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

  • April 25:
    Home School Day

    The museum hosts this special day for home schoolers and their families. Train rides, learning stations, close-up looks at exhibits, and more are featured. Advance reservations required.

  • April 26:
    At The Throttle

    The N.C. Transportation Museum's "At the Throttle" engineer experience returns, with participants taking the reins of the "Iron Horse" and living out their dreams of operating a vintage steam locomotive. So far, tickets have been sold across North and South Carolina, from as nearby as the museum's hometown of Spencer, to one participant making the trek from Del Mar, California. Availability is becoming limited, so order your tickets today! At the Throttle rides are $150 /session. Members of the N.C. Transportation Museum receive a discount. Rides can also be scheduled by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 257 or 237 or by emailing or

  • May 3:
    Annual Carolina Classic
    Motorcycle Show

    This show features motocycles of all makes and countries, created between 1900 and 1993. Museum admission applies.

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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