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.

Upcoming Events

  • June 27 - 28:
    At the Throttle

    The Class J #611, the iconic steam engine that so recently returned to the rails, returns to Spencer following restoration. Here's your chance to get great pictures, enjoy throttle time, caboose rides, or cab rides in this amazing locomotive. Click here for more information and pricing.

  • August 1:
    All Ford Car Show

    The museum's 10th annual Ford show includes a great collection of Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Fairlanes, Lincolns, and Mercurys, along with Model A's and T's. The show starts at 9 a.m., with awards at noon.

  • August 8:
    All GM Car Show

    This fourth annual show will feature classic to modern Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Buicks, and more, including Corvettes, Camaros, Firebirds, Impalas, Bel Airs, and other GM greats. The show starts at 9 a.m., with an awards ceremony at noon.

  • August 22 - 23:
    Spencer Shops Train Show

    This show features model train layouts, vendors, kids' activities, modeling clinics, celebrities of the rail fan domain, and more. In its second year, this show is full of fun and great items to peruse and purchase. Call Leah Cook at (704) 636-2889 ext. 239 for more information.

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

(March 1- October 31)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

(November 1 - February 28)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
Noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

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