New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), the Triangle’s Train, begins its new 2018 ride season on Sunday, April 8, in conjunction with the North Carolina Science Festival, which showcases science, technology, engineering and mathematics at venues across the state.

During NHVR’s opening day, trains will depart at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Visitors will see some of the work that goes into operating and maintaining a real railroad. The ride event will celebrate trains and science with free science demonstrations. NHVR’s Garden Railroad (G Scale) will also be operating. Ticket prices range from $8-$12.

Catering on Demand, NHVR’s food vendor, will serve a kid-friendly menu including hamburgers and hot dogs and adults 21+ can enjoy beer and wine. Food and drink are not included in the train excursion fee.

“There is a lot of science behind operating a real locomotive. NHVR’s all-volunteer staff will teach visitors about the science behind steam engines, diesel trains and railroad track,” said Peter Jasion, New Hope Valley Railway marketing manager. “For those not able to attend our ride day on April 8, we have many other themed event rides planned for the 2018 season, including a strawberry festival, beach party, luau, ice cream social, pizza party and our popular Halloween and Santa trains.”

NHVR is located 30 minutes south of downtown Raleigh off of U.S. 1, Exit 89. Visitors can view the full 2018 ride schedule and purchase tickets online at Any unsold tickets will be available at the railway ticket booth one hour before the first ride.

Here is the 2018 ride schedule:

Saturdays and Sundays (departure times vary)

April 8 – North Carolina Science Festival
April 28 – Brew ‘n’ Choo Strawberry Festival
May 12 – Celebrate Mom
May 26 – Brew ‘n’ Choo Beach Party
June 10 – Slow Down Sunday
June 30 – Brew ‘n’ Choo Luau
July 8 – Slow Down Sunday
July 28 – Brew ‘n’ Choo Ice Cream Social
August 12 – Slow Down Sunday
August 25 – Brew ‘n’ Choo Pizza Party
September 9 – Slow Down Sunday
September 29 – Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo
October 13 – Track or Treat: Halloween Express
October 20 – Track or Treat: Halloween Express
October 27 – Track or Treat: Halloween Express
November 11 – Slow Down Sunday
December 1 – Holiday Santa Trains
December 2 – Holiday Santa Trains
December 8 – Holiday Santa Trains
December 9 – Holiday Santa Trains
December 15 – Holiday Santa Trains

Weekday Ride Days: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
April 11
April 27
May 9
May 25
June 13
June 22
July 11
July 27
August 8
August 24
September 12
September 28
November 14

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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