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North Carolina Transportation Museum

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Address: 411 S Salisbury Ave, US 70, Spencer, NC 28159-2238
Phone Number: 704-636-2889
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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Great place for families and photographers too!

Our local camera club gathered at the NC Transportation Museum to catch a few photo's of the circa 1941 "611 - J Class" Steam Engine. At the NC facility for a final inspection... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our local camera club gathered at the NC Transportation Museum to catch a few photo's of the circa 1941 "611 - J Class" Steam Engine. At the NC facility for a final inspection before going back 'home' to Roanoke, VA. Lot's to see and do at this Spencer, NC attraction including a short train ride for the kids and the... More 

Thank MGordonCharlotte_NC
hickory, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We has a fun day at the museum. Train ride and seeing cars and bikes. Great for all ages. There is alot of trains from many eras in history. Be aware- you are mostly outside. We went in July. It was hot!! Great family outing.

Thank kidpartiesRus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for those interested in railroad history. This museum is actually a working rail yard and restoration shop. Exhibits are frequently moved so the experience is different each time you go. Many rare and one of a kind locomotives and rolling stock. Some of the artifacts are restored to brand new condition and others are in various states... More 

Thank Mark M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did this trip for our sons 6th birthday and had a fabulous day! Worth every penny! You will not be disappointed!

Thank Jessica E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Museum is situated about 45 min NE of Charlotte off I-85 in Spencer. Museum provides a lot of insight to Southern Rail Heritage and was a great visit. We drove from FL specifically for the 2nd annual firetruck show. Fire show was highly publicized but was not as large as the advertising made it seem. Train rides were fun and... More 

Thank FPM14405
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We went here Friday and it was Amazing! Loved it here. So many interesting things. The train ride was nice. In the Roundhouse, you can watch a short 15 minute video about the history of the place. Worth the watch! It really makes the experience so much better!

Thank A G
Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Hi. This is a great place. They have a train you can ride. They have one of those round things that turns the engines around and it is used just to show you. Thy have an inside and outside museum too. Plan to append 2-4 hours.

Thank alanh45953
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

I like trains and I have been coming here for years and years since I have worked extensively in this part of the State. My latest visit was more for my grandson's benefit since he wants to come visit Thomas the Tank Engine during it's next visit. I enjoy all the exhibits and all the rolling stock at the yard.

Thank Frank d
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The building and the displays are top notch. And when I found out it is all volunteer it is even more amazing. So much history preserved right there. And when a few of those huge steam locomotives fired up...WOW! A Must See for train buffs and history buffs!

Thank Charles S
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Enjoyed the fire truck gathering as well as the bonus in seeing the N&W 611. The displays are great and a short trip on a Southern engine is available. The rolling stock is nice as well.

Thank Pam L

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