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N.C. Transportation Museum in Rowan County

Experience original at the N.C. Transportation Museum by exploring the 60-acre historic site waiting to welcome visitors young and old. Once home to Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast, the museum features all types of transportation history - railroading, automotive, aviation, and more. Within the four large exhibit buildings representing the remaining structures of the historic Spencer Shops, you’ll find the largest remaining roundhouse in North America, locomotives, passenger rail cars, a full-size replica Wright Flyer, antique automobiles, fire trucks, the restoration of the Piedmont Airlines’ Potomac Pacemaker and more. The museum is a source of education and fun for the young and old. From beer festivals and Wine and Dine events to train rides, scenic excursions, and special visits from Thomas the Train and THE POLAR EXPRESS ™, the N.C. Transportation Museum provides endless opportunities to experience original.

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