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.)

  • February 21:
    Piedmont Airlines Day

    Saturday, 1 - 3 pm
    On a day honoring the history and employees of Winston-Salem based Piedmont Airlines, the museum will proudly welcome Capt. Cheryl Peters, the company's first female pilot. In 1974, Peters, a former stewardess, completed her training and took to the skies, flying passengers across the southeast. Her story will be followed by a restoration tour of the Piedmont Airlines DC-3, the Potomac Pacemaker, led by retired Piedmont and US Airways Capt. Bill Wilkerson. The program begins at 1 p.m. Regular museum admission applies ($6 for adults, $5 for seniors/active military, $4 for children 3-12).

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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