Become an N.C. Transportation Museum Member

Members of the North Carolina Transportation Museum receive special benefits here in Spencer, but most importantly, your membership supports museum programs, so we can keep offering the fun and educational events that keep you coming back again and again! Below you will find an overview of the benefits you receive.
All memberships are for one year from purchase and include the following standard benefits, with additional benefits for certain membership levels as noted:
• Free admission and train rides (excludes premium events1)
• 10% discount on most Gift Station merchandise
• Advance opportunity to purchase excursion and Polar ExpressTM tickets during our Members-Only Pre-Sale
• Discounts on select events and programs, including Easter Bunny Express, Rail Days, National Train Day and other events at our discretion. Unfortunately, no discount is available for Polar Express or off-site excursions due to overhead costs to offer these events. 
• Subscription to ShopTalk our member/donor magazine
• Recognition in ShopTalk as a member
• Invitation to annual Members Day event
• Reciprocal admission benefits at more than 300 museums worldwide through the Association of Science-Technology Centers Passport Program2
• Support of a great cause!

1) Premium Events are defined as any special event that requires visitors to pay a fee that is higher than General Admission. Many Premium Events take place throughout the site, so no General Admission option is available on those days and ALL visitors on site are required to pay the Premium Event Admission. 
2) Some exclusions may apply. Download a list of Passport Program participants and restrictions here.
You can join or renew online in just a few minutes, while you're visiting at the NCTM (either in the Gift Station or Barber Junction Visitor Center), or by calling 704-636-2889, ext. 228. You may also print and mail this form with your payment to: NCTMF Membership, PO Box 69, Spencer, NC 28159.

Please note that effective January 1, 2015, in accordance with N.C. General Statute 105-164.4(a)(10), we are required to charge state and county sales tax (effective rate of 7%) on the admission portion of membership dues. 


  • The Members-Only Pre-Sale for tickets aboard the April 9 & 10 N&W 611 steam excursions will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, Feb. 1.
  • Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 704-636-2889. Online purchase is recommended due to anticipated high call volume.
  • Your membership must be current by Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. to participate.
  • You may purchase up to 6 tickets during the pre-sale per membership.
  • You will need your member ID number to participate. For online ticket purchases, you will enter this ID number in the "promo code" field of the ticketing page.
  • We will send out an automated email by mid-day Friday, Jan. 29 to all members with their current ID number. If you have not received this email by 3 p.m. on Friday, or if you do not have email, please email or call 704-636-2889, ext. 228. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL 3 P.M. to call. This will allow us to most efficiently process all new and renewing members in a timely manner.
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Membership Level Persons Covered Dues Benefits
Brakeman Individual

$45 +
$3.15 sales tax

All Basic Benefits
Senior Brakeman Individual, age 60+

$35 +
$2.45 sales tax

All Basic Benefits
Student Brakeman Individual, ages 3-17

$35 +
$2.45 sales tax

All Basic Benefits
Switchman Any Two Individuals $60 +
$4.20 sales tax
All Basic Benefits
Fireman Two Adults plus up to four
minor children or grandchildren
(ages 3-17) in same family
or household
$80 +
$5.60 sales tax
All Basic Benefits
Plus: Discounts on Birthday Caboose
& Tracks of an Engineer
Conductor Two Adults plus up to four
minor children or grandchildren
(ages 3-17) in same family
or household
$150 +
$10.50 sales tax
All Fireman Benefits
Plus: 2 Diesel Cab Rides (value of $40)
and Half Off Select Special Events
Engineer Two Adults plus up to four
minor children or grandchildren
(ages 3-17) in same family
or household
$300 +
$21 sales tax
All Fireman Benefits
Plus: 4 Diesel Cab Rides and
Free Select Special Events
PLUS Membership Options: For larger families or families with additional caregivers, PLUS options allow you to add additional children (ages 3-17 and in the same household) for $10 per child or ONE additional adult (grandparent, babysitter, etc.) for $15 to family-level ONLY memberships. This option is not available online. Please call 704-636-2889 if you would like to add PLUS member to your family-level membership Please note, Switchman and all Brakeman level memberships are not eligible for PLUS memberships.
If you have additional questions on the NCTM Membership program, please call Membership Director Misty Stach at 704-636-2889, ext. 228 or email

The museum's membership program is operated by the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation, a non-profit group that provides support for preservation efforts and educational programs at the museum. A portion of your membership dues may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax preparer.