Events Calendar

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2017 Calendar of Events

Feb. 10-11
Wine and Dine Valentine Train.  This special train features a cocktail hour inside the museum, a leisurely train ride around the 60-acre historic site, and a three course meal served by a top rated chef aboard the train.


March 2
Spring Train Rides. The museum’s train ride schedule expands as warmer weather arrives.  See reverse for full train ride schedule.

March 3 - 5
Boy Scout Rail Camp.   Boy Scout Rail Camp, the largest event of its type in the nation, includes three days and two nights with Boy Scouts camping on the museum grounds, earning merit badges, and much more.  Call 704-636-2889 ext. 258, for registration information and event details.

March 4
At the Throttle: Steam.  The N.C. Transportation Museum allows you the chance to step into the cab and take the throttle of the Lehigh Valley Coal #126. Visitors will enjoy a training session, then a half hour of time "at the throttle," living out a rail fan's dream.

March 10

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.

March 11
At the Throttle: Steam.  The N.C. Transportation Museum allows you the chance to step into the cab and take the throttle of the Lehigh Valley Coal #126. Visitors will enjoy a training session, then a half hour of time "at the throttle," living out a rail fan's dream.

March 18
At the Throttle: Steam.  The N.C. Transportation Museum allows you the chance to step into the cab and take the throttle of the Lehigh Valley Coal #126. Visitors will enjoy a training session, then a half hour of time "at the throttle," living out a rail fan's dream.

March 24-26

Girl Scout Rail Camp.  Due to the success of Boy Scout Rail Camp, the 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.  Call 704-636-2889 ext. 258, for information.

March 25
At the Throttle: Steam.  The N.C. Transportation Museum allows you the chance to step into the cab and take the throttle of the Lehigh Valley Coal #126. Visitors will enjoy a training session, then a half hour of time "at the throttle," living out a rail fan's dream.

March 31, April 1

Learning To Fly.  This aviation themed event features displays and different flight activities from the Wright Brothers to today.  Offered to school groups March 31st and to the public April 1st.


April 1
At the Throttle: Steam.  The N.C. Transportation Museum allows you the chance to step into the cab and take the throttle of the Lehigh Valley Coal #126. Visitors will enjoy a training session, then a half hour of time "at the throttle," living out a rail fan's dream.

April 7-8

Antique Tractors and Trains Day.  The Iron Peddlers Antique Tractor Club brings their collection of tractors and antique farm equipment for school groups April 7 and for the public April 8.

April 8-9
The N&W Class J #611 Steam Spring Excursions.  The Class J #611 powers our excursion to Lynchburg, Va. April 8. The Queen of Steam will then host two half-day round trips April 9, from Spencer to Charlotte and Spencer to Greensboro. 

April 8
At the Throttle: Steam.  The N.C. Transportation Museum allows you the chance to step into the cab and take the throttle of the Lehigh Valley Coal #126. Visitors will enjoy a training session, then a half hour of time "at the throttle," living out a rail fan's dream.

April 8-9, 14

Easter Bunny Express. The Easter Bunny Express is a 25-min train ride around the museum site with the 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 15
Easter Bunny Express Easter Egg Hunt and Steam Engine Caboose Train Rides. The annual Easter Egg Hunt will compliment the Easter Bunny Express. Plus, the Lehigh Valley Coal #126 steam locomotive will be pulling six colorful cabooses on the Caboose Train.  Ride either train, or both with a combo ticket.

April 21
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.

April 22
At the Throttle: Steam.  The N.C. Transportation Museum allows you the chance to step into the cab and take the throttle of the Lehigh Valley Coal #126. Visitors will enjoy a training session, then a half hour of time "at the throttle," living out a rail fan's dream.



May 6
Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show. Two wheelers take the stage, with a variety of makes and models of motorcycles displayed, from 1900 to 1996.

May 12-13
Historic Spencer Shops Train Show. This show features model trains, vendors, kids’ activities, modeling clinics, celebrities of railroading & much, more.  The show is full of fun and great items for you to peruse and purchase.  For exhibitor registration and info, call Marcus Neubacher at 704-636-2889 ext. 251.

May 13
National Train Day. Train lovers around the nation celebrate National Train Day each year at hundreds of locations across the country. We’ll celebrate at the N.C. Transportation Museum by offering special train ride, tours and children’s activities.

May 13
Lester J. Brown Antique Truck Historical Society Show. Hosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the Antique Truck Historical Society, this show features trucks of all makes and models at least 25 years old.

May 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 tales of Spencer Shops that defy reason and logical explanation. Tours are 90 minutes.


June 3
All Mopar Car Show. The Carolina Region Plymouth Car Club will display a grand collection of vehicles. The show includes 1st and 2nd places in 11 different categories, including Best of Show.

June 10

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.

June 24
Fire Truck Festival. Local and regional fire departments and fire truck collectors will join us for a huge gathering of antique and classic trucks, firefighting equipment, and demonstrations.  Now in its third year, the event represents one of the largest annual gatherings of fire trucks in the state.


July 1-2
Military through the Ages. See this gathering of military equipment, transportation, uniforms, and more during this themed walk through time.

July 22
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 5
All Ford Show. This car show is open to all Fords and all Ford orphans.  The largest of the museum's car shows, this event continues to grow each year, usually featuring more than 100 cars.  The event runs from 8am to 1pm.  Join in the fun! Register your vehicle by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

August 12
All GM Show. One week after the Fords are highlighted, GM vehicle owners get their chance! Come see this collectino of Chevys, Buicks, GMCs and Cadillacs in this museum run show.  Register your vehicle by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

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.


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 tales of Spencer Shops that defy reason and logical explanation. Tours are 90 minutes.