Events Calendar

Click on the events in the calendar to view more specific details. If you would like more information about a particular event, please contact us.

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2016 Events at the N.C. Transportation Museum

The N.C. Transportation Museum hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including Day Out With Thomas, Excursions and THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride.  Car shows, aviation events and educational programs highlight specific areas of transportation history and interest. View the calendar above, or scroll the list below to see what's happening!

June 18
Fire Truck Show

Local and regional fire departments and our fire truck collecting friends will join for a gathering of antique and classic fire trucks, fire fighting equipment, demonstrations and much more.  Regular museum admission applies for exhibits and on site train ride.

June 17-19
The N&W Class J #611 Locomotive Returns

A variety of events will surround the return of the Class J #611 locomotive, including At the Throttle rides, Jump Seat Cab rides, Caboose train rides with the #611 and more. 

June 23-25
Boy Scout Rail Camp

Rail Camp, the largest event of its type in the nation, is now offered in two separate sessions.  Summer and Fall editions of the popular event will be offered to accommodate the huge numbers of troops who wish to participate.  The event includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds.  Call Lucas Safrit at 704-636-2889 ext. 258 for information.



July 7-10
Capital City Special

The Capital City Special is a 4 day/3-night scenic excursion from the Piedmont of North Carolina to Washington, DC aboard vintage rail cars, the Powhatan Arrow and the St. Augustine.  From amazing architecture, monuments that touch the heart, and great shopping and dining opportunities, visitors are sure to have the experience of a lifetime.



August 6
All Ford Show

The museum hosts this car show for all Fords and orphan Ford vehicles.  The largest of the museum’s car shows, this event continues to grow.  To show your vehicle, call 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

August 13
All GM Show

Following the Fords, GM vehicles get their turn during this show that features Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac cars - the best that Detroit had to offer.  To register your car, call 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

August 20 – 21
Historic Spencer Shops Train Show

This show features model train layouts, vendors, kids’ activities, modeling clinics, celebrities of the rail fan domain and much, much more.  In its third year, the show is full of fun and great items for you to peruse and purchase.  Call event organizer Leah Cook at 704-636-2889 ext. 239 for more information.

August 26-28
Civil War Weekend: Stoneman’s Raid Through Salisbury

This year’s Civil War Weekend will take a local focus, Major General George Stoneman’s raid of Salisbury as a train attempted to flee the city.  The event will include sutlers and living history demonstrators, live music with the Huckleberry Brothers, Friday night lantern tours, a Saturday night dinner and dance with the Huckleberry Brothers, Salisbury National Cemetery & Confederate Prison Site trolley tours, Civil War historians and presentations, Fort York trolley tours, and reenactments aboard the museum’s on-site train ride.  See website for details, ticket prices and packages, and more information, www.nctrans.org. 



Sept. 23-25, 30, Oct. 1-2
Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favorite tank engine, Thomas, and his little green friend Percy.  Visitors can meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in Imagination Station, and more!  Live music, magic, and so much more will be a part of a day your kids will never forget. 



Oct. 15
3rd Annual Harvest Festival

The N.C. Transportation Museum presents an old time harvest festival that takes you back to simpler times.  Enjoy horse shoes, corn hole, old time games, see corn shucking and corn shelling, and antique tractors.  Kids can make a corn husk doll and play with old timey marbles.  Enjoy the train ride and hay ride.

Oct. 15
Antique Auto Club of America Car Show

Sponsored by the Furnitureland Chapter of the AACA, this member’s only show features antique cars of all makes and models.  Show starts at 9am with awards presented at 3pm.  This car show is free for spectators, courtesy of the Furnitureland AACA.



Nov. 18-19, 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 15-22
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

Capturing the magic of the Chris Van Allsburg book and runaway hit movie from Warner Bros., THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride features a train ride with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate, and a presentation of the first gift of Christmas—a silver bell for all those who truly have the spirit of the season.  The train ride and associated activities include popular characters from the holiday tale, the conductor, the hobo, the boy in the story, and of course, Santa Claus. The event takes place across the museum’s 60 acre site, with Reindeer Games and entertainment before the ride, s’mores, and our post-ride children’s play area, “Candy Cane Lane.”