Events Calendar

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2017 Calendar of Events


August 19
Legends By Lantern Tours.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer Shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends, and tales of Spencer Shops that defy reason and logical explanation. Tours are 90 minutes.

August 19
National Aviation Day. The museum highlights aviation exhibits and work taking place to restore the Piedmont Airlines DC-3, while providing special activites for kids, like foam glider building, wind tunnel activites, coloring sheets and Wii aviation games.  Fly high at the N.C. Transportation Museum!


September 16
Legends By Lantern Tours.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer Shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends, and tales of Spencer Shops that defy reason and logical explanation. Tours are 90 minutes.

September 29 – October 1, October 6-8
Day Out With Thomas™.  Thomas and Percy share duties pulling the passenger and caboose trains.  Visitors can meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy live music, see magic performances, and enjoy games and activities spread across the museum’s 60-acre site.  Tickets go on sale April 1. 


October 14
AACA Car Show.  The Antique Auto Club of America hosts this member's only car show featuring an amazing collection of antique cars of all makes and models.

October 20
Legends By Lantern Tours.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer Shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends and Spencer Shops, illustrated by our extensive collection of vintage railroad equipment. Tours are 90 minutes.

October 27-29
Boy Scout Rail Camp.  Boy Scout Rail Camp, the largest event of its type in the nation, includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds. Troops will learn how a diesel-electric locomotive develops power, how to identify different types of railcars, the importance of railroad signals and railroad safety. Troops will also learn about modern railroad companies and planning a trip by rail. Boy Scout Rail Camp is also a great opportunity for scouts to interact, camping alongside each other and working together to earn their Railroading Merit Badges. Flag raising and lowering ceremonies and a campfire program are also part of the fun.


November 4
Cub Scout Day.  Cub Scouts visit the museum for a day of exclusive activities, earning their custom N.C. Transportation Museum pocket patch.

November 17-18, 24-26
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  “All Aboard” The Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life  as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Experience the joy of holiday entertainment that will surely become an annual tradition for the whole family. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas.



December 1-3, 8-10, 14-22
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  “All Aboard” The Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life  as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Experience the joy of holiday entertainment that will surely become an annual tradition for the whole family. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas.





2018 Events



February 9-10
Wine and Dine on the Rails.  Passengers on our special train will enjoy dinner and drinks as the train moves throughout the museum's 60 acre historic site.  Enjoy a cocktail hour before the ride and an amazing meal on board!

February 20
Piedmont Airlines Day.  Winston-Salem based Piedmont Airlines launched its first passenger flight on this day 70 years ago today!  With the Piedmont Airlines DC-3 renovation at full steam, we’ll be showing off the final stages of the restoration and honoring the airline that grew out of the heart of the state’s piedmont region.
 

February 23-25
Boy Scout Rail Camp.  Boy Scout Rail Camp, the largest event of its type in the nation, includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds. Troops will learn how a diesel-electric locomotive develops power, how to identify different types of railcars, the importance of railroad signals and railroad safety. Troops will also learn about modern railroad companies and planning a trip by rail. Boy Scout Rail Camp is also a great opportunity for scouts to interact, camping alongside each other and working together to earn their Railroading Merit Badges. Flag raising and lowering ceremonies and a campfire program are also part of the fun.


March 1
Spring Train Rides.  The museum’s train ride schedule expands and warmer weather moves in.

March 16-18

Girl Scout Rail Camp.  Due to the success of Boy Scout Rail Camp, the N.C. Transportation Museum will now be offering its first ever Girl Scout Rail Camp. Girl Scouts and leaders of every level are invited to camp on the museum’s 60-acre site, while earning the “Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Heritage” Girl Scout patch.

March 24-25, March 30-31
Easter Bunny Express. Easter Bunny along for the fun. Our furry friend will be handing out candy, posing for pictures, and meeting everyone. Kids can also get temporary tattoos in the Gift Station and make a take home craft.



April 13-14
Antique Tractor Show. The Iron Peddlers Antique Tractor Club, collectors, and other groups will bring out their tractors and antique farm equipment.  Friday, April 13 is geared toward school groups, while Saturday, April 14, the event opens to the public.

April 20-21
Learning To Fly.  This high-flying aviation event features displays and flight activities from the Wright Brothers Flyer to modern aircraft of today.  The event is geared toward school groups on Friday, April 20 and for the public April 21.



May 5
Triad Classic Motorcycle Show. The two wheelers take the stage, with a variety of makes and models of motorcycles displayed, from 1900 to 1997.

May 12
Historic Spencer Shops Train Show, Membership Day, National Train Day. Train lovers will be celebrating National Train Day at the N.C. Transportation Museum, offering special train rides, tours and children’s activities. Members are invited to enjoy this event free, with special activities just for them. The Historic Spencer Shops Train Show will feature all sorts of railroad memorabilia, model trains, and much more for sale.  Now held in the museum’s Back Shop, this train show is under cover, moderately climate controlled, and a great event for collectors.



June 9
All Mopar Car Show. The Carolina Region Plymouth Car Club will display a grand collection of vehicles.  The show begins at 9 a.m. with awards at noon.  The show includes 1st and 2nd places in 11 different categories, Best of Show awards and much more.

June 12
Summer Train Ride Schedule Begins. Train rides are offered each day the museum is open, Tuesday through Sunday.

June 23
Fire Truck Festival.
 
The N.C. Transportation Museum is home to the largest annual gathering of fire trucks for display in the state of North Carolina. This event brings together antique and modern trucks from fire departments and fire truck collectors from across the southeast.  Enjoy a huge event that shows off fire fighting equipment, honors firefighters for their service, and more!