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North Carolina Transportation Museum

Address: 411 S. Salisbury Ave, US 70, Spencer, NC 28159
Phone Number: 704-636-2889
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Spencer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic railroads, Museums, Sightseeing Tours
Attraction details
Type: Scenic railroads, Museums, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Rural Retreat, Virginia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

My boy and I came down here two hours away from Virginia. We absolutely loved it. Great displays. Loved the train ride. Prices are very reasonable. Enjoyed the history. Wished we could have seen 611 being rebuilt. Will visit again!

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Longboat Key, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The N.C. Transportation Museum has a very fine collection of 20th Century motive power on hand. The operating trackage and the live steam train are great for children that otherwise would never see a real operating steam locomotive. One of the interesting aspects of this facility is that the museum has maintained much of the old Southern Railroad's Spencer Shops.... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We took our granddaughter and my brother, a train, collector, to ride the train, see the roundhouse and museum, and generally be in awe of the old steam locomotives and cabooses. My granddaughter, 5, was awe-struck when the conductor on the ride punched her ticket (memories of the Polar Express). We had a wonderful time! Lots of walking, but for... More 

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Columbia MO
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Enjoyed seeing all of the classic cars and artifacts related to Piedmont Air. Old train cars that you can walk through, and for $6.00 you can take an actual train ride.

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Elliston, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We visited for the Polar Express and were beyond thrilled with the service we received. The staff went above and beyond to make sure this was a magical experience for children of all ages. My daughter kept asking all weekend if we could just go back!

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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was an amazing experience! The staff were so helpful and friendly. Everyone was totally committed to making sure this Polar Express was enjoyed by everyone. The train ride is limited since it is inside the grounds of the museum but considering everything, that was a minor thing. Santa personally handed out the bells to each passenger. The chefs and... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

They said this was their first year of doing Polar Express, you would not have known it. It was a wonderful time. Every single staff member was friendly from beginning to end. Even the group of people in car#3 were so nice. No pushing or shoving and the adults moved out of the way to make room for the kids... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I visited the museum on a cool Saturday afternoon in November. After parking my car, I wasn't quite sure which way to go. There isn't much in the way of signage. I walked past the Polar Express and headed to the gift shop. I had to ask the cashier if there was an admission fee because there didn't seem to... More 

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West Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Cannot say enough about the Polar Express at the North Carolina Transportation Museum! Absolutely First Class presentation! Great for kids but even if you don't have kids, you will enjoy just the same! Great time and WILL DO AGAIN!

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This former Southern Railways facility is worth a stop anytime, but now until Spring 2015 is especially good. For the past 20 years, locomotive #611 has been on exhibit, not on excursion. Its last steam-powered trip was in 1994. Since then it has been housed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke as a static display. With N.C. Transportation... More 

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