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North Carolina Transportation Museum

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Address: 411 S. Salisbury Ave, US 70, Spencer, NC 28159
Phone Number: 704-636-2889
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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A Nice Place to Visit

In my opinion this place is well worth the $6 per person (adult) admission charge. For an additional $5 you can take a 45 minute narrated train ride around the museum grounds... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Suffolk, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

In my opinion this place is well worth the $6 per person (adult) admission charge. For an additional $5 you can take a 45 minute narrated train ride around the museum grounds. Well worth the extra expense. Ample free parking and a well informed and friendly museum staff makes this is must stop. Allow 3-4 hours for a family friendly... More 

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Durham
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

A really fun place to visit. We rode the train with the Easter Bunny and it was fun for all. The museum is most interesting and warrants a return visit. More engaging than I anticipated.

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Harrisburg, North Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
35 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This place is a hidden gem. There is really NOTHING in Spencer. This is a historical center of the railroad history on the east coast. you can climb right up and see what the inside of a train actually looks like. Locomotives and cars on display. You can see the core of a motor. You can learn about mechanical operation.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited on a weekday so initially we had the entire museum to ourselves. (They open at 9 and we arrived at 9:30) Though it wasn't clearly marked for first-timers, free parking is right by the visitors station building where you also board the train if you choose to purchase the combination ticket. The museum is made up of several... More 

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High Point, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

What a wonderful place to visit. This place is great for all ages. The staff here are friendly and very informative. It was $12 for one person to ride the train and the museum. When we rode the train they had the easter bunny. The train ride was about 25 minutes or so. museum has from old trains to old... More 

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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129 reviews 129 reviews
25 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Living south east of Charlotte, it takes about an hour each way to reach the North Carolina Transportation Museum. Let me begin by stating that this is not just a train museum, as I had previously believed, but that's the part of the trip where you ride a real train part of the way. The area is inside a rail... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a wonderful museum. We visited to take the tour of the N&W 611 restoration project. It was a great tour. We also had lots of fun seeing the old cars and taking a train ride. Great place to visit.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
48 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is a great place to visit. You always see locomotives at a distance, but when you stand beside one it is really amazing. Allow about two to three hours for the visit, the neighborhood is nice, and the museum has a great gift shop. There is a moderate amount of walking.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

This museum offers more than one would assume. This little gem is tucked away just a couple miles from from US 85 in Spencer, NC and is worth stopping for. Don't let the small signs and lack of advertising dissuade you. The site is comprised of multiple buildings, each unique and memorizing. A stop at the Train Station allows you... More 

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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This museum is a nice little out of the ordinary place to stop. You can spend quite some time walking amongst the trains and learning about all the different types. There is a bit of walking to be done, and it should be noted that one should not go when the temps are barely out of the teens as there... More 

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