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.)

  • May 16:
    Lester J. Brown Memorial Antique Truck Show

    The N.C. Transportation Museum is the site of this annual show, hosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the Antique Truck Historical Society. The show features trucks of all makes and models at least 25 years old. Visitors may also visit the museum exhibits and take the on-site, narrated, 25 minute train ride for a "from the rails" view of this state historic site, the former Spencer Shops steam locomotive repair facility. Regular 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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