NC Transportation Museum Praises $ 10 Million Included In State Budget For Installation In State Budget – Salisbury Post

SPENCER – The North Carolina Transportation Museum has announced that it will use $ 10 million from the state budget to complete a renovation and restoration project and to house historic passenger cars.

Earlier this month, the Republican-led General Assembly and Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, enacted a 2021-23 compromise budget that will spend $ 25.9 billion in the current fiscal year, which started on July 1, and $ 27 billion in the Year 2022-23.

The museum will also receive $ 280,000 to recover lost revenue from the pandemic.

Funding for the NC Transportation Museum was part of some $ 70 million in state money earmarked for local projects or organizations. Others included Bell Tower Green, Rowan Museum, a new position in the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office, and Partners in Learning.

Part of the transport museum funds will be used to renovate and restore the Spencer Shops power station, established in 1896. The building will be renovated to provide special event space and a venue for traveling exhibitions.

The North Carolina Transportation Museum will receive $ 10 million in state funding to complete the 1896 Spencer Shops power plant renovation and restoration project, and for the Car Shed to house the museum’s passenger cars. This restoration project will help preserve North Carolina’s rich transportation history.

“These projects will allow us to engage our visitors, increase our economic impact and preserve our equipment for years to come,” said Kelly Alexander, Museum Executive Director.

The car shed will cover the museum’s passenger car park. The museum continues to acquire and restore railway equipment such as passenger cars, and the coverage will ensure that such equipment is protected from the sun and other natural elements that can cause rapid deterioration.

“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 NC Transportation Museum is home to the largest remaining operational rotunda in North America and many structures that represent what was once Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in the Southeast. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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