Train ride events for families and railfans from March to December

After canceling most of its season last year due to the pandemic, the North Carolina Railway Museum, which operates New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), begins its 2021 season early with a new event.

On Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, the all-volunteer, nonprofit railway will host its inaugural Hop into Spring train rides. The new event will feature socially distant photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and a visual egg hunt along the train route, where riders can search for hidden eggs from their seats.

Model trains will be operating in the Garden Railway, but the Birthday Party caboose and museum exhibit cars will be closed.

Round-trip excursions depart from NHVR’s rail yard located at 3900 Bonsal Rd. in New Hill, N.C., at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on both days. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their departure time.

Individual tickets cost $14 for all ages and currently can only be purchased in advance online. Children under 2 are free. Train capacity will be limited to less than 50 percent to allow for socially distanced seating and all guests, passengers and volunteers are required to wear a face covering while in the rail yard and when riding the train. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their departure time.

“We offer a safe and fun all-outdoor activity for visitors to our rail yard,” says Tom Hutchinson, NHVR marketing representative. “Even though they’re covered with a roof, our passenger cars are open-air making our train rides a fun way for families to spend time together while enjoying springtime weather.”

Visit to see dates, departure times and tickets for all of NHVR’s 2021 rides except for Track or Treat Halloween Express rides and Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express rides, which will go on sale later this year. From April to December, NHVR typically offers two 10:30 a.m. weekday rides and two weekend ride events each month.

In addition to train rides, NHVR also offers its Operate-a-Loco (OAL) experience monthly during its ride season. The OAL program enables railfans and individuals age 18 and up with a valid driver’s license to sit in the engineer’s seat and operate a real diesel locomotive. View upcoming OAL dates and time slots on the website.

Ticket revenue and donations help fund the preservation, restoration and construction projects at the museum and railway. Learn more about how to support current fundraising projects at

About the New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR)
New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), the Triangle’s Train, is the operating division of the North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc. NHVR straddles the historic towns of Bonsal and New Hill, North Carolina, 30-minutes southwest of Raleigh, off 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 501(c)3 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.

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