The volunteers at the North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc. (NCRM) enjoy entertaining and educating railfans, families and individuals of all ages, but the nonprofit, which operates New Hope Valley Railway, is also dedicated to keeping the history and spirit of railroading alive in the Triangle and beyond.
The Museum and Railway are currently raising funds to save 10 historic railroad cars parked near its rail yard at a disconnected railway siding at Duke Energy’s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant.
To save the 10 train cars from the scrap yard and move them to NCRM’s rail yard, nearly $100,000 must be raised. After the move, the Museum hopes to restore the weathered railroad cars and use them in future operations at the railway.
“Donations and funds generated from rides enable our volunteers to preserve railroad history and improve the railway,” says Tom Hutchinson, NHVR marketing representative. “Our revenue significantly decreased last year after canceling most of our ride season due to the pandemic, so we’re seeking donations to help save these unique pieces of North Carolina railroad history.”
Among the 10 railroad cars are two cabooses that Duke Energy is donating to the Museum. The cabooses are equipped with comforts such as a kitchen, air conditioning, bathroom and electric generator. NCRM says that it doesn’t currently own any other rolling stock with these luxuries and that the cabooses could offer a unique riding experience for passengers.
To learn more about the North Carolina Railway Museum’s “Save the Ten” fundraising project and see the different ways you can contribute, visit www.triangletrain.com/save-the-ten. There are sponsor-level incentives for larger donations, that range from 10 free train tickets on a regular ride day to a private charter train ride day with 12 Operate-a-Loco sessions.
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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