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 will be led by Preston Claytor, Chairman of the Fire Up 611! Committee or Cheri George, volunteer fireman for the Class J 611. Both are experts in the history and restoration of this locomotive icon. 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.)

  • September 26 - 28, October 3 - 5:
    Day Out With Thomas

    Day Out With Thomas is an opportunity for kids to ride with their favorite tank engine, Thomas, as well as meet Sir Topham Hatt and have fun at Imagination Station. This year, Thomas is joined by Percy, featuring caboose train rides. Tickets are on sale now, through the North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation.

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

Return to top of page