Up Next in Our Rail Yard
Our first May rides are on “Slowdown Sunday”, May 9, which is also Mothers’ Day…so slowdown and treat your family to a leisurely 50 minute, 15 mph ride through the North Carolina woods. Tickets are still available for our 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm rides that day. Our other weekend ride opportunities in May are on Saturday, May 29 when we have 5 rides, starting at 11:30 am and leaving every 90 minutes until 5:30 pm.
We recently added rides at Noon to join our 10:30 am rides on Wednesday, May 12 and Friday, May 21…giving you more opportunities to ride during the week in May.
Our Operate-a-Loco experiences for May are sold out, but times are available in June and later months.
To purchase tickets for our rides, please see our ticket calendar Buy Tickets. Please visit our schedule page to review our other scheduled 2021 ride dates. Choose your ride day or month, select a departure time, then ‘Buy Tickets’. Our Family Cabooses sell out quickly, so if a ride does not show a caboose is available, it has already been sold. The price for a Family Caboose is $100 for up to ten passengers.
Tickets for our Track or Treat: Halloween Express rides and Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express rides are not yet available for purchase and will be added to the ‘Buy Tickets Calendar’ this summer. Please check here or on our Facebook page for any updates or changes.
The safety measures implemented last year will remain in 2021 until further notice. Despite overall venue capacity increases allowed by North Carolina governmental orders, the key safety measure is social distancing within our open-air passenger cars. As a result, each passenger car is being limited to an average of 30% of its 60 person capacity in May. Although the State of North Carolina has relaxed mask requirements, TSA and the Federal Railway Administration currently have stricter mask requirements for transportation venues…even historic ones such as ours.
Please read the important ride info on our Plan Your Visit page to make your trip comfortable and memorable. Currently, our No. 17 steam locomotive is undergoing regularly scheduled repairs to maintain safety and compliance. In the meantime, all trains are pulled by vintage diesel-electric locomotives followed by four open-air passenger cars and a caboose.
We appreciate your patronage, donations, and support in 2020. We took precautions to protect our volunteers and visitors and will continue to do so during the pandemic. The museum and trains are operated and maintained 100 percent by volunteers, passionate to preserve and share railroad history. For more information on some of our volunteers, see Tracking Our Volunteers.
Help Save The Ten & Preserve NC Rail History
Our latest project is to save ten historic railway cars currently parked at the Shearon Harris Power Plant, including four currently owned by us and six cars that Duke Energy is willing to donate to us. In addition to having historical significance, two cars are cabooses that could be added to our train relatively quickly to add capacity. For more information on this new project, information on special benefits for corporate and larger donations and various ways to donate, see Save the Ten and Preserve NC Railroad History.
Please consider a donation to help us with this project!
OAL & Events
The New Hope Valley Railway is the Triangle’s Train, offering excursion rides on vintage equipment at the North Carolina Railway Museum. The North Carolina Railway Museum is a private, educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and sharing North Carolina’s railroad history. The open-air museum features displays of historic railroad equipment and artifacts, a large garden railroad, memorabilia, and a gift shop.
Year the organization was chartered.
Miles of track for an hour ride out & back.