Museums

The N.C Transportation Museum Spencer

Where is it at?

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The N.C Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Avenue
Spencer
NC
28159
Tel: 704-636-2889

Directions

The musuem is about 5 minutes from the I-85, and an hours drive from Charlotte. From the I-85, take Exit 79 and look for the brown historic signs. Turn left onto Hwy 29 (Salisbury Ave) and on the left your carriage awaits!

Parking is free!

Where are we going today?

All aboard!  You won't want to miss the train!  You would think at the North Carolina Transportation Museum you won't have to worry about missing the train, because well, it's a museum.  BUT...a transportation museum wouldn't be complete without train rides!  But we'll get to that in a bit...

The museum is 57 acres of special events and fascinating exhibits.  There are a number of restored diesel locomotives that you can have a look at during your trip.  Learn all about the history of these revolutionary inventions that date all the way back to the 1930s.   They are fascinating and intricate pieces of machinery that changes the way the country worked, and lived.  Amazing how they work!

Heard of the Wright brothers?  Well, if you're an international visitor at the museum, chances are you wouldn't have been able to get there without these guys!  Have a look at a full sized replica of the Wright Flyer - pretty cool to think they got that off the ground!

The Roadhouse is the largest every constructed and is now home to over 40 restored locomotives and rail cars, of which if you re a fan, have a look at the Bumper to Bumper exhibit which is an impressive collection of antique cars. 

Trains rides!  We didn't forget...you can sit and enjoy a 25 minute narrated train ride pulled by a real antique diesel engine!  Daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day you can catch these fun experiences!  Don't forget your conductors hat! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$6 ($12 with train ride)
  • ChildrenAges 3- 12: $4 ($8 with train ride)
  • Free Under: 2
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tues - Sat 9am - 5pm / Sun 1pm -5 pm.

Closed Mondays. Nov 1 - Feb 28 also closed Tuesdays

Teachers corner

The museum are happy to have school and educational groups come to learn about the history of their transportation models. They can provide classroom-style programs, outreach programs, as well as Boy Scout and Cub days. .

I'm Hungry!

There are drink vending machines at the Barber Junction Visitor Center, as well as snack and drink machines at Bob Julian Roundhouse. Make sure you drink lots of water! .

Any Top Tips?

Allow about 3 hours for a visit if you want to ride the train and see everything, as there are 57 acres and three exhibit buildings. The Roundhouse alone takes 4 minutes. .

Need a little extra help?

The museum is fully accessible to those with disabilities. Where they can, the access to exhibits are possible with wheelchair lifts and also friendly staff to help out! Note that certain exhibits do have limited accessibility due to narrow doors in railroad passenger cars. .

More information

Take comfortable shoes! There is a lot of walking! .

What people are saying?

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    Had a horrible experience there a few weeks back. My 84-year old mother tripped over a sign they had placed in the middle of the train platform walkway. With so many people milling around waiting to take the train ride, there was no way for her to see the long wooden sign feet sticking out in the middle of the walkway. She ended up tripping and falling, and spent the rest of the day in an emergency room with face, knee, and arm injuries. And the worst part of all is that the museum refused to pay ANY of her thousands of dollars in medical expenses...Read More

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    The place is huge, kids loved the train ride. We spent the entire day in section F -round house. Kids loved the turn table. Lot of engines and train equipment to see. I would go again. Facility is was a old locomotive repair show. Has a deep history. Walking there give you a feel of walking in a old country town. Natural area is not maintained very well. The staff however was very friendly and good.

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    First time attendance to the museum during the Streamliners at Spencer event in May-June 2014. Excellent event hosted by an excellent museum.

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    Took a group of scouts for the annual Rail Camp. All enjoyed the trip!

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    Awesome place!! I had to do comunity service here and it was well worth it. It was like i wasent even working. The employees are nice and respectful also the musem has some awesome artifacts. Deffenatly a place to visit again.

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by Jim Duffy

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Had a horrible experience there a few weeks back. My 84-year old mother tripped over a sign they had placed in the middle of the train platform walkway. With so many people milling around waiting to take the train ride, there was no way for her to see the long wooden sign feet sticking out in the middle of the walkway. She ended up tripping and falling, and spent the rest of the day in an emergency room with face, knee, and arm injuries. And the worst part of all is that the museum refused to pay ANY of her thousands of dollars in medical expenses resulting from the the fall. So if you go, be VERY careful of their slipshod safety practices. And if you get hurt, know in advance that they will not pay a penny to cover your medical expenses. We'll never go back.

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