Ride a real train with Santa during the first two weekends in December at New Hope Valley Railway! Our Holiday Santa Trains are December 3, 4, 10 & 11.
The trains and the rail yard will be festively decorated with holiday scenes visible along the tracks. Frosty the Snowman will greet children, while Santa Claus and his elf are on board to pose for photos and visit with each child during the ride.
Passengers will ride in covered, open-air train cars and are encouraged to dress for the weather. Our Holiday Santa Trains can sell out, so it’s recommended to buy tickets early.
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).