Volunteers at the North Carolina Railway Museum are resuming the Operate-a-Loco program at New Hope Valley Railway, with guidance and safety measures implemented to protect participants and volunteers.
1 – A face covering is required for the participant and the supervisory (volunteer) engineer.
2 – The participant/purchaser of our Operate-a-Loco activity and ONE guest will be allowed in the cab with the engineer.
Read about our other COVID-19 Safety Measures.

Drive a diesel locomotive! Operate-a-Loco Diesel fare is $175.

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 18 and up with a valid driver’s license. Participants will operate a diesel locomotive that is not connected to other train cars.

Operate-a-Loco participants  are required to wear closed-toe shoes. Long sleeve shirts are also recommended.

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

A wonderful video from Our State Magazine – Best-Kept Secrets in the Triangle: North Carolina Railway Museum. At the 2:40 mark in the video, reporter Elizabeth Byland experiences our Operate-a-Loco opportunity.