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Flagg Coal Company Steam Locomotive - South Carolina Railroad Museum, Winnsboro

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     A group of dedicated railroading fans joined together in 1973, creating the South Carolina Railroad Museum. With a gift of 11 miles of track of the former Rockton and Rion Line, the museum received a huge boost with their plans of adding educational train excursions. The Charleston Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society also donated various freight and passenger cars for display. The Baldwin Locomotive #44 greets visitors as they pull into the museum, one piece of the museum's 25 year old collection of running and rolling stock.
     During a special event at the South Carolina Railroad Museum the Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad saw its first steam engine in nearly 40 years. Thrilling a crowd of eager rail fans, the Flagg Coal Company steam engine provided all the power for an hour long train Signage and Baldwin steam locomotive #44 - South Carolina Railroad Museum ride through the Winnsboro area.
     Restored by John and Byron Gramling, the vintage 0-4-0 saddle tank engine was brought back to the South Carolina Railroad Museum once again in October 2010. The father and son team purchased the engine in 1991 and moved the locomotive in pieces to their shop in Indiana. Totally refurbished over the period of ten years, the Gramlings have enjoyed showing off their 1930s restoration project. The Flagg Coal Company engine has made historic appearances all around the country, offering a look at a smoke-belching locomotive and a reintroduction to the bygone era of steam.

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