Events Calendar

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2017 Calendar of Events



July 1-2
Military Through the Ages. See this gathering of military equipment, transportation, uniforms, and more during this themed walk through time.

July 22
Legends By Lantern Tours.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer Shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends, and tales of Spencer Shops that defy reason and logical explanation. Tours are 90 minutes.


August 5
All Ford Show. This car show is open to all Fords and all Ford orphans.  The largest of the museum's car shows, this event continues to grow each year, usually featuring more than 100 cars.  The event runs from 8am to 1pm.  Join in the fun! Register your vehicle by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

August 12
All GM Show. One week after the Fords are highlighted, GM vehicle owners get their chance! Come see this collection of Chevys, Buicks, GMCs and Cadillacs in this museum run show.  Register your vehicle by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 268.

August 19
Legends By Lantern Tours.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer Shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends, and tales of Spencer Shops that defy reason and logical explanation. Tours are 90 minutes.


September 16
Legends By Lantern Tours.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer Shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends, and tales of Spencer Shops that defy reason and logical explanation. Tours are 90 minutes.

September 29 – October 1, October 6-8
Day Out With Thomas™.  Thomas and Percy share duties pulling the passenger and caboose trains.  Visitors can meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy live music, see magic performances, and enjoy games and activities spread across the museum’s 60-acre site.  Tickets go on sale April 1. 


October 14
AACA Car Show.  The Antique Auto Club of America hosts this member's only car show featuring an amazing collection of antique cars of all makes and models.

October 20
Legends By Lantern Tours.  Enjoy a nighttime walking tour of the museum, exploring the historic structures of Spencer Shops. Legends by Lantern tours will feature tellings of North Carolina railroad legends and Spencer Shops, illustrated by our extensive collection of vintage railroad equipment. Tours are 90 minutes.

October 27-29
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.


November 4
Cub Scout Day.  Cub Scouts visit the museum for a day of exclusive activities, earning their custom N.C. Transportation Museum pocket patch.

November 17-18, 24-26
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 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.





2018 Events



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 16-18

Girl Scout Rail Camp.  Due to the success of Boy Scout Rail Camp, the N.C. Transportation Museum will now be offering its first ever Girl Scout Rail Camp. Girl Scouts and leaders of every level are invited to camp on the museum’s 60-acre site, while earning the “Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Heritage” Girl Scout patch.


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!