In a unique circumstance in the train world, a depot is coming to the train instead of the train to the depot in July 2017.
The historical Goldston Depot is moving to New Hope Valley Railway’s (NHVR) rail yard located 30-minutes southwest of Raleigh. It will be used as a depot, gathering place for special occasions in the rail yard and a place to display railroad artifacts and information.
In November 2015, the North Carolina Railway Museum — home to NHVR — was gifted the 1884 train depot by Todd Gaines, a Goldston businessman. Todd’s father, Jerry Gaines, saved the 23′ x 58′ depot from demolition in 1973 and used the building as storage for tires and wares from his three companies. The depot served the community of Goldston, N.C. until the mid-1900s.
The same moving company that moved the depot to the Gaines’ property more than 40 years ago, will move it approximately 30 miles east to NHVR’s rail yard in Bonsal.
The building has been pulled out of its current location in Goldston and turned to a position where the cranes can lift off the roof, which will be moved first followed by the rest of the building.