In the early 1830’s, William Aiken and the South Carolina Canal Railroad Company built a 136 mile railroad from Charleston to Hamburg on the river just accross from Augusta, Ga. the first in the country to have regular scheduled steam locomotives. It was at the time it was built the longest in the world and the first to carry the US Mail. By the end of 1835, the first railroad depot was built and Aiken was incorportated. From around the turn of the century unitl the mid 1950’s, Aiken was served by a beautiful train depot that served the “winter colony” and many celebrities travel to Aiken. All Aboard Aiken is working to reconstruct and restore the old depot. As part of the plan, two elegant, vintage dining cars art to be restored to their former glory and used to cater meetings, parties, and receptions.
Recently, these old dining cars arrived in Aiken and have been set up on site. Restoration has not yet begun and they show the ravages of time. It will be interesting to watch the progress of the restoration process.