North Carolina Transportation Museum

The North Carolina Transportation Museum is a 60-acre look into the past of the Southern Railroad’s steam locomotive repair facility in Spencer, North Carolina. The museum’s four large buildings include the Back Shop, the Master Mechanic’s Office, the Flue Shop, and the Bob Julian Roundhouse of the historic Spencer Shops. There are also auto and aviation exhibits.

The museum is open every day of the week except Monday. There is an admission fee for the museum; for twice this fee, visitors can also enjoy a 25-minute narrated train ride on the property, pulled by an antique diesel engine, in addition to viewing the museum exhibits.

Visitors can also (for additional fees) ride in the diesel cab with the engineer or ride the turntable. There are other on-site special programs (e.g., birthday caboose), tours, and events (e.g., Day Out with Thomas, Polar Express train ride).

Scenic day trip excursions are offered this year to Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 29 and to Toccoa, Georgia, on  October 30. The fare per person ranges from $160 to $1120, depending on amenities.

For more information about the North Carolina Transportation Museum and its offerings, visit the website at