Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not offering our Operate-a-Loco program. Please watch this website and Facebook pages for further information. When we do resume the Operate-a-Loco program, safety measures will be implemented. A face covering is required for the participant. The engineer will wear a face covering. Only the participant/purchaser of our Operate-a-Loco activity will be allowed in the cab with the engineer. No other visitors/guests/riders will be allowed in the cab with the participant and engineer. Read about our other COVID-19 Safety Measures.

Drive a diesel locomotive!

The North Carolina Railway Museum’s 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 is in the process of undergoing refurbishment 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. (During the COVID-19 pandemic, only the participant will be allowed in the train cab with the engineer). Operate-a-Loco participants and train cab riders are required to wear closed-toe shoes. Long sleeve shirts are also recommended.
Operate-a-Loco Diesel fare is $175.

Please purchase an Operate-a-Loco experience via the available dates and times on etix here.