Diesel Pulls Weight as Steam Undergoes Repairs

A routine annual safety inspection of NHVR’s steam locomotive prior to the beginning of its 2014 season has found mechanical repairs must be made to Engine 17.

“We will not be able operate our steam locomotive during our ride days for the next several months; however, our diesel locomotive will be fully operational on all ride days,” says Mike MacLean, NHVR president and long-time volunteer.

Anyone who has purchased tickets for the steam locomotive will be refunded the price difference ($1 children/$2 adults) to ride the diesel train at the same departure time. Refunds will be handled onsite, the day of the ride at the ticket booth.

During opening ride day on Saturday, April 12, in conjunction with NC Science Festival, many demonstrations and activities will take place in the railway yard. McLean will discuss the repairs being made to steam Engine 17 and why safety is a top priority for visitors, passengers and volunteers.

“Safety is at the core of everything we do,” MacLean says. “While we work on our steam locomotive repairs, the public can still enjoy a scenic ride in open-air passenger cars pulled by one of our diesel locomotives.”

View a video from NHVR President Mike MacLean.

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