Museum in Motion Festival is the New Rail Days

Release date: 6/1/2013

The Museum in Motion Festival Offers Unlimited Train Rides, Classic Cars and Aviation History at the N.C. Transportation Museum
CONTACT: Mark Brown
                      Information & Communication Specialist
                      (704) 636-2889, ext 240
Railroading, Aviation and Automotive History and Equipment will all be on Display during the “Museum in Motion” Festival
               SPENCER, N.C. – The N.C. Transportation Museum is expanding a well known event to include more options for families, more things to see and do and more experiences for everyone who attends. June 1, the museum’s traditional “Rail Days” event will become the “Museum in Motion” festival. 
              The “Museum in Motion” festival will provide as many experiences related to transportation as we can fit onto this 57 acre historic site. While the museum is best known for railroading – and that will feature heavily into the event – fans of aviation, classic and antique cars, history and fun will find something to suit their tastes.
              No visit to the museum is complete without a ride on the train, and visitors will have unlimited train rides on two trains, the museum’s regular passenger train and the caboose train. This is a great chance to ride the rails and view the site from two different perspectives.
The museum’s passenger train is pulled by an antique diesel locomotive, while passengers will ride in rail cars from the 1950s and 1960s. The train ride includes a fully narrated tour of the former Spencer Shops locomotive repair facility and lots of smiles.
              The caboose train features five colorful cabooses pulled by a full size diesel locomotive. Visitors can get an “above the rails” view of the site, riding along in the cupola. 
              Looking toward the sky, fans of aviation will turn their focus to the museum’s full size Wright Brothers Flyer replica, with volunteers showing visitors just how the Wright Brothers took such a fragile piece of equipment and made history with the first powered flight.
Volunteers will also provide tours focusing on the Piedmont Airlines DC-3, the Potomac Pacemaker. Restoration began in earnest in 2010 and is being funded primarily through donations and grants.  When restoration is complete, plans are to display the airplane in the museum's Back Shop, the current site of its renovation.  Tours will take place at 11 a.m., 1, and 3 p.m.
              The museum’s fleet of antique and classic cars will be on display and many of them will be stationed throughout the museum property for visitors to get a closer look. Vehicles available will include the 1929 Ford Model AA Fire Truck, the 1935 State Highway Patrol car and the “Deuce and a Half” military vehicle. Visitors can get a close up look at these machines that helped fight fires, chase moonshiners and were used in wartime. Pictures are encouraged! 
              The Iron Peddlers will have some wheeled and treaded vehicles of a different type out for display. The club’s antique equipment will be gathered in the field near the picnic shelters at the museum for an up-close look at tractors and farming equipment of the past.
And of course fans of railroading have not been forgotten. The Parade of Power will highlight the museum’s most notable piece of rail equipment. Each piece will be featured on the museum’s turntable, with a full description of how that locomotive or rail car was used in the past. Visitors will be able to see these amazing “iron horses” that helped connect and build this nation.
             In the museum’s Roundhouse, fans of steam engines will enjoy discussions how water and fired turned the wheels of these massive machines while kids activities will be taking place at the museum’s Railway Post Office Car.
              Model railroaders will also fill the Roundhouse and Back Shop with the sounds of slightly smaller railroading activity. Three model railroading groups will show off their impressive displays which are always a fun sight for adults and children alike.
              A hobo jungle, featuring life on the rails for those who declined to pay the passenger fare, kids activities like sidewalk chalk and bubbles and plenty of food will make for a very full day of activities for the whole family.
              This June 1 festival will be a great opportunity to experience the N.C. Transportation Museum, a “Museum in Motion!”
# # #
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 Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 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. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit