When you become a member of the North Carolina Railway Museum, you not only get the opportunity to service, maintain and operate real trains, you also are invited to participate in regular educational trainings, socialize with other railfans and provide ideas and insight for future plans and projects of the New Hope Valley Railway.
Download, print and complete your Membership Application Form. Return completed forms to:
North Carolina Railway Museum
Post Office Box 40
New Hill, NC 27562-0040
The NHVR is operated by member volunteers, and there are limitless opportunities for people with all kinds of backgrounds and skill sets to help out. In addition to train crews who operate and maintain the trains and rail, administrators, artists, carpenters, curators, docents, researchers, gardeners, storytellers, attorneys, and shopkeepers – just to name a few, are needed to keep the Triangle’s Train operating smoothly.
Don’t have any of these skills but want to learn? We can train you. Just like our new train crew members shadow the experienced, you can learn to operate the ticket booth, beautify the grounds with fresh plants and keep the train cars looking spiffy with a fresh coat of paint from one of our practiced members who have been doing it for years. As you work to maintain and improve the NHVR with fellow volunteers, you have the opportunity to share stories and learn about the history and heritage of the railroad.
Volunteers are required to be at least provisional members of the NHVR and a minimum of 18 years of age in order to share their knowledge and skills. Work sessions are held at Bonsal every Wednesday, Saturday (and most Sundays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all year round. There is always plenty of work, camaraderie and fun to be had.