus, could not be disappointed or surprised.

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The museum is small and consists of two locomotives, some rolling stock, and a few outbuildings that house historical railroad items pertaining to the above rail line that ran through here. The museum was closed, it being Sunday, which I knew from their website. They do train excursions on Saturdays along a portion of the old railbed which has been restored.

The main locomotive

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Rolling stock

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A great day on the road, piloting the ST and seeking out new roads and new places. South Carolina Rairoad Museum can be found here.

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