Two Weekends of Easter Bunny Express Train Rides Begin March 31 at the N.C. Transportation Museum

Release date: 3/20/2012


SPENCER, N.C. – Train rides at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will have a seasonal twist starting March 31, with the Easter bunny riding the rails with parents and children. 
Easter Bunny Express train rides are offered March 31, April 1, 6 and 7. A big ending is planned April 7 with the annual Easter Egg Hunt and special treat for rail fans.
The Easter Bunny Express is a 25 minute train ride around the N.C. Transportation Museum, with the Easter bunny along for the fun. The furry friend will be handing out candy to the kids, taking pictures and meeting everyone. Kids can also get temporary tattoos in the museum Gift Station and make a craft to take home. 
Easter Bunny Express train rides are $12 for ages 3 and up. Ages 2 and under ride free. Museum member discounts apply. All tickets include museum admission.
A big finish to the event is planned April 7. In addition to Easter Bunny Express, the museum will host an Easter Egg Hunt for kids 0 – 10 years of age at 12:30 p.m. Eggs will be stuffed with small toys, candy and stickers. Children will be divided into groups by age. Golden eggs will be available for each age group, holding a special prize. Bring your own basket for the event.
A second train will be also added April 7, a rare sight for even the most dedicated rail fan. The museum’s caboose train will be pulled by two steam locomotives. Double heading the caboose train will be the Lehigh Valley Coal #126 and the Flagg #75 Steam Engine, working in tandem to pull five colorful cabooses.
Visitors can ride the Easter Bunny Express or the Caboose Train with their $12 ticket or both trains for $18.
Easter Bunny Express train rides are scheduled at 10, 10:45, 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. March 31, April 6 and 7. Sunday, April 1, rides will be offered at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. 
Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.nctrans.org, by phone at 704-636-2889 ext. 237 or at the Barber Junction Depot on the day of the event. 
 
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About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
 
About the Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.