This weekend, on Saturday, May 7, we will have our Celebrate Mom and Golden Spike Ceremony ride day. Moms will receive a complimentary chocolate rose in honor of Mother’s Day weekend and all visitors can watch the Golden Spike Ceremony, a demonstration celebrating the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad connecting the east and west railroads in the United States nearly 150 years ago.
Throughout the day NHVR volunteers will demonstrate what railroad spikes are and how they are used, and we will drive our own golden spike (also known as The Last Spike) into our track to commemorate the historic railroad event.
The original golden spike was hammered on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads. The First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States established coast-to-coast transportation of people and goods.
County Line Sweets food truck will serve desserts and face painting will be available by Parties & Art Adventures by Lynne Fischer.
Nov. 8, 2015, we had our Goldston Depot Day ride day dedicated to raising funds to move the 1884 Goldston Train Depot 25 miles from Goldston to Bonsal, where it will reside in its new home in our rail yard. We still need to raise more funds. Please consider making an online donation to help us get this piece of railroad history! Click here to make your donation and learn more.
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 will also operate 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).