Railfest celebrates railroads, rail safety in Greer

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The City of Greer will host Railfest Saturday September 10, 2016 to celebrate railroads and educate the public about railroad safety.

According to Operation lifesaver, a non-profit dedicated to railroad safety education, in March of 2016 South Carolina was 12th in the nation for number of fatalities at railroad grade crossings with 7.

Railroads are a large part of the Upstate economy and Railfest organizer Ashlyn Stone say as the Inland Port grows, more people become curious about rail history in the Upstate.

Greer’s early depot that served as a stop on a line from Charlotte to Atlanta to Inland Port Greer that is today served by the Norfolk Southern Railway, is of interest to many city leaders said.

Railfest from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m and it’s a free festival. Guests will have an opportunity to win trips on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, N.C.

Organizers said kids can enjoy trackless train rides in the park, as well as train-themed inflatables and train videos are planned for inside Greer City Hall.

Adult videos will have information about railroad safety, Inland Port Greer and scenic train rides.

Operation Lifesaver, the Norfolk Southern and CSX Rail Police, the South Carolina Railroad Museum, the Hub City Railroad Museum and the Greer Heritage Museum will be there as well.

The Hub City Railroad Museum opened it’s doors for 7 News Daybreak to show off some displays that will be shown at the festival this weekend.

The city said in a release that the Calabash Wagon will be on site offering food and drink selections throughout the festival.

Railfest is made possible by sponsors State Farm, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, South Carolina Railroad Museum, Home Depot, GreerToday.com and the City of Greer.

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