Operate-a-Loco

The New Hope Valley Railway Operate-a-Loco program puts YOU in the engineer’s seat of one of our diesel locomotives. Spend an hour at the throttle on the 8-mile round trip New Hope Valley Railway route through the North Carolina piney woods. Experience the thrill of driving a real railroad locomotive.

During our 2017 season, only diesel engines, not steam, are available to be driven in our Operate-a-Loco program. Cost is $125.

The Operate-a-Loco program is open to anyone aged 16 years and up with a valid driver’s license. Participants will operate a locomotive that is not connected to a train. Diesel participants will be able to bring up to 2 additional people as riders.

Tentative Operate-a-Loco dates for 2017:
April 8
May 14
June 10
July 8
August 12
September 9
November 11

Operate-a-Loco fare is $125 for Diesel.