North Carolina Transportation Museum receives $ 10 million in state funding

SPENCER, NC (WBTV) – The North Carolina Transportation Museum will receive $ 10 million in state funding to complete the 1896 Spencer Shops Powerhouse renovation and restoration project, and for the Car Shed houses the museum’s passenger cars. This restoration project will help preserve North Carolina’s rich transportation history.

“We would like to thank Governor Cooper, the General Assembly, the leadership of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the North Carolina Museum of Transportation Foundation for all their support of the museum and obtaining of this funding, ”said Kelly Alexander, executive director of the museum. “These projects will allow us to engage our visitors, increase our economic impact and preserve our equipment for years to come.

“These buildings are critical to our continued growth in exhibit expansion, providing protected storage for restored passenger equipment and providing support facilities for our outdoor car, truck and fire truck exhibits.” said Roy Johnson, president of the NC Transportation Museum Foundation.

The 1896 power station building will be renovated to provide special event space and a venue for traveling exhibitions. It will allow the installation of toilets, a catering kitchen and indoor and outdoor spaces for programming, rentals and events.

The Car Shed will cover the museum’s passenger car fleet. The museum continues to acquire and restore important railway equipment for the operation of the site and the operation of the trains. Covered storage will ensure that important pieces of rolling stock are protected from the sun and other weather conditions that cause rapid deterioration.

The budget also provides $ 280,000 to cover lost receipts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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