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City to celebrate its railroad heritage with Railfest
The City of Greer has forever been tied to the railroad. From its 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, the city wears the tracks that traverse it like well-earned wrinkles.

Greer will celebrate its railroad heritage and promote rail safety on Sept. 10 at City Park with the inaugural Railfest from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free activities and entertainment are planned for all ages and guests will have an opportunity to win trips on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, N.C.

“The City of Greer really has grown along with the railroad over the years. With Inland Port Greer becoming a tremendous economic engine for the entire Upstate and trains passing through the city capturing the imaginations of children of all ages, it seemed like the right time to create a festival for our community that celebrates the railways,” City of Greer Events Supervisor Ashlyn Stone said.

Young guests will enjoy trackless train rides in the park, as well as train-themed inflatable attractions. Crafts, coloring stations and an event hall displaying age appropriate train videos are planned for inside Greer City Hall.

Adults will have their own video hall with information about railroad safety, Inland Port Greer and scenic train journeys in North America.

All ages will enjoy the lobby that will include a photo booth with train props and free themed items. The lobby is also the site of the Greer’s Depot art exhibition with paintings and photos of the old depot and other rail related scenes in the city city taken by the late Curt Tillitson.

Booths will allow guests to learn more about the local railroads and safety from such participants as Operation Lifesaver, the Norfolk Southern and CSX Rail Police, the South Carolina Railroad Museum, the Hub City Railroad Museum and the Greer Heritage Museum. 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, and the City of Greer.

For more information, contact Stone at or (864) 968-7005.