Saluda Train Tales - Third Friday of Month

March-December 2017, 7pm

Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community about the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade. These events are held at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.

March 17, 2017 - Bob Loehne,  producer of more than 5 video productions about the 611 and the Saluda Grade and the people of Saluda, will present his story and cover a good bit of his many railroad and social exploits on America's Steepest Class-1 Railroad Grade.

April 21, 2017 - Terry Ruscin, author of "A History of Transportation in Western NC

May 19, 2017 - Matt Bamgarner, author of "Saluda: Top to Bottom

June 16, 2017 - Luscas Safrit, Historical Interpreter/Rail Historian with NC Transportation Museum at Historic Spencer Shops

July 21, 2017 -Mike Lassiter and Scott Galloway– Producers of Our Vanishing America: A Portrait of NC

August 18 – Saluda Train Tales Raymond “Bo” Brown, SR Collector and Writer

September 15 – Saluda Train Tales - Locals tell their own stories of the Railroad and Saluda.

October 20 – Saluda Train Tales Ray Rapp, curator of How the West Was Won:  Transformation of NC from Mars Hill University

November 17 –Saluda Train Tales by Granddaughters of Mr. Patterson, Engineer of Helper Train

December 15 – Saluda Train Tales Movie Night

Past Saluda Train Tales

Raymond "Bo" Brown, writer and collector of Southern Railway dining experiences and artifacts presents the history of dining cars from the late 1800's to 1979.


Mike Lassiter and Scott Galloway presented "Our Vanishing Americana" through the book and PBS documentary.


Lucas Safrit, Historical Interpreter from the NC Transportation Museum describes the museum and all of the many different railroad locomotives and when they were built.

Bob Loehne, railroad enthusiasts and video producer of the "611 on the Saluda Grade" presents at the Saluda Tain Tales on March 17, 2017. Videographer by Bob Keeton.

View The September Saluda Train Tales with Rodger Stroup from the SC State Museum will present:  South Carolina's Railroad Heritage:  What's Gone, What's Still Here.


August Saluda Train Tales

August 19, 2016, 7pm - Saluda Inns, Hotels & Boarding Houses

View this presentation produced by Bob Keeton

Hotel Charles in Saluda

Hotel Charles in Saluda

The coming of the railroad to Saluda is why Saluda is existence today. After topping the grade, it would take another year before the tracks were laid to Hendersonville. Travelers from the low country of South Carolina, escaping from their marshy plantations to cooler and healthier elevations, would disembark in Saluda and travel by wagon or stages further north. This was enough time for a fledgling mercantile community to grow to accommodate these disembarking travelers and the families who worked on the railroad.

This was the start of Saluda’s tourist industry and the first hotel, The Mountain House, was established in 1879 by Colonel Andrew Tanner.  Colonel Tanner was the overseer of the chain gangs of convicts who worked the road and became Saluda’s first mayor in 1882.

At one time, there were as many as 37 inns, hotels, and boarding homes in Saluda.  At the Saluda Train Tales on August 19, 7pm, you will learn about these inns, who started them, and if and how they are still in use today.

Join Greaton Sellers, Martha Ashley, and Charlene Pace as they reveal the stories of the people who built these places to accommodate Saluda’s summer people and railroad workers.


View Videos of Previous Saluda Train Tales