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Member Appreciation

Celebrating our Members!

Member Appreciation Day is held in conjunction with The Historic Spencer Shops Train Show on Saturday, May 22nd. In recognition of their continued support, all Members of the N.C. Transportation Museum are invited to enjoy special perks, tours, and treats on Member Appreciation Day.

  • Free admission to the museum, based on level of membership.
  • Free admission to the Historic Spencer Shops Train Show and all its related activities.
  • Free turntable rides and train rides also based on level of membership.
  • Members-only 30-minute tours include, restored Wood’s Auto Garage and Showroom, the “Survivor” private rail car and the Pine Tree State lounge car, and museum artifacts in our Collections Corner.
  • Drawing for Day Out with Thomas ™ family 4-pack
  • Drawing for package of 4 standard coach seats on the Polar Express ™ Train Ride
  • Drawing for pair of Wine & Dine tickets
  • VIP lounge for members onboard stationary first class rail cars
  • Members-only rides on a WWII Jeep
  • Children’s scavenger hunt
  • Additional member discounts in the Gift Station
  • And more!

Reserve your admission and train ride tickets in advance using your membership number on May 22, Historic Spencer Shops Train Show online calendar. 

On Member Appreciation Day:

First Stop:  Members who reserve train-ride tickets, please have one adult member of your party go into the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center to have your tickets scanned, receive your boarding passes and be given wristbands. All members will receive a Membership sticker to identify them for member-only activities.

Second Stop: Member Tent will be outside of the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pick-up your member gift, sign-up for member-only tours, and fill-out entry for a door prize.

If you reserved museum admission-only, please start your day at the Member Tent outside of the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center to redeem your admission tickets and receive your wristbands.

We encourage you to be in line for your train ride at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center at least 15-minutes before your ride time to allow for boarding. Train rides last approximately 25-minutes. Please give yourself ample time to get checked in and signed up for all the activities.

The “Survivor and “The Pine Tree State” Lounge Car

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Take a guided 30-minute stroll through 2 premiere vintage railcars being restored by the NCTM. The “Survivor, a great example of a private railcar at the height of popularity in the 1920’s. Built for the F.W. Woolworth family, the original pioneers of the five-and-dime stores. Dante Stephensen, well-known for his eclectic nightspot “Dante’s Down the Hatch” in Atlanta, GA took ownership in 1982, but kept the interior true to the roaring 20’s. The “Survivor” not only was Dante’s personal rail car, but it became his home. See memorabilia from his lifetime of experiences, including his service as a Navy Seal and visits from an amazing list of famous people from US presidents to actors and athletes. The Pine Tree State was part of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (New Haven) and was built in 1955 as railroads replaced their worn out older equipment to attract passengers who were being lost auto and airplane travel options. Enjoy seeing the inside of this 6 double bedrooms, buffet (kitchen) and lounge car.

Maximum 8 people per tour

9:45 AM
10:15 AM
10:45 AM
11:15 AM
11:45 AM
1:15 PM
1:45 PM
2:15 PM
2:45 PM
3:15 PM
3:45 PM

Historic Woods Garage and Showroom (1109 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, NC 28159)

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Drive 1 mile south of the museum to tour our most recent edition of historic buildings and exhibit space. Be guided for 30-minutes by one of our dedicated automotive and trucking volunteers on a walk-through and learn about the two buildings where we can now restore, maintain, and display some of our historic vehicles and automotive artifacts. In the mid-50’s, Wood’s Auto, Inc. built a showroom adjacent to its garage. In the early 80’s, the Woods leased the building to Countrywide Services, who were in the diesel truck service business and maintained equipment for the Norfolk Southern Railway. There, for the next 30 years, the business remained, in the shadow of the museum. It is now coming out of the shadows and breathing a life of its own. Learn it future by walking through its past. Note: give yourself extra time to drive down and back from the garage and showroom to the museum. Your armband allows you to leave the museum grounds and return after this tour.

Maximum 20 people per tour

10:30 AM
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
1:45 PM
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
4:00 PM

N.C. Transportation Museum’s Collections Corner

Learn More

From railroad passes to airplanes, the N.C. Transportation Museum’s collections have a wide variety of artifacts, many of which are not on display. Learn more about the collection from acquisitions to everyday care of artifacts with the NCTM Collections Manager and view a selection of artifacts that are not on display to the general public. This 30-minute tour meets at the entrance steps of the Master Mechanic’s Office.

Maximum 15 people per tour

10:30 AM
11:15 PM
12:00 PM
1:45 PM
2:30 PM
3:15 PM

COVID-19 Protocols

TSA requires proper wearing of face masks on the train, per federal law. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal and may result in penalties under federal law. Children under the age of two and individuals with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disability Act are exempt. Passengers will board and deboard the train in a one-way traffic flow through the rail car. Cars will be sanitized between each ride, including seats, windows, and handrails.