Train and Turntable Rides

Our 25-minute train ride, which offers a narrated tour of the 57-acre site, is pulled by an antique diesel engine. The train generally runs daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends or for scheduled groups the rest of the year.

Train Ride Schedule

January and February
Saturdays, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

March 3 through Memorial Day
Thursday-Friday, 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:30, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m

Sundays, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 24 (2016) through Labor Day
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 2:30 pm
Sundays, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Labor Day through December 31* **
Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.,1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sundays, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

*When the museum is open.
**No 2 or 3 p.m. (Fri-Sat) or 2:30 or 3:30 p.m. (Sun) train rides when THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride is operational.

For Groups of 15 or more, train rides can be scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Click here to schedule a group tour.
Adults $12
Seniors/Active Military
Children (Ages 3-12) $8
*Because of a change in North Carolina’s tax laws--N.C. General Statute § 105-164.4(a)(10)--beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the N.C. Transportation Museum will begin charging 7% sales tax on admissions, programs, and special events. The tax applied consists of the current state sales tax of 4.75% and the current Rowan County tax of 2.25%

Diesel Cab Rides - Ride with the engineer!
  • $25 per person seated rider.  $15 for standing riders. (includes site admission) 
  • Seats must be filled before standing rides are sold.
  • Number of available tickets depends on locomotive. 
  • Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Not available during special events.
  • Engineer has full descretion regarding number of tickets sold and availability.
  • Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The cab can be noisy and may disturb very young riders.

    Turntable Rides
    Ride on the 100-foot turntable, created in 1924 when the Bob Julian Roundhouse was constructed.  Turntable rides are $1/person (all ages). 
  • A guide will explain the history of the turntable.
  • Rides are offered every half hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  
  • Five-minute ride
  • 75-person maximum