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

  • 611 Restoration Tours
    The N.C. Transportation Museum and the Fire Up 611! Committee offer you the chance to witness history returning to life. 611 Restoration tours will include a brief presentation of the history and restoration of the Class J 611 Locomotive, as well as a walk-through of the 611 restoration area for an up-close look at the work in progress. These special one hour tours take place each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:30 pm, and are limited to 30 visitors. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, children (ages 3-12), and active military. (Tour cost is in addition to regular museum admission.)

  • March 27:
    School's Out Day Camp

    Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    This day camp, scheduled during teacher workdays and other days when students are out of school, offers a fun, safe, and educational environment. Kids will learn while having a great time. Parents will know their child is safe and spending the day at a great place, the N.C. Transportation Museum.Reservations are required. Programs include games, science experiments and hands on activities. Contact June Hall to reserve a spot at 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

  • March 28-29 and April 3-4:
    Easter Bunny Express

    Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm
    The Easter Bunny Express is a 25 minute train ride around the N.C. Transportation Museum, with the Easter bunny along for the fun. The furry friend will be handing out candy to the kids, taking pictures and meeting everyone. Kids can also get temporary tattoos in the museum Gift Station and make a craft to take home. It happens over two full weekends, March 28-29 and April 3, 4. On April 4th only, the event adds a few special extras, as the Lehigh Valley Steam #126 will be pulling the museum's caboose train as well. Visitors can buy combo tickets that allow them to ride both trains. We will also host the huge museum Easter Egg hunt April 4th, with areas divided by age, making sure everyone gets to take home something special.

  • April 11:
    Antique Tractors and Trains

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    The N.C. Transportation Museum hosts this annual event that combines vintage and antique trains and antique and vintage farming equipment. Hosted by the Iron Peddlers Antique Tractor Club, the group will hold a social meet-and-greet that includes a great display of antique trains and farming equipment. The event also includes a Kiddie Tractor Pull, always a favorite for the kids. In addition, families can purchase museum admission and take a train ride for a full day of family fun and cool things to see. Regular museum admission prices apply.

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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