Museum Offers New Behind The Scenes Tour

Release date: 9/26/2012

The North Carolina Transportation Museum, located at Historic Spencer Shops in Spencer N.C., announces a new tour of its extensive facilities.


WINGS, WHEELS AND RAILS is an in-depth, detailed, guided tour into every aspect of the museum, visiting locations and seeing sights not open to the general public.


WINGS, WHEELS and RAILS tours include the Back Shop, where participants will see restoration work on the Piedmont Airlines DC-3, take a look at the museum’s fire apparatus and some of the site’s classic automobile collection.  Visitors will also get a close-up look at the design, displays and inner workings of the Bob Julian Roundhouse, including the full size replica Wright Flyer and the locomotive maintenance and restoration areas.


At each stop, museum staff and volunteers will present a detailed and “hands on” explanation

of the artifacts and facilities.  Visitors will also experience the on-site train ride, and take a spin on the 1924 turntable.


This tour is limited to 20 participants and is about four hours in length.  Those taking the tour are required to wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing.  Due to extensive walking, climbing and low clearances in some areas, the tour is not easily accessible to those with mobility issues.  Please inform the person booking your tour if those issues exist within your group.  Tours occur rain or shine.


Tours are $50/participant, non-refundable and paid in advance.  The first of these tours is Oct. 20, with other dates to be announced.  Please contact LeAnne Johnson at 704-636-2889 ext. 258 or email for details.