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Birthday Caboose

Available dates and times:

The Birthday Caboose is offered on most Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
and Sundays from 1 – 3 p.m.

In January and February, the Birthday Caboose is offered only on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Black-out dates apply.

Reservations are required at least 10 days in advance,
and non-refundable payment is due upon reservation.

*Times are subject to change

FAQ

Birthday Caboose

Create a memorable event for your little engineer with a birthday celebration on an authentic, operating train caboose. Our cabooses accommodate up to 15 people with seating on the main level and in the cupola. Decorate the caboose with your own personal style, bring desserts and other treats to enjoy during the ride, and open presents all while enjoying a train ride on the caboose. Enjoy visiting the museum and plan a picnic in the shelters or in your own pop-up tent to expand the party outdoors.

You and your guests will hop-on-board one of the historic cabooses at the Barber Junction Visitor Center.

Birthday Party Package Includes:

  • 2 hours for the party in one of our historic cabooses
  • 15 tickets for admission to the N.C. Transportation Museum
  • 25-minute train ride for 15 passengers, in an authentic vintage train caboose.
  • Birthday Caboose t-shirt for the birthday child.

For date availability and more information, please contact Elaine Holden
at 704-464-4074
or email elaine.holden@nctransportationmuseum.org.

Available dates and times:

Birthday Caboose Parties are offered on most Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
and Sundays from 1 – 3 p.m.

Saturdays only from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
in January and February

Black-out dates apply.

Reservations are required at least 10 days in advance,
and non-refundable payment is due upon reservation.

*Times are subject to change

FAQ

Birthday Caboose Pricing

Cost includes museum admission and train rides on the caboose for 15 people:

Membership Pricing$200
Non-Member Pricing$225

*These rates do not include taxes and fees.

For additional guests, above the 15 guests included in the Birthday Caboose Package, you will pay the day of the party at the Barber Junction Visitor Center upon arrival and check-in.

Admission Only (per additional guest)

Adults$5.00
Seniors/Military$4.50
Children (Ages 3-12)$2.50

 Admission & Train Rides (per additional guest)

Adults$10.00
Seniors/Military$9.00
Children (Ages 3-12)$5.00

*These rates do not include sales tax & fees.

Notes:

In order to board the caboose, riders must be able to climb steps onto and off the caboose.

The N.C. Transportation Museum cabooses are not wheelchair accessible due to the use of historic and antiquated rail passenger equipment, which is exempt from ADA regulations under US Code:  Title 42:  Section 12184.

Additional Opportunities to Enjoy the Museum:

 
Turntable rides are available outside the Bob Julian Roundhouse for $1 per person and can be purchased at the Barber Junction Visitor Center upon arrival or at the Orientation Room in the Roundhouse.

 

TURNTABLE RIDES SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAYS:

 

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

 

TURNTABLE RIDES SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAYS:

 

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

 

Experience a ride on the 1924 turntable, the centerpiece of railroad operations at the largest remaining roundhouse in North America. The turntable was used to move steam locomotives to and from the 37-bay Bob Julian Roundhouse when they were brought in for maintenance and to turn them around between runs. Unlike diesel locomotives, steam locomotives were designed to pull trains in only one direction, making the turntable a necessary part of operations at railroad yards like Spencer. Still in operation today, this Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark is used to position locomotives and rail cars for display and for use on the museum’s passenger trains. Take a spin as the turntable operator explains the history of this 100 foot long rotating bridge and its importance to the operation of Southern Railway’s Spencer Shops and today’s North Carolina Transportation Museum. 

Looking for additional space to extend your party? For additional information and bookings, contact Mark Deaton at 704-636-2889 ext 225 or mark.deaton@ncdcr.gov

  • Two picnic shelters are available–rental for each shelter $75 for 6 hours
  • Master Mechanic’s Office features 2 conference rooms with space for up to 25 people—each one rents for $50.00 for 6 hours.

*Black-out dates apply

Interested in getting some birthday gear? We have items like our children’s engineer hats and birthday boxes! Available through our Gift Station on-site and online!