Founded in 1973 by local train enthusiasts, the South Carolina Railroad Museum seeks to educate visitors about railroading in South Carolina and the rest of the country. Its collection includes many railroading artifacts, various pieces of equipment, and a number of rolling stock such as freight and passenger cars, steam locomotives, cabooses, and diesel engines. The museum also offers train rides on five miles of track.
The museum received the Rockton and Rion Railway (i.e., train tracks amounting to 11.5 miles) in 1983 and renamed it the Rockton, Rion, and Western Railroad. This donation enabled the museum to offer its train rides. The museum wants to expand by building a maintenance shop, offering educational train excursions, and displaying more rolling stock, among other goals.