The Story of the North Carolina Railroad Company
The North Carolina Railroad Company welcomes you to Whistlestop and hopes you'll return many times to read the story of the railroad. The exhibit includes a model of Company Shops which contains many little scenes of life in the late 1800's, including the photographer posing people for the picture that is seen in the mural upstairs. Enjoy the train fronts as they come through the engine house; they're accurately recreated to capture the power and size of the rail industry's iron horses.
The exhibit houses two timelines which parallel the history of the rail industry at large with the story of the North Carolina Railroad Company.
Model of Company Shops, NC
A scale model of the heart of Company Shops, built in N-gauge, and depicting the town as it would have looked in 1870. Maps, photographs, and text describing the primary structures in detail accompany the model. See the large machine shops filled with rolling stock and the Railroad Hotel come to life in this exhibit centerpiece!
4-4-0 Steam Engine
Built to represent the first locomotive to be built entirely at Company Shops, No. 8 The Pioneer. The 4-4-0 was one of the primary locomotive types owned by the NCRR in the days of Company Shops.
The General Electric Dash 9 is considered the workhorse of the NS fleet. The exhibit's train front is built to scale and weighs 7,000 pounds. A real engine would weigh 450,000 pounds.
Admission: Free Hours: Open 9-6pm, 7 days a week