North Carolina Transportation Museum

Downtown Spencer

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In a Nutshell

An antique diesel engine pulls guests around the 57-acre museum grounds, which hold historical rail equipment, cars, and planes

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Mar 31, 2017. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. All options are valid starting January 1st, 2017. not redeemable in 2016. Not valid for special events. Train rides offered Saturdays only in January/February. Please visit nctrans.org for train ride times and museum schedule. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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North Carolina Transportation Museum

It would be hard to pick a more fitting site for the North Carolina Transportation Museum. At one time, its web of train tracks and buildings served as the largest servicing facility for Southern Railway Company's steam locomotives. Today, it performs a different service: preserving an authentic slice of locomotive history, with some early planes and cars thrown in for good measure.

  • Size: a 57-acre site covered in diesel train engines, steam train engines, and interactive exhibits devoted to transportation
  • Permanent Mainstay: Graham County Railroad #1925, a steam locomotive from 1925 that was commonly used on logging railroads
  • Crown Jewel: a narrated, 25-minute train ride of the site, during which guests are pulled in passenger cars by an antique diesel engine
  • Eye Catcher: Visits begin at theBarber Junction Visitor Center, which resides in an authentic train depot from 1898
  • Don't Miss: Some of the non-train relics on display, including a 1929 Model AA Fire Truck and a full-size replica of the Wright Flyer
  • Special Programs: behind-the-scenes tours, the chance to operate a real steam engine, and birthday parties held in a caboose
  • Pro Tip: It takes about three hours to see all the exhibits and ride the train

Customer Reviews

This place is filled with fun things to see and do. I was pleasantly surprised. My family really enjoyed it.
Sbdfrederick · September 4, 2017
Great deal for the price. Train ride was worth it for the little ones.
Juan P. · April 30, 2017
This was an enjoyable excursion.
Brenda L. · April 30, 2017

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