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

  • August 2:
    Ford Car Show

    Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon
    One of the the museum's largest shows, this one features a great collection of Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Fairlanes, Model A's and T's, as well as classic Lincolns and Mercurys.

  • August 9:
    The Art of Car Design

    Learn about the design of Detroit steel by examining the museum's automobile exhibits - from turn of the century steam and electric vehicles, the museum's own "Tin Lizzy" Ford, to classic Buicks and more. Model cars featuring designs through the 20th century, and the All GM Car Show will fill out the event, which includes a scavenger hunt for the kids. The Art of Car Design is self-guided, and runs through the day. Check in at the Barber Junction Visitors Center for a map and information.

  • August 9:
    All GM Car Show

    Saturday, 9 am - 12 om
    This third annual show features classic to modern Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Buicks, and more. Corvettes, Camaros, Firebirds, Impalas, Bel Airs, and other GM vehicles will fill the property. Starts at 9 a.m., with an awards ceremony at noon.

  • August 23-24:
    Historic Spencer Shops Train Show

    This show features model train layouts, vendors, kids' activities, modeling clinics, celebrities of the rail fan domain, and much more. Now in its second year, this event is full of fun and great items to peruse and purchase. Call (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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