First Ever Historic Spencer Shops Train Show

Release date: 8/1/2013

The N.C. Transportation Museum Hosts the Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Show
CONTACT: Mark Brown
                      Information & Communication Specialist
                      (704) 636-2889, ext 240
The Museum Will Host This Show for Railroading Collectibles, Model Trains and Accessories, and More with Great Speakers and Kids Activities
            The N.C. Transportation Museum will host the Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Show. The August 24-25 event will be a rail fan’s paradise, with model train vendors, railroading collectibles, spectacular model train layouts and speakers like Trains Magazine Editor Jim Wrinn. The event will also include kids’ games and crafts, model building clinics and storytelling to create a special day out for any family.
            The weekend event will have all the trappings of what rail fans have come to expect from a great train show, surrounded by railroading history. Held at the former Spencer Shops steam locomotive repair facility, vendors will be stationed throughout the historic Bob Julian Roundhouse. The 37 stall building is the largest such structure that remains in North America.
There will be an incredible selection of merchandise for builders of model railroads, rail fan photographers and anyone for whom the thought of steam or diesel locomotives brings a smile to their face.
            The event will also feature some incredible models of a different sort. Charles Lamm and Ward Creech will present their magnificent model naval and sailing ships. These 1/96 scale remote controlled ships are still massive in size, with some as long as 96 inches and weighing over 100 pounds. 
            The Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Show has family theme, with plenty of opportunities for kids and families to experience railroading fun. As many as five model railroading groups will have their huge displays set up, featuring G, O, S, HO and N-scale models. 
Kids will have the chance to play some Thomas and Friends-themed games and take home a Thomas-themed craft. Saturday only, Kids’ storytelling will be offered at 11 a.m. with Vivian Noe.  
            Door prizes will also be handed out each hour during the event. Saturday’s grand prize will be a Lionel Penn Flyer Freight Train, presented through the generosity of Lionel Trains, a $230 value. Sunday’s grand prize winner will receive an NS Heritage Locomotives gift set, while includes a poster of the Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotives stationed around the Bob Julian Roundhouse, a video of the event that brought those locomotives together and a book. Grand prizes will be given away at 4 p.m. each day.
            Saturday only, the show will feature a line-up of speakers to explore railroading history and rail fanning. 
            Tony Reevy , Senior associate director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will discuss his book, O Winston Link: Life Along the Lines. His presentation will be held at 10:30 a.m..
            Trains Magazine editor and N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation vice president Jim Wrinn will present a slide presentation focusing on his travels, knowledge and rail fan photography. Wrinn will present his show twice, at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
            Railroad history Matthew Bumgarner, an author and co-author on books about the Alexander Railroad and the Watauga and Yadkin River Railroad will discuss his works and share his experiences researching North Carolina rail lines. Bumgarner will speak at 1:15 p.m.
            Author Stephen Little will give a first person presentation of his book, Tunnels, Nitro and Convicts: Building the Railroad, about North Carolina convicts being used to construct the Western Division of the N.C. Railroad. His presentation will be held at 2:00 p.m.
            The August 24-25 weekend promises to be an opportunity for dedicated rail fans to indulge their passion, while families and casual rail fans will have opportunities to learn and have a great time. 
            Admission to the Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Show is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and active military and $4 for kids 3-12. The price includes museum admission, but train rides carry and extra fee. Member discounts apply. Parking is free. Visit for more information.    
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About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit