The North Carolina Transportation Museum
My husband insisted on visiting this museum and I am glad we did. It was our daughter's first train experience. Of course, my husband enjoyed the classics and my son could not wait to get his hands on everything he can touch on an old train. I enjoyed reading the history behind each artifact and of course admiring the beauty in the craftsmanship of each car, train and plane.
Very nice walking tour. Volunteers run the train, great job! Very educational toy of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. For $12 tour and train ride is a bargain! Resting place for rare 2-10-0! Train enthusiast will know what that means?
Been going here since I was a kid! I always had a great time. Just recently took my daughter for the first time. She had a blast!! They have expanded so much over the years. Very happy at what they have done
PHIL'S WORLD TRAVEL
Spencer Came by Train Once the largest steam locomotive repair center in the region, a so-called back shop, this facility was named after the first president of the Southern Railway Samuel Spencer. The complex consisted of a machine shop, a storehouse and office building, a wood working shop and a combined smith and boiler shop. Even a separate power plant was part of it! An automobile repair facility existed there as well as a huge 37-bay roundhouse, and over 2,500 employees found work there. The town of Spencer, NC was developed in 1905 to become home to the complex and it workers. So if you are an enthusiast of or are just interested in railway history in general and in respective technologies in particular this place is definitely for you! The museum is like an hour out of Charlotte, NC and you can enjoy a historic train ride and tour some most interesting exhibits with railway relics on the 60-acre site. Families with children are invited to spend a "Day Out With Thomas", the classic storybook engine there... The only thing we missed was a somewhat higher quality of the gift shop merchandise. We at PHIL'S WORLD TRAVEL recommend a visit to the the NC Museum of Transportation to everyone visiting this region.
It's a fun museum, friendly staff and a lot to look at. However it could use some attention, there are displays where the buttons or lights do not work. Most of the car exhibit had signs where there was supposed to be information on what you were looking at but they were blank.