N.C. Transportation Museum | Spencer, NC
Located conveniently between Charlotte and Greensboro, just a few short miles from Salisbury is a remarkable destination for a Carolina Adventure. The North Carolina Transportation Museum is situated on 57 acres, with four large exhibit buildings and special events for all ages. Train enthusiasts will love the railroad history and massive machines on display. Barber Junction Visitor Center, a real railroad depot, was moved to the museum in 1980 and stills serves as a passenger depot for departing on-site train rides.
The fully-restored 37-stall Bob Julian Roundhouse, is the jewel in the transportation museum’s crown, housing a large collection of restored steam and diesel locomotives, cabooses, private rail cars, a U.S. Army hospital car and more. The Roundhouse also houses a large aviation exhibit, including a replica of the Wright Brothers Flyer.
Walking back from the Roundhouse to the Visitor Center, visitors will find their trip is hardly complete without a stop in the Bumper to Bumper exhibit for a look at the antique automobiles and, of course, a stop at the Gift Station for a souvenir.
WOW Factor: The museum is impressive in its scale, from towering locomotives, to the expansive campus, to the Bob Julian Roundhouse, the largest standing roundhouse in the country. The Back Shop, currently under restoration, was the largest industrial building in North Carolina when it was built by Southern Railway in 1905 to repair its steam locomotives. A viewing platform at one entrance to the building offers visitors a chance to sneak a peek at the building’s impressive architecture and some of the large-scale artifacts currently in storage there.
Hint: It’s worth a visit any time of year, but for train enthusiasts, a perfect Carolina Adventure can be found here in October, when the museum sponsors two Autumn Train Excursions, to Charlottesville or Asheville. They are very popular so make plans early if you want to enjoy one or both of these day long trips.
Learn more at: NC Transportation Museum: www.nctrans.org
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