Visit the North Carolina Transportation Museum for year round activities that delight families, excite rail enthusiasts, and intrigue visitors from around the world. The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located on the site of the former Southern Railway steam locomotive repair facility in Spencer and contains an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a 37 stall roundhouse that includes 25 locomotives and other exhibit areas.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum encompasses 150,000 square feet of visual exhibits, hands on activities, thirty minute train rides around the site and rides on the restored turntable. Whether you visit the NCTM for a fun adventure with your family or a group learning experience, The North Carolina Transportation Museum will delight people of all ages!
The Bob Julian Roundhouse, the largest such restored structure in the United States, and the turntable that is used to direct locomotives and cars into the stalls of the Roundhouse, are popular attractions at the museum.
Everyone wants to ride in the caboose, and with this train, everyone can! An offering at special events, this is a train full of colorful cabooses. About a half dozen cabooses are pulled by one of classic diesel locomotives.
Historic Hand Pump
During some special events such as Rail Days, visitors can try their hand powering the hand pump car, once used to do track inspections.
Bumper to Bumper
The Bumper to Bumper exhibit is housed in the Flue Shop, where the pipes for steam engine boilers were once fabricated. The exhibit displays antique automobiles manufactured throughout the 20th century.
Every December, Santa treks down from the North Pole to visit children at the NCTM. Santa rides the train and he and his helper hand out treats to all the good little boys and girls.
A Day Out With Thomas
Thomas the Tank Engine visits the NCTM the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October, attracting throngs of young admirers. The little blue engine brings about 30,000 people to the site over two weekends.
Engine 2601 at Barber Junction
Visitors can take a ride on the museum's on-site train, pulled by antique diesel locomotives. The train leaves from Barber Junction Visitors Center, shown here, and takes visitors on a tour of the 57-acre site.
The museum couldn't function without volunteers, who do everything from operate the on-site train, to restore old rail cars and locomotives, to greet visitors and give tours and narrated train rides.
NCTM Annual Events
- Artrain USA
- Rowan Rides Free; Meet the Women In Transportation
- Studebaker Car Show
- Rail Days
- American Truck Historical Society Show
- Jay-Jay the Jet Plane (TM) Presents the "Wing Wigglin' Live"
Advance tickets purchase recommended
- Cub Scout Day
- Plymouth Club Car Show
- Day out with Thomas
Advance ticket purchase recommended
- Antique Automobile Club of America Show
- Trick or Train - Haunted Roadhouse Tours
Click here for complete event schedule!
May 1 - October 31
9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday
1pm - 5pm Sunday
November 1 - April 30
10am - 5pm
Tuesday - Saturday
1pm - 5pm Sunday
Admission is free.
Fee for train rides.
Group Rates Available. Groups are requested to make advance reservations.
The NC Transportation Museum is located just 2 miles off I-85 in Spencer, NC and within an hour drive of Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. Take exit 79 and follow the brown directional signs.
Call 704-636-2889 or
Toll Free at 877-NCTM-FUN