This Historic Locomotive Roundhouse In North Carolina Has The Coolest Vintage Trains You’ll Ever See

North Carolina’s fascination with trains and train rides is easy to spot. From the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City to the Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, trains play a huge role in tourism in the Tar Heel State. But it’s also fun to be a tourist in your own back yard! While most natives have visited GSMR and Tweetsie at least once (and probably more), there’s a railroad destination that most mainstream out-of-state tourists overlook. (All the more reason for us locals to go!)

The fun Roundhouse tour and train ride isn’t all that the N.C. Transportation Museum has to offer, but it’s an ideal place to start exploring. The Museum is open year-round six days a week. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. General admission that includes a train ride is $12/adults, $10 seniors/military, $8 children 3-12, free for children under 3. Admission without a train ride is half of the prices just listed. Train rides are offered three times a day on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; and offered four times on Saturday. Learn more on the official website for the North Carolina Transportation Museum and follow the Facebook page here!

Address: 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, NC, 28159

Are you a devoted rail fan? Then you’ll love this train-themed day trip in North Carolina!