Train and Turntable 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 a.m., 1 p.m.

March 3 through June 5
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 7 (2016) through September 4
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 8 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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*When the museum is open.

 
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.


    Turntable Rides
    Ride on the 100-foot turntable, created in 1924 when the Bob Julian Roundhouse was constructed.  Turntable rides are $1/person (all ages). 
  • A guide will explain the history of the turntable.
  • Rides are offered every half hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  
  • Five-minute ride
  • 75-person maximum