The effects of COVID-19 are being felt by businesses, nonprofits and individuals across the Triangle and beyond, and unfortunately the North Carolina Railway Museum, home to the New Hope Valley Railway, is not immune.

The museum and NHVR, located at 3900 Bonsal Rd. in New Hill, will remain closed and delay the start of its 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The all-volunteer organization’s museum, rail yard and trains are closed to the public through April 30, 2020, which means its first four ride events of the season are canceled.

The new Spring Express train rides planned for April 4-5, weekday rides on Wednesday, April 8, and Friday, April 17, as well as Brew ‘n’ Choo rides for April 26 are canceled. Refunds have been issued to individuals who purchased tickets for those dates.

NHVR is currently planning to start its 2020 season with its Slow Down Sunday event on May 10; however, NHVR Marketing Representative Tom Hutchinson says the organization will hold a virtual meeting with its Board of Directors in April to decide the fate of future events beyond April 30.

“In addition to abiding by the stay-at-home order recently issued, we made the decision to remain closed to the public through April 30 because the health and safety of our customers and all-volunteer staff is always our top priority,” said Hutchinson. “We ask customers to check our website and social media pages for information on future events as we monitor this evolving situation and we are looking forward to the day that visitors can once again fill our rail yard and train cars.”

At present, NHVR is also planning to resume its offerings for its vintage 1913 birthday party caboose and its Operate-a-Loco program after April 30. However, like train ticketholders, birthday party caboose customers and Operate-a-Loco participants are encouraged to check the website, www.TriangleTrain.com, and NHVR’s official social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

Here is the complete list of train rides planned for the 2020 season with canceled rides noted.

2020 Weekend Ride Days (Listed for easy pickup in Calendar Events)
(dates, events, times and prices are subject to change):

CANCELED: New Hope Valley Railway’s Spring Express features train rides, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, a visual egg hunt, kid-friendly food and other free activities. Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, 2020, Departs: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $12. www.TriangleTrain.com

CANCELED: New Hope Valley Railway Brew ‘n’ Choo train ride, food truck and local craft brewery. Sunday, April 26, 2020, Departs: 1, 2:30, 4 & 5:30 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Slow Down Sunday train ride. Sunday, May 10, 2020, Departs: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Brew ‘n’ Choo train ride, food truck and local craft brewery. Saturday, May 30, 2020, Departs: 1, 2:30, 4 & 5:30 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Slow Down Sunday train ride. Sunday, June 14, 2020, Departs: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Brew ‘n’ Choo train ride, food truck and local craft brewery. Saturday, June 27, 2020, Departs: 1, 2:30, 4 & 5:30 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Slow Down Sunday train ride. Sunday, July 12, 2020, Departs: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Brew ‘n’ Choo train ride, food truck and local craft brewery. Saturday, July 25, 2020, Departs: 1, 2:30, 4 & 5:30 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Slow Down Sunday train ride. Sunday, August 9, 2020, Departs: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Brew ‘n’ Choo train ride, food truck and local craft brewery. Saturday, August 29, 2020, Departs: 1, 2:30, 4 & 5:30 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Slow Down Sunday train ride. Sunday, September 6, 2020, Departs: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Brew ‘n’ Choo train ride, food truck and local craft brewery. Saturday, September 26, 2020, Departs: 1, 2:30, 4 & 5:30 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway’s family-friendly Track or Treat: Halloween Express event features spooky, kid-friendly train rides, children’s activities and food. Saturdays, October 10, 17 & 24, 2020, Departs: 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $14. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Slow Down Sunday train ride. Sunday, November 15, 2020, Departs: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway’s Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express features holiday-themed train rides with Santa Claus and kid’s activities. Saturdays, December 5, 12 & 19 and Sundays, December 6 & 13, 2020, Departs: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $11-$13. www.TriangleTrain.com

2020 Weekday Ride Days: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

CANCELED: New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

CANCELED: New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Friday, April 17, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Friday, May 22, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Friday, June 19, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Friday, July 17, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Friday, August 21, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Friday, September 18, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

New Hope Valley Railway Weekday train ride. Friday, November 20, 2020, Departs: 10:30 a.m., 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, N.C. 27562, 919-396-5833, Tickets: $7-$10. www.TriangleTrain.com

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 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 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. Also available are opportunities to operate a locomotive, host a birthday party in an historic caboose, and visit the North Carolina Railway Museum, Garden Railway (G Scale) and gift shop.

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