On Giving Tuesday or anytime throughout the year, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc, the parent organization of the Triangle’s Train–New Hope Valley Railway.

Our purpose is to preserve railroad history in North Carolina. We welcome visitors to our railyard museum to see and learn about railroad cars, cabooses, equipment, artifacts and even an 1884 train depot on those days/times a couple times each month when we run train rides.

Volunteers are dedicated to putting in the work at no labor cost to restore and preserve what’s in our railyard but we need funding for parts, supplies and other items. Train ride tickets only pay for a portion of our expenses. We depend on donations for the rest.

We are an IRS registered 501(c)3 education focused charitable non-profit. As a charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

There are two ways to donate:

  1. If you are on Facebook, please go to our Triangle’s Train facebook page to donate. There are no fees charged and our NC Railway Museum gets 100% of your donation. 
  2. Network For Good (NFG)
    We use Network For Good (NFG) to process our online donations. NFG charges us a 5% fee for use of their service. NFG will give you the option to cover their 5% fee in addition to the donation you wish to make to the NCRM. But you are under no obligation to do so. NFG will provide you with a receipt for your tax-deductible donation to the NCRM.

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As the only place in the Triangle where you can ride behind a real locomotive or sign up to operate one, the North Carolina Railway Museum—parent organization to New Hope Valley Railway—needs your support. Here are some of the projects underway and how donation dollars are being used by our 100-percent volunteer railroad:

Save the Ten Ten historic railroad cars parked at a disconnected railway siding on Duke Energy’s Harris Nuclear Power Plant property were moved during the spring of 2022 to our railyard. Our all-volunteer railway raised funds to save the railroad cars from the scrap yard. In the mid-1990’s, the NCRM acquired four railroad cars which were then stored on the Harris’ property until they could eventually be moved to the museum’s rail yard. Due to tightened security measures after 9-11, we were unable to enter the plant area to view our cars until late 2019. After visiting the museum’s four cars, a few NCRM volunteers discovered that Duke Energy had an additional six railroad cars they were willing to donate to the museum. All eight cars and two cabooses are in our railyard and we now need funding to get them restored. For additional information concerning these ten railroad cars, see Save the Ten and Preserve NC Railroad History.

Steam Engine #17: The steam engine is currently undergoing its 15-year, Federal Railroad Administration inspection and repair. We’re raising funds to finish the required work to get it back into operation so it can be enjoyed by visitors to our railway.

Goldston Depot: The historic 1884 depot was moved to our rail yard in 2017. We’ve already added fresh paint and metal roofing, but we’re aiming to finish restorations on the building.

Thank you for your contribution toward the history and spirit of railroading at North Carolina Railway Museum and New Hope Valley Railway!

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Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitations License Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.