North Carolina Transportation Museum

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North Carolina Transportation Museum
The North Carolina Transportation Museum ( reporting mark NCMX) is a transport museum in Spencer, North Carolina. The museum is largely devoted to the state's railroad history, however its collection also includes exhibits of automobiles and aircraft. The museum is located at the former Southern Railway's 1896-era Spencer Shops.

The museum was founded in 1977, when the Southern Railway deeded 4 acres (16,000 m 2) of land to the state of North Carolina for a transportation museum. Two years later, another 53 acres (210,000 m 2) was added to the original donation; the entirety of the railway's largest former steam locomotive repair shops. The museum is currently undergoing a major renovation which will increase its size and number of exhibits. Several bays of the Spencer Shops roundhouse are devoted to restoring locomotives and rolling stock in the museum collection. Restoration work is done by volunteers.

Heritage railroad
The museum has a heritage railroad which operates passenger excursion trains several times per day during the tourist season. Trains are powered by either steam or diesel locomotives from the museum's collection. Cab rides can be purchased for $10 (diesel locomotives only). Visitors may also purchase tickets to ride the roundhouse turntable on selected days, demonstrated in the video link below.

The roster contains almost 30 locomotives, but only these 10 have ever seen service on the Spencer Southern RR.

  • Graham County 3-truck shay # 1925
  • Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 # 4/Spencer (Southern) 2-8-0 # 604
  • Southern 2-8-0 # 542
  • Seaboard Air Line 2-10-0 # 544

  • Southern E8A-Unit # 6900
  • Norfolk & Western GP9 # 620
  • Atlantic Coast Line E3A-Unit # 501
  • Southern GP30 # 2601
  • Southern FP7-Unit # 6133
  • US Navy switcher # 65-00556
  • Duke Power Plymouth switcher # 5951
  • Beaufort & Morehead H12-44 # 1860
  • Norfolk Southern Railway (former) #1616


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