‘Museum in Motion’ festival at the NC Transportation Museum
SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum is expanding a well-known event to include additional options for families, more things to see and do and extra experiences for everyone who attends.
The museum’s traditional Rail Days event will become the Museum in Motion festival June 1.
This festival will provide as many experiences related to transportation that can fit onto the 57-acre historic site.
No visit to the museum is complete without a ride on the train, and visitors will have unlimited train rides on two trains, the museum’s regular passenger train and the caboose train.
The passenger train is pulled by an antique diesel locomotive, while passengers will ride in rail cars from the 1950s and 1960s. The train ride includes a fully narrated tour of the former Spencer Shops locomotive repair facility.
The caboose train features five colorful cabooses pulled by a full-size diesel locomotive. Visitors can get an “above the rails” view of the site, riding along in the cupola.
Fans of aviation will enjoy the museum’s full-size Wright Brothers Flyer replica.
Volunteers will also provide tours focusing on the Piedmont Airlines DC-3, the Potomac Pacemaker.
When restoration is complete, plans are to display the airplane in the museum’s Back Shop.
Tours will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The museum’s fleet of antique and classic cars will be on display, including the 1929 Ford Model AA Fire Truck, the 1935 State Highway Patrol car and the “Deuce and a Half” military vehicle.
The Iron Peddlers club’s antique equipment will be gathered in the field near the picnic shelters at the museum for an up-close look at tractors and farming equipment of the past.
For fans of railroading, the Parade of Power will highlight the museum’s most notable rail equipment, with each piece being featured on the museum’s turntable.
In the Roundhouse, those interested in steam engines will enjoy discussions about how water and fired turned the wheels of these massive machines while kids activities will be taking place at the museum’s Railway Post Office Car.
Three model railroading groups will show off their impressive displays, which are always a fun sight for adults and children alike.
In addition, there will be the hobo jungle (life on the rails for those who declined to pay the passenger fare), and kids’ activities like sidewalk chalk and bubbles.
See admission pricing, hours and events at www.nctrans.org