Events Calendar

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2017 Calendar of Events

December 1-3, 8-10, 14-22
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  “All Aboard” The Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life  as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Experience the joy of holiday entertainment that will surely become an annual tradition for the whole family. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas.

December 27 - 31
Winter Fever Train Rides.  Enjoy these special train rides in between the Christmas and New Year's Break.  Get rid of that cold weather cabin fever by enjoying a visit to the N.C. Transportation Museum.

2018 Events

January 15 - February 27
Blackbeard the Pirate's Queen Anne's Revenge (Traveling Exhibit)
To commemorate the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s adventures along the North Carolina coast – the place where he was ultimately brought to justice – the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is showcasing a traveling exhibit that includes artifacts representing weaponry, nautical tools and personal items recovered from his wrecked flagship the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

February 9-10

Wine and Dine on the Rails.  Passengers on our special train will enjoy dinner and drinks as the train moves throughout the museum's 60 acre historic site.  Enjoy a cocktail hour before the ride and an amazing meal on board

February 20
Piedmont Airlines 70th Anniversary.  Winston-Salem based Piedmont Airlines launched its first passenger flight on this day 70 years ago!  With the Piedmont Airlines DC-3 renovation at full steam, we’ll be showing off the final stages of the restoration and honoring the airline that grew out of the heart of the state’s piedmont region. 

February 23-25
Boy Scout Rail Camp.  Boy Scout Rail Camp, the largest event of its type in the nation, includes three days and two nights spent on the museum grounds. Troops will learn how a diesel-electric locomotive develops power, how to identify different types of railcars, the importance of railroad signals and railroad safety. Troops will also learn about modern railroad companies and planning a trip by rail. Boy Scout Rail Camp is also a great opportunity for scouts to interact, camping alongside each other and working together to earn their Railroading Merit Badges. Flag raising and lowering ceremonies and a campfire program are also part of the fun.

March 1
Spring Train Rides.  The museum’s train ride schedule expands and warmer weather moves in.

March 9-10

Girl Scout Rail Camp.  Girl Scouts and leaders of every level are invited to camp on the museum’s 60-acre site (spending the overnight in the Back Shop), while earning the “Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Heritage” Girl Scout patch, enjoying train rides, and more.

March 24-25, March 30-31
Easter Bunny Express. Start this annual event with a train ride, as the Easter Bunny comes along for the fun. Our furry friend will be handing out candy, posing for pictures, and meeting everyone. Kids can also get temporary tattoos in the Gift Station and make a take home craft.

April 1
Day Out With Thomas™ Tickets Go On Sale. Thomas and Percy will visit Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7.  Our Friday “All Day Passes” sell very fast, so purchase early!

April 13-14

Tractors and Trains Festival. This railroading historic site hosts antique farm equipment, modern tractors, music, games and more for kids and adults. This is a family festival for the WHOLE family.  Friday, April 13 is geared toward students. Saturday, April 14 is for the public.

April 20-21
Learning To Fly.  This high-flying aviation event features displays and flight activities from the Wright Brothers Flyer to modern aircraft of today.  The event is geared toward school groups on Friday, April 20 and for the public April 21.

May 5
Triad Classic Motorcycle Show. The two wheelers take the stage, with a variety of makes and models of motorcycles displayed, from 1900 to 1997.

May 12
Historic Spencer Shops Train Show, Membership Day, National Train Day. Train lovers will be celebrating National Train Day at the N.C. Transportation Museum, offering special train rides, tours and children’s activities. Members are invited to enjoy this event free, with special activities just for them. The Historic Spencer Shops Train Show will feature all sorts of railroad memorabilia, model trains, and much more for sale.  Now held in the museum’s Back Shop, this train show is under cover, moderately climate controlled, and a great event for collectors.

June 9
All Mopar Car Show. The Carolina Region Plymouth Car Club will display a grand collection of vehicles.  The show begins at 9 a.m. with awards at noon.  The show includes 1st and 2nd places in 11 different categories, Best of Show awards and much more.

June 12
Summer Train Ride Schedule Begins. Train rides are offered each day the museum is open, Tuesday through Sunday.

June 23
Fire Truck Festival.
The N.C. Transportation Museum is home to the largest annual gathering of fire trucks for display in the state of North Carolina. This event brings together antique and modern trucks from fire departments and fire truck collectors from across the southeast.  Enjoy a huge event that shows off fire fighting equipment, honors firefighters for their service, and more!  

September 28-30 & October 5-7
Day Out With Thomas™.  All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Spencer, NC Sept. 28-Sept. 30 and Oct. 5-7, 2018. Day Out with Thomas™ is presented by Mattel.