The Triangle’s Train hosts newly named holiday-themed train ride Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 15

(Bonsal, N.C., Sept. 27, 2018)New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), the Triangle’s Train, is continuing its holiday tradition with Santa Claus and train rides, but with a new name – Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express.

The event is named after a new activity taking place on all train rides on Saturdays Dec. 1, 8 and 15, and Sundays Dec. 2 and 9. Passengers will search for Santa’s nine missing reindeer (including Rudolph) along the train tracks during their ride and in the rail yard.

Santa on NHVR’s diesel engine. Photo by Jimmy Sumerell.

Additionally, the trains and rail yard will be festively decorated, and holiday scenes will be set up along the tracks. Frosty the Snowman will greet children in the rail yard, while Santa Claus and his elf are on board to pose for photos and visit with each child during the hour-long ride.

“Since 1988, families and friends have celebrated the holiday season at New Hope Valley Railway,” said Peter Jasion. “Our event is the only place in the Triangle where visitors can visit with Santa during a real train ride.”

Visitors will ride in open-air passenger cars and are encouraged to dress for the weather. Trains will operate in the snow, sleet or rain so plan to dress accordingly. Hot chocolate and other concessions will be available from NHVR’s food vendor.

Trains rides depart at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (ages 60+), $12 for children (ages 2-12) and are free for infants under two years of age who sit in the lap of an adult ticketholder.

Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express trains can sell out. NHVR recommends buying tickets online at and arriving at the rail yard 30 minutes prior to the train departure time.

About the New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR)
New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train, 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 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 Railroad (G Scale) and gift shop.

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