NC Transportation Museum

Spencer, NC

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Address: 411 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159, USA How do we get there? Number: (704) 636-2889
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All aboard!  You won't want to miss the train!  You would think at the NC 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 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! 

Activity location


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!

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How much does it cost?



$6 ($12 with train ride)



Ages 3 - 12: $4 ($8 with train ride)



Senior / Active Military $5 ($10 with train ride)


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3 years


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NC Transportation Museum FAQ’s

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!

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.

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.

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.

Take comfortable shoes! There is a lot of walking!

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