NHVR’s next ride day is this weekend on Saturday, August 27, with its Brew ‘n’ Choo: Pizza Party. A ticket to the event includes a train ride and available at an additional cost is pizza from zpizza, craft beer from Fortnight Brewing, local wine from RagApple Lassie and ice cream from Bruster’s Real Ice Cream of Apex. Live music will be provided by India Cain and Keith Allen, and Last Band Standing; and face painting by Parties & Art Adventures.

Trains depart at 4, 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12/adults, $11/seniors (60+) and $10/children (2-12), under 2 is free. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online. Any unsold tickets will be available at the rail yard the day of the ride.

A selection of pizza, salad and sandwiches will be available for purchase from zpizza. Visitors are encouraged to ride the train first, then place their order with zpizza and eat under one of the covered picnic areas while listening to live music or observing our G-scale Garden Railroad.

People with special dietary needs (gluten-free and vegan) must place orders with zpizza by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26, by calling Tracey at 919-609-7595. Preorders will be available for pick up after your train ride.

Food available the day of the event will include cheese, pepperoni and Napoli pizza slices; Caesar salad; and lunchboxes consisting of either an Italian supersub, turkey sub or Thai wrap, and chips and a cookie. Food and drink are not included in the train excursion fee.

Upcoming events include Working on the Railroad Day on September 11 and Brew ‘n’ Choo: Oktoberfest on September 24.

Help us restore the 1884 Goldston Train Depot! We’re moving it 25 miles from Goldston to Bonsal this summer. After this piece of railroad history moves to its new home in our rail yard, we still need to raise $20,000 to restore it. Renovations include a fresh coat of paint, wood repair, siding, decking and new windows. Please consider making an online donation. Learn more about the Goldston Depot.

New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train! Take a step back in time for an historic railroad experience in a covered, open-air passenger car pulled by our locomotive through scenic woods. Hundreds of visitors from across the state travel to New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), located just 30 minutes south of Raleigh off of U.S Highway 1, Exit 89, to enjoy our exciting train rides on excursions offered from April through November each year. We also have special event ride days and our popular Halloween and Santa trains.

In addition to real working trains, the NHVR is home to the North Carolina Railway Museum. The museum houses a collection of antique train cars, artifacts and historic train memorabilia. It also boasts a Model Garden Railroad, the G-scale, with miniature trains that run on more than 1000 feet of track complete with tunnels, bridges, plants, trees, houses, churches and even its own engine house.

We also have a food truck on-site during ride days. County Line Sweets dessert food truck serves crepes, dessert Belgian waffles, cannolis, tiramisu, cake, brownies and more. Owner Troy Hernandez also operates a hot dog wagon serving a kid’s menu. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream of Apex will serve homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors coinciding with themed ride days. Food is not included in the ticket price.

Whether you have a junior train engineer in the family who is fascinated by choo choos or a retired train enthusiast who can’t get enough of the rails, there is something for everyone at New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train.

Buy your tickets here. New Hope Valley Railway is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) educational non-profit. 100% of ticket fare goes directly into the museum (ticket fare does not include applicable taxes and fees which are additional and do not go to the museum).