Fun for the Whole Family!

The Historic Spencer Shops Train Show features vendors with railroad memorabilia of all types: model train dealers, model train layouts, collectors, and more. The show takes place in the 1905 Back Shop, a historic railroad location perfect for a railroading event!

Additional COVID-friendly activities to celebrate railroading will include photo opportunities, train rides around our 60-acre historic site, and more fun for all ages.


Members of the North Carolina Transportation Museum enjoy this daytime event, including museum admission and train rides, for free. Saturday, May 22, is also Membership Appreciation Day with special members-only tours and other perks. If you’re not already a member, it’s a great day to sign up and enjoy a day at the museum for free!


Historic Spencer Shops Train Show Features:

  • Model train and railroad collectible vendors
  • Model train layouts – multiples scales
  • Museum passenger train rides
  • Museum exhibits and programs
  • Special photo opportunities

Saturday, May 22

Open & Train Show 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Train rides at 10 & 11 a.m. and 1, 2 & 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 23

Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Train Show will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Train rides at 1, 2 & 3 p.m.

*Does not include convenience or handling fees. Event operates rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

Kids under 3 are free and do not require a ticket. Members are free but are encouraged to reserve a ticket in advance using your membership number.

Your ticket purchases supports the ongoing operation of the N.C. Transportation Museum.

General Admission Tickets

Adults: $7.00*
Child (3-12): $5.00*
Senior: $6.00*
Military: $6.00*

General Admission + Train Ride Tickets

Adults: $14.00*
Child (3-12): $10.00*
Senior: $12.00*
Military: $12.00*
You should be in line for your train at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center at least 15-minutes before your ride time.

Please enter via the main entrance at 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, NC, and follow the signs to the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center, where you will redeem your tickets. Please have one adult member of your party come inside the Visitor’s Center to redeem tickets before touring the museum or getting in line for the train. The train ride departs from the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center. We encourage arrival at least 15-minutes before train time to allow time for boarding. Train rides last approximately 25-minutes.

COVID-19 Protocols

Passenger seating within each train car will have appropriate social distancing between each group of friends or family as outlined by Executive Order #195.

Per Executive Order #163, proper face coverings are required of all museum staff and visitors while in buildings and on the grounds. Children under the age of five 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.

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.

In accordance with CDC and other guidelines, access to some areas and exhibits will be limited or restricted. The museum is walking intensive and involves entering and exiting several buildings and outside areas. Visitors with mobility issues are encouraged to bring their own wheelchairs, walkers, etc., as required. One car of the train is equipped for ADA accessibility including two wheelchair spaces and the availability of a wheelchair lift. The other cars on the train are not ADA accessible due to the vintage nature of their construction.


And don’t forget your 3 W’s!

Wear. Wait. Wash: Wear a cloth face covering. Wait at least six feet away from others. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the museum site.


If you’d like to be a vendor at this year’s Historic Spencer Shops Train Show, please contact Danielle Hough at 704-636-2889 Ext 237 or

Vendors will need to register in advance, no later than May 10, 2021.