The N.C. Transportation Museum offers our regular weekend train ride, with seasonal music and decorations now through Dec. 20. This safe family activity will allow for social distancing and train rides are limited to 30% capacity, with one-way movement through passenger cars.
The train ride takes visitors on a from-the-rails tour of the historic site’s 60 acres, featuring structures dating back to 1896, from the days when the property was Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast.
Following the ride, visitors can enjoy full access to the museum and its exhibits, with many areas decorated for the season accompanied by a soundtrack of holiday music.
A special holiday edition of our I SPY kids map will be available. Guests can also enjoy a great model train layout from the Central Carolina N-Scalers and holiday movie viewing in Storehouse No. 3. Kids can bring their letter to Santa to drop off in our North Pole mailbox. Postcards will also be available for kids to mail from home.
Weekend train rides continue Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Rides are offered from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays, and from 1 – 3pm on all Sundays.
Admission + Train ride tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Senior/Military and $10 for children 3-12. Ages 2 and under who will ride on the lap of a parent or guardian are free. Admission only tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for Senior/Military and $5 for children 3-12. Ages 2 and under are free. Advance purchase is recommended due to capacity limitations aboard the train. Tickets are available by visiting www.nctrans.org and clicking on “Events.”
In accordance with COVID-19 considerations and health orders, cloth face masks are required on the train, in exhibit buildings, in the Gift Station, and anywhere social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Enhanced cleaning protocols have been implemented on the train and throughout the site. Museum capacity is limited to 50% of full occupancy.
Also In accordance with CDC and other guidelines, access to some areas and exhibits will be limited or restricted. The museum is walking intensive and involves entering and exiting several buildings and outside areas. Visitors with mobility issues are encouraged to bring their own wheelchairs, walkers, etc., as required.
Remember the 3 W’s! Wear. Wait. Wash: Wear a cloth face covering. Wait at least six feet away from others. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.