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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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Awesome History in Motion

Loved visiting the NC Transportation Museum located in beautiful Spencer. The exhibit areas are ultra interesting and the roundhouse is amazing! The train ride was very fun and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved visiting the NC Transportation Museum located in beautiful Spencer. The exhibit areas are ultra interesting and the roundhouse is amazing! The train ride was very fun and informative. Looking forward to going back when the steam engine is being used! 😊

Thank TravelingAngelaDawn
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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239 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was excited to take my parents here because my dad loves trains. I went on line and looked to see about how far it is to walk, because my dad had a bum knee and can't walk a real long ways. I read where it says you can drive to see part of it. We get there and they... More 

Thank Valerie D
Charleston, West Virginia
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took a weekend trip to the NC Transportation Museum for the Day out with Thomas and Percy. Spencer is a beautiful little town and the museum is very nice, but spending the day with Thomas and Percy was a blast! This is a must-do for families with children. The best thing of the day was seeing the roundabout!

Thank LindzRRT
Augusta, Georgia
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We paid extra for the dome car and was so disappointed. The seats were like sitting at a booth in an eating establishment. We had no where to put our purse or the lunch bags we had brought along. We just sat at a table all day. Breakfast was not great but dinner was pretty good. We were on the... More 

Thank Nancy G
London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On searching for museums to visit on a trip to the Charlotte area this place came near the top. Being a secret fan of anything to do with transportation and automobilia i figured i should add it to my list. It's a bit of a trek from Charlotte but nothing to worry about, i tied it in with a visit... More 

Thank Nickyboy77
Asheville, North Carolina
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very disappointed with the entrance and parking situation. Disability parking was no where near or convient to to the check in area. No signs were available to tell where the gift shop was. The gift shop is the alternative check in during the renovations. Construction workers told us what area to walk toward. After finding the gift shop we were... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband is a steam buff and has been wanting to do a repeat visit. The locomotives are in the roundhouse and part of it is closed off for a restoration shop. Very nice visit but disappointed that they can no longer offer rides behind steam engines. Also has a car display that was very well done.

Thank dbf27
Burnsville, North Carolina
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201 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here to take my son to ride the train. The train takes you around the property and back. They have several old steam engines to view and some older diesel engines as well. They have several cars and trucks on display too. Neat old stuff to look at.

Thank barnett202
Elon, Nc
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

It was raining when we arrived. The inside of the train is in mediocre condition (torn seats, leaky roof). The "train ride" is simply going forward and reverse on a short track. The must have timed the 25 minute ride from the time we arrived because it certainly wasn't that long. Everything in the gift shop is overpriced as are... More 

1 Thank johnnyaa
Gainesville, Georgia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I was planning a trip for my 5 year old to see Thomas. Tickets were purchased. Now a hurricane is scheduled to make landfall there on the day we were to arrive. I understand the "rain or shine" policy, but figured the location would make a concession for a state of emergency. Not only would it be a 5-hour drive... More 

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