Steam Locomotives

Cliffside #110 at Bonsal after cosmetic restoration.

Cliffside #110 was built for a logging railroad tied to McRae Lumber and Manufacturing Company in Quincy, FL (now part of Rex Lumber Co) and worked for them from 1927 until 1930. #110 was sold in 1963 to Echo Valley Park in Cleveland, S.C. and ran on the amusement park’s “Swamp Rabbit RR”. Then the locomotive was sold to Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad in 1969. Being the smallest and slowest steam locomotive at Stone Mountain, it saw little use at the park. In 2012, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association donated the #110 to the North Carolina Railway Museum. In February 2013, #110 was moved from her display location to Stone Mountain RR Shops for transport to Bonsal, N.C. Builder: Vulcan Iron Works. Built: July 1927. Type 2-6-2. Builder’s Number: 3739. Status: Restoration. Read more about Cliffside #110.

Steam Engine #17 carries its fuel and water supplies on board, not in a separate tender. Most of this type of locomotives were used in industrial or railroad switching service due to their small size. Builder: Vulcan Iron Works. Built: April 1941. Type: 0-4-0. Builder’s Number: 4309. Status: 1472 inspection.

Diesel Locomotives

1686: This engine is currently NHVR’s primary motive power. Execpt for having been build eight years apart, 1686 is virtually identical to locomotive #71. 1686 worked for the North Carolina Ports Authority (ex. Beaufort and Morehead) in Morehead City, N.C. alongside B&M #75 (now at Bonsal) and B&M 1860 (now at Spencer Shops). Builder: General Electric. Type: 80-ton Diesel-Electric. Built: March 1953. Builder’s Number: 31818. Status: Operational.

399: This engine is currently NHVR’s primary motive power. #399 is a 65-ton GE center cab acquired from military surplus. Originally, U.S. Navy #65-00399, she served at Theodore, AL – Naval Ammunition Magazine. She became U.S. Marine Corps #289330 and served at Camp LeJeune, NC before coming to Bonsal. Builder: General Electric. Type: 65-ton Diesel-Electric. Built: March 1943. Status: Operational.

71: Typical of the Diesel-Electric locomotives sold to small railroads and industries across North America. This GE 80-ton is an example of a very successful locomotive family. Never a candidate for most beautiful locomotive, nor the fastest, these GE center-cabs were popular due to their rugged construction and pure utilitarian design. Builder: General Electric. Type: 80-ton Diesel-Electric. Built: March 1945. Builder’s Number: 27994. Status: Non-operational.

70: This locomotive is similar in appearance to the GE center-cabs with some design elements common to industrial locomotives of its era. This locomotive has only one traction motor per truck and uses side rods to transfer power to the other side. Builder: Whitcomb. Type: 45-ton Diesel Electric. Built: April 1941. Builder’s Number: 60298. Status: Operational.

75: A Whitcomb design, this engine was built by the resulting merger of the Baldwin Locomotive Works and the Lima and Hamilton Crane companies. This engine operated at New York Shipbuilding in Camden, NJ possibly at the same time as our steam locomotive #17. Builder: Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton. Type: 80-ton Diesel-Electric. Built: April 1947. Builder’s Number: 60738. Status: Display.

10: This GE end-cab is an example of a very small, no-frills locomotive design used by many industrial and short line railroads. The smallest of the NHVR locomotives, it has only one powered axle (traction motor), and uses a chain-drive to transmit power to the other axle. Builder: General Electric. Type: 25-ton Diesel Electric. Built: April 1950. Builder’s Number: 30590. Status: Non-operational.


335: Norfolk Southern wood-sided Caboose. Status: Display; Birthday Parties and Meetings.

308: Aberdeen & Rockfish Caboose. Status: Operational.

5228: Seaboard Caboose. Status: Display.

Passenger Cars

6929: Boston and Main RDC-9. Builder: Budd. Built: 12/1958. Status: Restoration.

188: Southern Railway Post Office & Baggage car. This heavyweight dutifully served the Southern Railway system for many years. It was donated to the East Carolina Chapter NRHS by Southern in the 70s. The car has been painstakingly restored and is open as an exhibit during operating days to the public. Builder: Bethlehem Steel. Built: 1922. Status: Display.

8707: Troop Transport. Built: 12/1942. Builder: St. Louis Car Company.