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 12, 26:
    At The Throttle

    The N.C. Transportation Museum's "At the Throttle" engineer experience starts in March, 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

  • April 12-13, 18-19:
    Easter Bunny Express

    The Easter Bunny Express is a 25-minute train ride at the museum, with the Easter bunny along for the ride. The furry friend will be handing out candy to the kids, taking pictures, and greeting everyone. Kids can get temporary tattoos in the Gift Station, and make a craft to take home.

  • April 19 ONLY:
    Easter Bunny Express Easter Egg Hunt

    The museum's massive Easter Egg Hunt will be held, along with the Easter Bunny Express on this special day.

  • April 20:
    Site is closed in observance of Easter Sunday

  • 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.

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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