Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum – Historic Train Depot
The first steam engine puffed up the Saluda Grade to the Hendersonville Depot in 1879. The steam engine needed a “help engine” attached to the rear of the train at Melrose for additional power to push the train up the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad in the United States. The Carolina Special ran between Charleston, South Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio from 1911 until 1968. The restored Depot houses a HO scale railroad layout that is highly detailed and is prototypical of Hendersonville, Saluda, Asheville, and Western North Carolina. The Deport features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway caboose and a special children’s exhibit where visitors can operate a Thomas the Tank train in a scenic layout. See the 10ft x 80ft Garden “G” scale layout.
- Open Wednesdays & Saturdays
- Admission is free
- Donations appreciated
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