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North Carolina Transportation Museum

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Address: 411 S. Salisbury Ave, US 70, Spencer, NC 28159
Phone Number:
+1 704-636-2889
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Easter Bunny Train Ride

Upon pulling up to the place saw why they say arrive an hour and half before train pulls off BECAUSE there is little parking in the paved parking lot and it was packed. Card were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tashawnda A
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Upon pulling up to the place saw why they say arrive an hour and half before train pulls off BECAUSE there is little parking in the paved parking lot and it was packed. Card were parked at the entrance in the grass all the way up to the depot on the grass, along side the pace area as well. My... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter and I went to see one of the few attractions in Spencer while visiting family. It's a large spot with lots of trains, cars, planes and trolley cars. It needs better signage but was fun to wander around on a nice day. They also have a 35 mi yet train ride. Overall we enjoyed it.

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Thank Debbie L
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff was nice enough and this would be something to see for train enthusiasts interested in history, but this was not something I would recommend for small children (who are the only ones really interested in the Easter Bunny, right?). We were advised to get in line 15 minutes before the posted departure time for the "25 minute ride".... More 

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Cheshire, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spencer, NC may be off the beaten path, but a stop here is worth every minute. Train enthusiasts, those who remember this as the mode of travel before planes, and/or a family who wants to introduce the past technology of transportation to our youth will be glad they came here. Spend a few hours; enjoy hands-on exhibits of all modes... More 

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Thank Fern P
Mount Airy, North Carolina
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this museum 20 years ago with my child's 1st grade class on a field trip. And again this year with a group of friends. We rode the train that takes you on a loop around the property. They had to add an extra trip to the schedule because there were so many people there. Girl Scouts troops were... More 

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Thank hondachick
Concord,
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my child to the Easter train this past weekend. It was our first trip. We will be back! All of the staff was super nice and helpful. The place was great!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Top my nine year old son. We were totally amazed at the awesome displays and the Huge old steam locomotives! The roundhouse was awesome! Definitely would come back for another visit!!

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Cleveland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place with so much history There are many train cars on site You can go on many of the cars Currently they have a nor folk and western 611 here Also have one of Northfolk Southern exhibit cars Has the train simulator in it They have a beautiful round house Definitely return here

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Thank lmcclain
Salisbury, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We only live five minutes away and decided to take our kids on the Polar Express event since it seemed to be a popular event. There is an additional fee when purchasing the tickets, regardless if you purchase online or on location. The woman explained it was required. It would have just made more sense to add that onto the... More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is a great historical train and transportation museum. Visited with the grand-kids and they really enjoyed it. Has lots of old locomotives, cars, and even a section on airplanes. It is located in the old Spencer Shops buildings which were Southern Railroad's largest train repair facility. The site is an active train restoration facility and you can watch dedicated... More 

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