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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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1:00 pm - 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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I Like Trains

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
Docky B
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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97 reviews 97 reviews
44 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Rural Retreat, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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
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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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