Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Moving History

One of the places we always visit
while here in North Carolina
is the Transportation Museum in Spencer. 
This facility houses dozens of vintage trains, antique cars
and other memorabilia for the history buff. 
Here are some of what you'll see
should you decide to pay them a visit. 
It's well worth a trip!

One of the few roundhouses still intact in the country
displays over a dozen historic steel machines from the past.

A separate building has antique cars, trucks
and garage accessories that have been fully restored.

This wagon is a cherished relic.

Lil' Guy informed me that this is an antique grader.
He further explained the intricate workings.

This is a rail speeder. 
They were originally used for track maintenance.
Now they are for the train hobbyist and clubs can be found
all over the country.  It's a great family activity.
You can find out more here.
This is something we will definitely look into getting involved in
once we are settled up here permanently.

The inside of this building also has a mock garage set up.
Makes me think of Mayberry.

Here's the interior of the mail car.

Love this vintage sign about safety.

 There are buildings in which one can view
the current restoration projects,
a kids' play area,
and mementos from a bygone era,
as well as information about volunteers
who keep this museum going.

They also offer a train ride
and something that only one other
train museum can extend to visitors-
a ride on the original turntable!

The museum is a blast from the past.
What a nice place to be...