For Educators

North Carolina Transportation Museum

Education is a primary goal at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. A number of programs are offered to tour groups. In addition to 150,000 square feet of visual exhibits, hands-on activities are available, as are thirty-minute train rides around the site and rides on a restored turntable. Visitors who are here after the last train ride of the day can see the engine run onto the turntable and into the Roundhouse, where it remains for the night on cool evenings. A full calendar of special events is offered, including temporary exhibits. The museum continues to grow, and when completed it will occupy more than 250,000 square feet of restored and renovated structures on fifty-seven acres.

School and Educational Groups

Teachers may schedule group tours for their students.

Teachers may also request a teacher packet that includes detailed information on group visits and guided tours. 

Reduced Rates for School and Educational Groups
(A group must have at least 15 people to receive reduced fares)

Call June Hall for more information on pricing: 704-636-2889 ext. 268, or email june.hall@ncdcr.gov

Guided school programs are offered with a variety of themes and grade levels on different subject matters. Space is in high demand during school months. Church groups and home schools are encouraged to visit after lunch. Call (704)636-2889 early for reservations and group rates. No charge for school programs (excluding train/turntable). Self-guided tours of the museum's three exhibit areas are available daily.

Train rides

A 25-minute ride around the 57-acre museum property is available. See fees below. The train ride schedule is:

April 1 through Labor Day (diesel Mon.-Fri.; steam on weekends)

  • Mon.-Sat.: 11 a.m.; 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • Sun.: 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.

September through mid-December (diesel only)

  • Sat.: 11 a.m.; 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • Sun.: 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.
Turntable Rides
Ride the 100-foot-long turntable which moves the locomotives from one track to another. See fees below.
Video Program
The 15-minute video Spencer Shops details the history of the shops, the town, the wreck of Old 9, and more.
Slide Show
The 13-minute slide program, housed in a railroad refrigerator car, details the history of transportation in North Carolina.