North Carolina Transportation Museum

Transportation – Industry

Discover the people and machines that have moved North Carolina. Located on the site of Southern Railway's former steam locomotive repair facility Spencer Shops, this is where locomotives that hauled Southern's passenger trains and freight trains filled with North Carolina furniture, textiles, tobacco, and produce were serviced from 1896 to the late 1970's. Up to 3,000 people once worked here but today visitors can see an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a roundhouse with 25 locomotives. Continued

Information & Exhibits

Friends of the Museum

The Mission of the North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation at Historic Spencer Shops is to preserve and interpret the history of transportation in North Carolina and to present this history in a manner that allows visitors to enjoy their experience as well as learn from it.

Transportation Museum Information

Contact Us

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Phone: (704) 636-2889; Fax: (704) 639-1881
411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, N.C. 28159
GPS: 35.68717933120, -80.43469621250

Hours of Operation

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Regular Train Rides

Thurs. and Fri.: 10:30, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm
Saturday: 10:30, 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30 pm
Sunday: 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm

Regular Museum Admission*

Adults: $6
Seniors/Military: $5
Children 3 to 12: $4
Children 2 and Under: FREE

Admission Plus Train Ride*

Adults: $12
Seniors/Military: $10
Children 3 to 12: $8
Children 2 and Under: FREE

*NC state sales tax applies
*Events may have special admission
prices and different schedules (Day
Out With Thomas, THE POLAR BEAR
EXPRESS Train Rides, etc.)

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