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North Carolina Transportation Museum

411 S. Salisbury Ave, US 70, Spencer, NC 28159
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Spencer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Scenic Railroads
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Bloomington, IN
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Our family enjoyed this interesting and very extensive museum, with several caveats. My 7-year old son really loved the huge building that housed all the model trains (I'm not talking about the one next to the gift shop). However, many of the buildings are not air-conditioned, and it is not handicapped-friendly at all. That makes it a place where you... More

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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was searching a day trip to take with hubby. I really thought he would get more out of it than me. I loved it! I guess I never had been up close and personal with trains. They are so big and the variety they have to look at is quite interesting. Don't forget your camera! Great place to take... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We visited here twice in the last several months, once by ourselves and once to introduce another couple to the attraction. The train ride is worth the extra few bucks, if only to be able to sit and relax for a while. Be sure to take your time to see all there is to see. And, in the roundhouse, be... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
63 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Expansive site includes rare restored roundhouse, multiple exhibit buildings, 25 min train ride. Impressive, attractive presentation of restored locomotives (diesels, electrics, steam, diesel electrics) inclding interesting cars like Doris Duke's private rail car and a tank engine. Also stocks cars, replica Wright Brothers flyer, etc. Can see various vehicles under restoration in large shop building (but can't get close to... More

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Stillwater, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I had a great time at Streamliners at Spencer! I had never been to the museum before, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really plan on coming back not during an event to explore the grounds and exhibits more. But the event was really well constructed and well run. If I lived closer I would certainly visit more often! The... More

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Morristown, Tennessee
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had a great time at the museum.. It was reasonably priced. The day we went was HOT but it was also July 1st.. We were impressed with the Round House..

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Durham, North Carolina
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363 reviews 363 reviews
217 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I would have rated our experience excellent but our 25 minute train ride (pulled by a vintage diesel engine) was cut short due to some type of problem that was never explained to us (they should have offered to refund half of the $ for the ride). It also felt like a million degrees in the train car we were... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My wife and I went while we were killing time while our daughter was at student orientation at UNC-Charlotte. I had always wanted to see it and since we had a half day to kill, my wife reluctantly agreed to go along. After we were finished, she admitted that she was pleasantly surprised and thought it was very well done... More

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Santee, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The 55+ acres house a late 19th century rail station, roundhouse, and various other repair buildings. There is a 25-minute train ride and lots to see. The gift shop has RR memorabilia that you cannot find anywhere else as well as several out-of-print books on the subject. There is also a good display of antique cars. A fun day!

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East Syracuse, New York
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231 reviews 231 reviews
126 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Transportation is in the form of automobiles, locomotives, a few moyorcycles and horse drawn wagons dating from the 1850's or before. After admissions first check outside for train related items. The gift shop is a wonder, much yrain related items. The gift shop leads to two autos , three wagons and early 1900's horse drawn road grading machine. The Bumper... More

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