North Carolina Transportation Museum

This museum is located a little over an hour from the Convention Center on the grounds of the former Southern Railway Spencer Shops, which was created in the early years of the 20th Century to service locomotives on the Southern Railway mainline between Washington DC and Atlanta GA.  The museum now houses a large railroad collection inside of one of the largest surviving roundhouses in the United States. While the collection is mostly standard gauge, a few narrow gauge items are there. Those who want to see an operating turntable up close and personal will have the chance during a guided tour of the facility. The museum also has a collection of antique cars on display. A train ride, powered by an early diesel locomotive is offered regularly during the day. The museum is open every day of the week except Monday. More information is available at