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North Carolina Transportation Museum to get more than $2 million in renovations


SPENCER, North Carolina — The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Rowan County is getting more than $2 million in renovations.

The Salisbury Post reported ( that state officials have announced the start of the renovation to the museum's former powerhouse building in Spencer.

Interim Museum Director Kevin Cherry says the first phase will focus on restoring the structural integrity of the building constructed in 1896. The building originally provided power to Southern Railways' repair facility for steam-powered trains as well as the town.

The repair facility became a museum in the 1980s. The powerhouse building was damaged in a 2010 tornado.

The first phased of the renovations are being funded with $1.6 million in state funds and $600,000 from the museum foundation.

The work is expected to be finished later this year.

Information from: Salisbury Post,

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