New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), the Triangle’s Train, will host train ride events during two weekends in September—one featuring model trains on Sept. 8 and one including craft beer and food truck fare on Sept. 28.
Visitors to NHVR on Sunday, Sept. 8, during its Thomas in the Garden event, can take a ride on a real train and watch Thomas and Friends™ model trains operate on more than 1,000 feet of miniature track on the railway’s Garden Railroad (G Scale).
Joe Austin, a garden railfan and member of the North Carolina Garden Railroad Society will bring some of his Thomas and Friends™ model locomotives to operate on NHVR’s model railroad during the event.
“Our Garden Railroad operates during each ride event at our railway, but the Thomas in the Garden event is special because visitors have the opportunity to see multiple Thomas and Friends™ model trains run simultaneously on numerous tracks,” said Tom Hutchinson who heads up marketing at the all-volunteer railway. “This event is a great way for families and friends to spend a fun afternoon together riding a real train and watching smaller model trains.”
Trolly Stop will have a cart at the event serving hot dogs and toppings, chips, soda and water.
Trains depart at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase at www.TriangleTrain.com.
Final Brew ‘n’ Choo of 2019 Season Planned for Sept. 28
Later in the month, NHVR will host its final Brew ‘n’ Choo ride event of the 2019 season on Saturday, Sept. 28.
In addition to a train ride, visitors can also enjoy food truck fare from Get Buffaloed and Fortnight Brewing Company will be serving craft beer to adults ages 21 and up.
All Brew ‘n’ Choo events are fundraisers that benefit projects at the railway. The Sept. 28 Brew ‘n’ Choo will benefit the Goldston Depot, which was gifted and moved to the museum’s rail yard in August 2017.
This year, the North Carolina Railway Museum has received two grants to help with the work necessary to restore the historic 1884 depot. A 2019 National Railway Historical Society, Inc. (NRHS) Heritage Grant was awarded in May for $3,500 and the Thomas Dailey Foundation gave the museum $3,000 in August 2019.
The grants are the starting point of more than $20,000 additional funds the museum estimates are needed to finish restorations to the historic railroad building. After final permits are secured, the funds will be used for interior work including electrical wiring, chimney repair, masonry, woodwork, exterior drainage and decking. NHVR hopes to finish restorations to the depot in time for its operating season in April 2021. The depot will eventually be used to educate visitors by storing and displaying railroad artifacts and memorabilia.
Upcoming seasonal events at NHVR
Popular upcoming events at NHVR include Track or Treat Halloween Express trains on Oct. 12, 19 and 26, and Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express trains on Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21. See the complete schedule and buy tickets for any remaining 2019 rides at www.TriangleTrain.com.
NHVR is an operating division of the North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc. Its rail yard is located in Bonsal, N.C., 30 minutes from Raleigh on the Wake-Chatham county line.
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.