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NEAR Lancaster, S. C, you can find the biggest baby railroad in the country. Well, maybe not the biggest in size, but certainly possessor of the biggest list of vice-presidents—from James Montgomery Flagg to Gypsy Rose Lee.

Actually, though, this tiny offspring of the Lancaster and Chester Railway is one of the finest miniature steam railroads in the world. Located in the recreation park of the Springs Cotton Mills, it’s the brainchild of Elliott White Springs, World War I combat flier, author, owner of the mill and president of the L & C.

Rolling stock consists of three locomotives, four passenger cars, two flat cars and a caboose. There’s more than a mile of track. On their off days, you can usually find oldtime railroaders at the controls of the little steamers. What with those newfangled Diesels, they get sort of lonesome for the buffing and puffing.

  1. Zak Lybrand says: March 2, 20097:56 pm

    Heh, gotta love the beautiful doll with the train!

  2. Zak Lybrand says: January 24, 20107:52 pm

    Yes, I’m commenting again, but with good reason. I just visited the Lancaster & Chester Railway, and they still have engine number 43, an engine named “The Colonel”, and the caboose. They’re all inside the museum in Lancaster, SC.

  3. Toronto says: January 24, 20109:11 pm

    What an odd thing for Miss Lee to be associated with.

  4. Firebrand38 says: January 24, 20109:53 pm

    Toronto: I don’t see why it would be any more odd for James Flagg. Not familiar with the name? Believe me, you’ve seen his work http://digital.library….

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