North Carolina is very rich in railroad history, both standard and narrow gauge, as well as logging. Western North Carolina was the home to narrow gauge lines both famous and obscure, one of which ran right through Hickory. That history is not forgotten, and it is remembered at several museums in the region. AsĀ  you are out visiting home layouts and taking in the rich flavor of North Carolina, please take the time to visit these museums in the region and thank them for preserving railroad history.