Train Rides

Our 25-minute train ride, which offers a narrated tour of the 60-acre site, is pulled by an antique diesel engine. The train runs on a seasonal schedule.  Check below to see when train rides are available..

             


Train Ride Schedule

January and February
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

March 2 through June 11
Thursday-Friday, 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:30, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m

Sundays, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13 through September 3
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 2:30 pm
Sundays, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
 
September 7 through December 31*
Thursday-Friday, 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:30, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m

Sundays, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m
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PLEASE NOTE: Day Out With Thomas™, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, and other events may affect the normal operating schedule of the train ride.

 
For Groups of 15 or more, train rides can be scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Click here to schedule a group tour.
 
TRAIN RIDE FEES INCLUDE MUSEUM ADMISSION*
Adults $12
Seniors/Military
$10
Children (Ages 3-12) $8
*Because of a change in North Carolina’s tax laws--N.C. General Statute § 105-164.4(a)(10)--beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the N.C. Transportation Museum will begin charging 7% sales tax on admissions, programs, and special events. The tax applied consists of the current state sales tax of 4.75% and the current Rowan County tax of 2.25%


Diesel Cab Rides - Ride with the engineer!
  • $25 per person seated rider.  $15 for standing riders. (includes site admission) 
  • Seats must be filled before standing rides are sold.
  • Number of available tickets depends on locomotive. 
  • Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Not available during special events.
  • Engineer has full descretion regarding number of tickets sold and availability.
  • Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The cab can be noisy and may disturb very young riders.