At the Throttle: Steam at the NC Transportation Museum

  • 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, NC 28159

At the Throttle: Steam allows you to climb into the cab and operate an authentic steam locomotive, rolling down the tracks at the N.C. Transportation Museum and historic Spencer Shops.

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It's time for YOU to be “At the Throttle” of this beautifully restored coal-fired steam locomotive! Jeddo Coal #85, also known as “Mack,” debuted in September 2017 after a 6 year restoration by John and Barney Gramling of Gramling Locomotive Works.

Built by Vulcan Iron Works in 1928, this 0-4-0 tank engine was originally used to haul stone before being sold to Jeddo Coal in Pennsylvania where it served until the 1960’s.

It was purchased by the Gramlings in 2007. Mack is now visiting railroad museums and tourist railroads along with other locomotives Flagg Coal #75 (“Hank”) and Lehigh Valley Coal #126 (“Sadie”), both of which have been featured in our “At the Throttle” program in years past.

No previous locomotive experience is required. The program is a unique opportunity for rail fans to live their dream of running a steam engine, taking a trip back in time to the golden age of railroading.

A qualified engineer will be in the cab at all times, but participants will enjoy a full half hour operating the engine (following a safety orientation), take home a certificate and a souvenir hat.

NOTE: All participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.

Scheduled from 9:30 to 4:30 each event day.

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A $20 discount is available for all museum members.
Email John Mercer at or call 704-636-2889 ext. 224

NOTE: NC state sales tax applies to all purchases. Handling fee required.