Phase three to reopen local movie theater, NC Transportation Museum train rides – Salisbury Post

By Natalie Anderson
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SALISBURY — Though the transition to phase three of  the state’s reopening looks to have little impact on most local businesses, train rides at the NC Transportation Museum will become available and movie theaters will welcome guests for the first times in six months.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that the state will move into its next phase of reopening on Friday at 5 p.m. as COVID-9-related trends and metrics have remained stable throughout the month of September. Face coverings remain mandatory and gathering limits remain in effect, and phase three will primarily impact outdoor venues, amusement parks and bars.

While large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 allows 7% capacity, small outdoor venues can operate at 30% capacity, or 100 guests maximum. Movie theaters and conference centers can reopen at 30% capacity or 100 seated guests. Bars can allow for 30% capacity outdoors.

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N.C. Transportation Museum cancels Polar Express Train Ride in 2020

SPENCER, N.C. — The N.C. Transportation Museum released a statement on social media Friday, saying the Polar Express Train Ride has been canceled for 2020.

The full statement is provided below:

“The N.C. Transportation Museum and the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation, in accordance with our event partners and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, have made the decision to cancel THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in 2020.

This was a difficult decision.

The N.C. Transportation Museum is currently open with capacity limitations for exhibit buildings, while train and turntable rides are suspended. Uncertainty remains regarding limits to museum operations over the next three months, including our ability to offer an on-site train

We have remained in close contact with our event partners, sought advice from industry leaders, and discussed ways to hold a scaled down event. While numerous adjustments and alternate offerings were considered, the two factors

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Grant will help launch Shelby Bicycle Museum | Life & Culture News

SHELBY — Sometimes dream can become reality.

The Shelby Cycle Historical Society announced Tuesday morning it has received a grant to create the Shelby Bicycle Museum on the grounds of the original Shelby Cycle factory at the Shelby Justice Center.

The $29,000 grant includes more than $10,000 of volunteer research time, as well as $5,000 to purchase a display case, bicycle racks, and interpretive panels and murals which will tell the history of several bicycle companies that made Shelby home, as well as the other factories that were housed in the building before the bicycle factory, and the seamless tube industry that started the boom.

The display will be tied to through QR codes, where visitors can find additional information.

The museum will be functional by May 2021 for RichHistory weekend, a self-guided driving tour of Richland County’s museums and other places of interest.

“In July 2021 during Shelby

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Virginia Museum Of Transportation

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Virginia Museum of Transportation will be closed until further notice.

We are experiencing unprecedented times in regards to our closure and COVID-19’s impact both locally and worldwide. Almost every business in the country, especially those that serve the public, like our museum, has been drastically impacted.  Sadly, many businesses/organizations will not survive this.

As a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on admissions, membership sales/renewals, store sales, and donations to operate the museum and take care of our small staff.  Even though we are the transportation museum of the Commonwealth, we receive no federal or state funding and a very small amount from the local governments.  With no visitors nor events during this time of social distancing, we have lost almost the entirety of our income.

We continue to work diligently to provide virtual offerings as well and continue to plan

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Forney Museum of Transportation

Experience Transportation History!

The Forney Museum of Transportation is a one-of-a-kind collection of over 600 artifacts relating to historical transportation. It began 60 years ago with a single 1921 Kissel, but soon expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Today it includes not just vehicles, but also buggies, motorcycles, steam locomotives, aircraft, carriages, rail equipment, fire apparatus, public transportation, sleighs, bicycles, toys & diecast models, vintage apparel and much, much more!

Our collection highlights include: Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ Steam Locomotive #4005, Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel ‘Gold Bug’,  Forney Locomotive, Colorado & Southern Caboose, 1923 Hispano-Suiza, 1913-53 Indian Motocycle Collection, Denver & Rio Grande Dining Car,  Stutz Fire Engine, 1888 Denver Cable Car, 1923 Case Steam Tractor, 1817 Draisenne Bicycle, 500 Piece Matchbox Collection, and more! 

Our Mission

The Forney Museum of Transportation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which exists to collect, preserve, and exhibit items of artistic,

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