Santa Claus visits Bonsal on December 7, 8, 14 and 15. We’ll have trains departing at 9:30, 11:00, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4:00 each excursion day with steam on the 9:30, 12:15 and 2:45 trips. Ticket booth opens at 9 a.m. The train will be decorated for the holidays and everyone will get a chance to meet Santa on the train. Get you tickets by clicking here.
*** If you already have tickets for a steam excursion and would like to move to the 9:30AM departure, please send an email to email@example.com and we will be happy to transfer your reservation as long as there is space available. Thank you!
New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train!
Take a step back in time for an historic railroad experience with an open-air passenger car ride pulled by one of our diesel locomotives or on the Triangle’s only working steam engine. Hundreds of visitors from across the state travel to the 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 monthly excursions from April through December each year.
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.
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 the New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train. Buy your tickets here.