Museums

This alphabetical listing of railroad museums in North Carolina is provided as a service to Club Members and visitors to this area.

The NC Transportation Museum (Historic Spencer Shops) in Spencer NC is one of the outstanding railroad museums in the country, and well worth a special visit.

The Union Station Railroad Museum in Aberdeen seeks to preserve the Union Station Depot and to preserve and exhibit artifacts and memorabilia collected from the community, the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad Company, and other railroad enterprises that passed through Union Station or operated in the surrounding region.

Charlotte's trolley line runs from the Charlotte Convention Center, along the old Southern RR line (parallel to South Boulevard) to the Atherton Mill shopping center, which is also the location of the maintenance facility and the Charlotte Trolley Museum. The fare is $1.00 each way; accompanied children under 12 are free. Check with the Charlotte Trolley for schedules, and for other special events such as the Wednesday Trolley Crawls.

The museum, the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame, occupies a portion of the old (1900) passenger station at the diamond. There is a Seaboard SDP35 (#1114) and a caboose. In the station are nicely done exhibits and a gift shop. There is plenty of modern action outside -- the largest CSX yard in North Carolina is nearby, and nearly all the traffic passes within sight of the museum. 

Visiting hours are Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, 1pm - 5pm. Free.

While this state-owned museum attempts to cover all forms of transportation relevant to NC, railroads are the primary focus. The site was a Southern Railway heavy maintenance shop for much of this century, located halfway between Washington and Atlanta. 
 

The museum has constructed a 6,685 sq. ft. G scale garden railroad with a walking path surrounding the layout. There are 3 main outer loops, consisting of 210, 215 and 220 feet of track with 2 large tunnels and a 12-foot long overhead truss bridge. There will be a model of the City of Apex, logging, industrial and rural areas of North Carolina.

The Piedmont Railroad Museum & Library, Inc. is currently looking for a suitable site to locate our museum building to provide space for exhibits and prototype rolling stock. The Museum has also begun the architectural design of a suitable building to contain our exhibits, prototype displays, the library and model railroad layouts, plus a meeting room and gift shop.

Smoky Mountain Trains is more than an ordinary museum. With its collection of 7,000 Lionelâ„¢ engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout, children's activity center, and gift/toy shop, Smoky Mountain Trains has something for everyone.

The vast collection dates back to 1918 and features such classics as the 1934 Blue Comet Passenger set and the more recent Joshua Lionel Cowen Challenger steam locomotives. 

Located in part of an old ACL warehouse complex, now mostly shops, close to the Cape Fear River front. The local model RR club has HO and O scale layouts upstairs. There are a variety of exhibits that include folklore, ghost stories, railroad advertising, railroad police, railroad accidents and disasters, and various equipment and gear used by railroad workers. Outside are various items of rolling stock (RF&P boxcar and 2 cabooses) and a steam locomotive (ACL 4-6-0 #250) that has recently been renovated. The Museum has a children's corner. 

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