New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR) will host its Military Appreciation ride day during its Slow Down Sunday ride on Sunday, July 8, honoring military personnel and their families.

Just a few days after Independence Day, the railroad will honor those who serve our country with up to four free tickets offered to active duty, reserve, National Guard, veterans and retired military personnel for its diesel train excursions.

Service members and veterans can get free tickets for themselves and up to three family members by presenting military identification at the NHVR ticket booth in the rail yard. Free tickets are only available in person at the ticket booth and cannot be reserved online.

Much of the historic railroad equipment at NHVR was on a U.S. military base before finding its home at the rail yard. Diesel Engines 1640 and 1681 are Ex-U.S. Army 80-ton locomotives and all four of NHVR’s covered passenger cars were built from flat rail cars used to haul tanks and other heavy equipment.

If additional tickets are needed, they can be purchased:

$12 adults
$11 seniors (ages 60+)
$8 children (ages 2-12)
Free-Infants under 2 years of age, in lap of adult

Trains depart at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.