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

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Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for special events. Not valid during The Easter Bunny Express. Not valid March 19, 20, 25, or 26. All options are valid January 2nd, 2016. Black out dates apply. Not valid with other offers or promotions. Check for hours and train ride times. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $13 for admission for two with a train ride ($24 value)
  • $25 for admission for four with a train ride ($48 value)

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

Good exhibits. Liked train ride.
Edith Y. · December 20, 2016
Wonderful trip for all who love history, trains and other types of things that go. Our favorite part was the roundhouse and being able to climb in some of the trains. Lots of walking. Picnic area near the entrance.
Susan B. · July 5, 2016
Definitely ride the turn table at the round house. The cost is $1 per person.
Tabitha P. · June 21, 2016
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    Downtown Spencer

    411 South Salisbury Avenue

    Spencer, NC 28159


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