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North Carolina Transportation Museum

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Address: 411 S. Salisbury Ave, US 70, Spencer, NC 28159
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+1 704-636-2889
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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Exciting Easter Express Fun

We went here with our 10 yr old and our almost 2 yr old. Easter weekend 2016...lots and lots of people. We had to pay extra after we had already paid online through a site but... read more

Reviewed March 26, 2016
Hickory, NC
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Hickory, NC
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85 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

We went here with our 10 yr old and our almost 2 yr old. Easter weekend 2016...lots and lots of people. We had to pay extra after we had already paid online through a site but because it was extra activities this day we had to pay more. But they had the Easter bunny, face painting, bounce houses and egg... More 

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High Point, North Carolina
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53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2016

Perhaps this was a nice attraction back in the day......but no more. Would be ok if this was a free "roadside attraction" - but $12 pp to see a few trains simply wasn't worth it. I kept thinking the "museum" was the large enclosed warehouse - when this turned out to be a restoration area where you couldn't see very... More 

Thank obxpanther
Nashville, Tennessee
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197 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

The NC Transportation Museum is a must see when in Rowan County NC. See an actual railroad roundhouse and train cars and engines from the past. They also have other types of transportation vehicles as well. Great place to take the kids.

Thank G4flyfish
Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2016

A friend of mine recommended me to come here during my visit to North Carolina since I'm a train kinda guy. I must say, for all volunteers and regular employeers that spend their time there, they make the museum worth what you're paying for and actually want to explore the entire property. I was a tad surprised however that the... More 

Thank Alex S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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151 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2016

I stopped in on a Wednesday morning in February when there were tornado warnings and I recommend these conditions if you want to avoid crowds. As far as the museum itself, as others have said, it's based around trains, as it should be because it turns out, Spencer has a deep history in being a railroad steam engine repair facility.... More 

1 Thank Paul507
Greensboro, North Carolina
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went on a Saturday with our 20 month old son who loves trains. We arrived in time for the 11 am train ride. It was more busy than I expected, which was good to see. The train filled up and they ran another ride right afterwards. The train ride was nice, felt like a normal passenger... More 

1 Thank spiritcoke
Charlotte, North Carolina
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184 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

We visited to ride the Polar Express on a Saturday evening. We decided to do the 5:30 train be use of the children and at that time it would be dark so not to see what was sitting around outside of the train as we went down the track. The kids loved all there was to do. We arrived early... More 

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Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

Best place to go for a day. Very affordable and nicely done. Just wish they would change it up every once in awhile. . .

Thank Nik C
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65 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Ultimately, I have mixed feelings about the Polar Express ride. Overall I can say my family had a good time. The train does go backward and you do see the "North Pole" while going backward before actually "arriving". This was tough when the children questioned it. The staff did a great job overall - especially the actors on the train.... More 

2 Thank carolinacalm
Safety Harbor, Florida
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115 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2015

For the price I expected more! The train ride was short, through walled off areas and parts depots. The short stop at the north pole and "show" were not at all enticing; my grandson was bored and ready to get back on the train. The only highlight was Santa getting on the train and passing out bells to the children.... More 

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