Drive a diesel locomotive in 2018!

The New Hope Valley Railway Operate-a-Loco program puts YOU in the engineer’s seat of one of our diesel locomotives. Spend an hour at the throttle on the 8-mile round trip New Hope Valley Railway route through the North Carolina piney woods. Experience the thrill of driving a real railroad locomotive.

Our steam engine will be undergoing federally mandated repairs and updates in 2017 and will not be part of our Operate-a-Loco program. However, we’ve added additional times to drive our diesel locomotives as part of this program.

The Operate-a-Loco program is open to anyone aged 16 and up with a valid driver’s license. Participants will operate a diesel locomotive that is not connected to other train cars. Diesel participants will be able to bring up to two (2) additional people as riders. Operate-a-Loco participants and train cab riders are required to wear closed-toe shoes. Long sleeve shirts are also recommended.

Operate-a-Loco dates for 2018:
April 8
May 14
June 10
July 8
August 12
September 9

Operate-a-Loco Diesel fare is $125. To buy a gift certificate or schedule a time, please see below.