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Grand Strand Model Railroad Show

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Nov 142015

The annual Grand Strand Model Railroad Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, at Lakewood Conference Center, South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.

5th Annual Grand Strand MODEL Railroaders TRAIN SHOW & SALE

5th Annual Grand Strand MODEL Railroaders TRAIN SHOW & SALE

Saturday November 14th, 2015 (10 am to 5 pm) and Sunday November 15th, 2015 (10 am to 4 pm)

Admission: $5  –  Children under 12 Free 

Layouts, Vendors, Clinics, Prizes 

National Lionel Train Day – Dec 5, 2015

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Nov 132015

From the folks at Lionel …

National Lionel Train Day

Join us for National Lionel Train Day on December 5, as we celebrate the creative joy Lionel Trains has brought you for 115 years and counting! All your friends and family are invited to be immersed in the world of toy trains at this fantastic and first ever national event. Only available on December 5, at your participating local dealer, is the National Lionel Train Day Boxcar to commemorate this event. This one-day-only item is a truly collectable piece and a great addition to your track layout. We plan to see you there to help us celebrate Lionel’s toy trains and inspire stories from one generation to the next!

The local dealer in the Charleston surrounding Lowcountry area is Train Town Toy & Hobby at 128 W. Richardson Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483.


Rail Damage Due to Floods

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Oct 072015

Just a couple of photos of the damage to the rails in South Carolina as a result of the rain and flooding. This would certainly make using the lines problematic. Of course fixing the damage is also difficult as the waters continue to rise even now and the ground is saturated.

Rail Damage in South Carolina

We did not take these photos, and we are trying to find out exactly where these tracks are and what line they belong to.

Rail Damage in South Carolina 2

These photos originally appeared on the Google+ thread of photographer Phillip Guyton, from Florence, South Carolina.

Oct 052015

The Charleston Regional Business Journal is reporting that Norfolk Southern has shut down the rail line that runs in and out of Charleston, said Susan Terpay, the rail line’s S.C. spokeswoman.

NS About

The constant deluge of rain that has hammered South Carolina for days has caused significant damage to Norfolk Southern’s Charleston service and rendered it inoperable, which impacts Port of Charleston customers.

Flash flooding and record rainfall have washed out tracks and closed rail bridges, Terpay said. No information is available yet on how many miles of track are damaged or how many customers will be impacted.

The Charleston rail service will be restored on Friday at the earliest. Norfolk Southern personnel are currently assessing damages on-site. Terpay said Norfolk Southern is checking to see which specific lines were impacted by flooding in South Carolina. She said damage to the company’s rail system is not statewide.

Read the full story at The Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Talk of Coast to Update Passenger Rail Route

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Oct 052015

According to the Post & Courier, the success of the State Ports Authority’s Inland Port has a group in the Upstate thinking about using the Charleston-to-Greer rail route for passenger service.

The South Carolina Passenger Rail Consortium is floating the idea of having twice-daily passenger service between the two cities, according to a report last week in The Greenville News.

Norfolk Southern passenger train

A vintage Norfolk Southern passenger train arrives at the State Ports Authority’s Inland Port near Greer in early 2014 as part of a special event.

“We believe we can fill the coaches with vacationers and business travelers,” Frank Ezell, founder of the consortium, told the newspaper.

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