Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

When is this event?
The date of the event is October 16, 2021. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center and classes begin at 9 a.m. Classes and activities will conclude by 5 p.m.
Where is this event?
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC 28159

704-636-2889 ext. 268

What does this event include?
This event includes:

  • Hands-on transportation activities facilitated by museum educators to complete the Railroading Merit Badge
  • A 25-minute ride around the museum on our historic train
  • Experience a ride on the 1924 turntable, the centerpiece of railroad operations at the largest remaining roundhouse in North America
  • Museum scavenger hunt
  • Free time to explore the museum
  • Flag raising/lowering
  • Hot dog lunch
How much does this event cost?
  • Registration costs $30 plus tax per scout or adult.
  • The registration deadline is October 8, 2021.
What is the schedule of the event?
Check-in is from 8:00-8:30 a.m. at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center.

Saturday morning starts with a flag-raising ceremony at 8:45 a.m.  Scouts will be assigned to morning or afternoon class sessions, train rides, lunch at the picnic shelter, and time to explore the museum.

Can we camp onsite?
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the N.C. Transportation Museum will not host overnight camping in 2021.

There are a variety of campgrounds within a short drive of the N.C. Transportation Museum:

  • Carolina Rose Campground- Salisbury, NC
  • Cross Winds Family Campground- Linwood, NC
  • Dan Nicholas Park Campground- Salisbury, NC
  • Golden Pond Campground- Salisbury, NC
  • High Rock Marina and Campground- Lexington, NC
  • Tamarac Marina Campground- Salisbury, NC
What are your COVID-19 Protocols?
Following guidance from NCDHHS, and in accordance with the governor’s Executive Order 224, workers and volunteers at NCDNCR sites are wearing masks in indoor settings beginning Aug. 2.  Any unvaccinated visitor should wear a mask, and we strongly encourage all visitors, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear a mask in indoor settings.

  • If during the previous two weeks, the scout, or someone the scout has come into contact with, has: 1) been asked to self-quarantine, or 2) exhibited ANY COVID-19 related symptoms, we ask that the scout not attend.
  • The curriculum has been specifically designed to reduce the chances of transmission of COVID-19. The following clarifies how we strive to maintain hygiene and safety for all scouts. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions or concerns.
    • Space is limited to allow for social distancing
    • Healthy hygiene practices will be encouraged
      • Hand washing: extra time will be allotted for washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
      • Alcohol-based sanitizers will be available
    • Cloth face covering will be required for the onsite train ride
    • Cleaning and disinfecting will be monitored
      • All activities will be designed to minimize contact with frequently touched surfaces
    • Bathrooms will be frequently cleaned
  • Scouts and leaders are also encouraged to wear face coverings.
  • NCTM will follow any updated recommendations from NCDHHS
Can Cub Scouts attend?
No. We have a separate event for Cub Scouts each fall. Cub Scout Day is planned for October 9, 2021. Visit www.nctransportationmuseum.org for additional details.

An exception is Arrow of Light scouts who are associated with a Scouts BSA troop. They may take part in this event with their troop.

What about younger siblings?
No, except for special circumstances. Please contact us for more information.
What about food?
Hot dog lunch with chips, dessert, and drink is provided.  It is recommended to bring morning and afternoon snacks along with water bottles.
What if it rains?
This event will be held rain or shine. Most activities are indoors, but there is walking between buildings.  Please dress for the weather.
Are scouts allowed in the gift shop?
The Gift Station will be open to all visitors, including scouts, from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday.  The Gift Station has a variety of scouting merchandise.
Where and when do we check in?
Check-in is Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center adjacent to the parking lot.
What do we need to bring for the merit badge workshop?
What requirements will be taught?
Scouts BSA Rail Day covers everything required to earn the Railroading Merit Badge. Some requirements, such as riding a train, will be covered during your free time. Your troop will rotate through five 25-minute classes:

Class Requirement
Railroad Departments 3
Signals 7
Freight trains and locomotives 1 a,b,c,d (pick 3)
Plan an Amtrak Trip 2
Railroad Safety 4,5,6
Does someone at the museum sign scouts’ Blue Books to earn their merit badge?
The museum does not sign Blue Books, but sometimes we have a volunteer who will sign them. This information will be provided at check-in. If this service is not available, your council can provide a list of merit badge counselors who will sign off on the worksheets completed during Rail Day.
When do we get our event patches?
When you check-in at the Barber Junction Visitor Center. Each adult and scout attending receives an event patch.
What are the uniform requirements?
We do not have any uniform requirements. Most troops wear Class A uniforms, and some wear Class Bs. Dressing appropriately for the weather is important since most classes are in unheated buildings.
How do I register?
Please call the museum at (704) 636-2889 ext. 268 or ext. 221 to speak with one of our ticket agents, who can register your troop.  We can take credit card payments over the phone or your troop can pay by check.  Payment must be received no later than October 8, 2021.  Please make checks out to NCTMF.  Checks can be mailed to:

N.C. Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC 28159
Attn: June Hall

What is the refund policy?
We do not offer refunds or exchanges unless Scouts BSA Rail Day itself is canceled or rescheduled due to weather or COVID-19.

If Scouts BSA Rail Day is canceled, we will offer an alternative date. We will offer refunds for 30 days after the alternative date is announced; after that, we cannot give refunds.

Additional Questions?
Please contact June Hall at june.hall@ncdcr.gov or 704-636-2889 ext. 268
or contact Will Tate’s at Will.tate@ncdcr.gov or 704-636-2889 ext. 221