About Palmetto Division

Palmetto Division County Map

The National Model Railroad Association, NMRA, is the largest organization devoted to the development, promotion, and enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading. The NMRA was founded in 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, making this our 73rd year in service to the hobby of model railroading!

The Southeastern Region, SER, covers the States of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and a portion of the panhandle of Florida and the Asheville area of North Carolina.

The Palmetto Division encompasses the following counties in South Carolina:
Abbeville, Anderson, Bamberg, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union and York.

Anyone living in this area who is an NMRA member is automatically a member of the Palmetto Division. There are no additional fees for the local benefits.

You can sign up for NMRA membership (including the Palmetto Division) at the NMRA web site.

2024 06 15

Summer 2024 Meet at SC Railroad Museum

The Palmetto Summer Division meeting 2024 will be held on June 15 at the Railroad Auxiliary Building beginning at 9:30 am. The building is located at 479 Garibaldi Rd, Winnsboro, SC 29180.
$10 Registration. Refreshments and lunch provided for those who register by the deadline of June 7, 2024. To register please email [email protected].
If you plan to ride the SC State Museum train that afternoon, please email [email protected] to purchase your ticket.

2023 10 14

Fall 2023 Division Meet

When:  October 14, 2023
Where:  Northgate Baptist Church

We had a great meeting, with 43 in attendance. Dave Winans shared an interesting clinic on making rocks from ceiling tile, we reviewed the recent hands-on clinics and discussed the recent and upcoming NMRA conventions. We had great participation in the contests, (photo, favorite model and tips/techniques), and got to tour 2 excellent layouts (see photos). We also had excellent sales of our polo shirt and hats.

2023 06 10

Columbia Area 2023 Division Meet

Our Summer 2023 meeting was a big success! It took place on  June 10, 2023 at AMROC, 1800 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC.
The AMROC folks again provided us with an excellent venue for the meeting, and shared their many model railroads with us after. They are impressive in their willingness to share our hobby with others.
Rich Lehman provided a very interesting clinic on "Nearby Excursion Railroads". His slides are available here: [here]