Classroom and Traveling Programs at the Museum

Classes are available Tuesday – Friday from 9am – 5pm. Classes last approximately 30 minutes. Limited to 25 students per class.


Traveling Trunk: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th

Learn about the history of railroading in North Carolina, railroad jobs, the development of the railroad, and more. Trunk comes with an engineer's outfit, conductor’s hat, interactive programs, teacher's handbook and Power Point presentation. The Traveling Trunk meets N.C. Dept. of Learning standards for 3rd, 4th and 8th graders. The Traveling Trunk is available for on-site demonstrations or it can be rented by teachers for offsite demonstrations for free. Teachers can pick up the trunk from the museum. For more information contact LeAnne Johnston at 704.636.2889, ext. 258 or e-mail LeAnne at

Spencer Shops HO Layout Demonstration: 6th,7th, 8th, 9th, 10th 
Experience the history of Spencer Shops with a hands on demonstration. Students are taught about the transition from steam to diesel here at Spencer Shops through an interactive HO Scale Train Layout. Students will get an opportunity to run the train layout and see how a yard puts a train consist together and how a turntable works by operating it on the layout.


Operation Lifesaver: All Ages

Look, Listen and Live! Railroads are still very active in North Carolina, and can be very dangerous. Handouts and visual aids teach students safety around trains and railroad tracks. Also available for offsite demonstration.

What Is Transportation:  Pre-Kindergarten

There are many ways of going places. Students are introduced to the concept of transportation and the variety of ways of moving people and goods.

Map Skills, Time Zones and the Railroads: Third Grade and Up

Map Skills: Knowing where you are going is an important part of transportation. This program allows students to use maps to interpret symbols, legends, directions, and develop map-reading skills. Students use mathematics to plan their own trip by car.

Time Zones and the Railroad: The railroad made standard time a necessity. Airplanes made switching time zones a common occurrence. This program discusses the history and math of keeping time.