New Hope Valley Railway’s Brew ‘n’ Choo Luau Features Food, Drinks and Entertainment

New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), the Triangle’s Train, will host a Brew ‘n’ Choo Luau on Saturday, June 30, from 1-6 p.m. at its rail yard in Bonsal, located 30 minutes from Raleigh off of Old U.S. 1 South on the Wake-Chatham county line.

Ride the train in a Hawaiian setting complete with craft beer, barbecue and music. Iconic Productions’ DJ Harry will host games prizes and giveaways, including limbo, hula hoop and dance contests. Train excursions depart at 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the Luau event will go toward the restoration of NHVR’s Steam Engine #17, which is currently undergoing its mandated, 15-year, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) inspection.

“Our island-inspired Brew ‘n’ Choo Luau has something for all ages to enjoy,” said Peter Jasion, NHVR marketing manager. “After riding the train, families and friends can create a lasting memory of their visit to the rail yard by taking a photo in front of the tropical beach backdrop.”

NHVR’s food vendor, Catering on Demand, will serve Hawaiian roasted barbecue with chicken long rice or aloha sweet potatoes. Hand dipped premium ice creams and non-alcoholic piña colada and strawberry smoothies will also be available for purchase.

Train tickets cost $10-$12 and all visitors must purchase a ticket to be admitted onto the grounds. Purchase tickets for adults, seniors (ages 60+) and children (ages 2-12) at Children must always be accompanied by an adult and food and drinks are not included in the train ticket price.

Upcoming events at the rail yard include Slow Down Sunday on July 8 and a Brew ‘n’ Choo Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 28.

The full 2018 ride schedule is at

About the New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR)
New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train, straddles the historic towns of Bonsal and New Hill, North Carolina, 30-minutes southwest of Raleigh, off of U.S. Highway 1, Exit 89. A real train takes passengers on one-hour scenic rides through the woods in covered, open-air train cars. The organization was chartered in 1983 as the East Carolina Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and soon began its all-volunteer operated public train ride days. Also available are opportunities to operate a locomotive, host a birthday party in an historic caboose, and visit the North Carolina Railway Museum, Garden Railroad (G Scale) and gift shop.

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