Save the Ten and Preserve NC Railroad History

Update April 2022:  published an article about our Save the Ten project. Click to read it here: The move is now planned for the month of May. The next ride is the May Brew ‘n’ Choo, after the move.

Update March 2022: The North Carolina Railway Museum volunteers have successfully moved all 10 railroad cars within the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant to a track where they will be lifted by crane and moved to our property. Our crane and rail car mover contractors have assessed all of the cars to finalize how each one will be lifted and transported over public roads. At this point we are tentatively scheduling to start moving the 10 cars the first week in May.

It should take 4-5 days to move all 10 railroad cars weather permitting and everything going smoothly. We will be running our trains for the public as scheduled in April. After the Brew and Choo ride day on April 24, we will begin removing all the train loading platforms and fencing in our main yard area.

This will be a big job and needs to get done before the 10 railroad cars start arriving from Shearon Harris the following week. Operate A Loco will happen as scheduled on Saturday May 7. After all the railroad cars have been unloaded along Daisey Street, we will then put all the fencing and platforms back into place in time for our train rides scheduled for Sunday May 15. We are not encouraging people to come out to watch the railroad cars arrive and be unloaded on our property. This process will entail a very large crane, big trucks, and our contractors’ personnel working to assure everything is done in a safe manner. It will not be safe for visitors to be in the area during this work. Several of our crew will be taking pictures and videos of this operation to share later. We appreciate your support for the Save the 10 project. The cars will be here soon (finally). We continue to accept donations for the move, and to begin restoration work as needed on each car.

UPDATE January 2022: The contract with Duke Energy to move the 10 railroad cars was finalized and signed in Dec. 2021. Thank you to all who contributed in helping us raise a total of nearly $190,000 toward our Save the 10 project. As of mid-January, the NC Railway Museum volunteer team has full access to the 10 cars at Shearon Harris. First step is to safely move all the cars within the plant area to the lift point and then via public roads to our railway. Initial assessment is that after sitting so long the brakes on some of these cars are completely stuck. It will take work to get them to safely roll. We will be using our railcar mover once they are ready to roll. Our estimated target date to move these cars is late March to early April 2022. We have much work to do and will undoubtedly face unexpected challenges. Once we move the 10 cars, we will also get about 2500 feet of track that we can also use in the rail yard.

History of the Save the Ten Project

Located less than five miles from the North Carolina Railway Museum (NCRM), which is home to the New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), are 10 historic railroad cars parked at a disconnected railway siding on Duke Energy’s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant property. Our all-volunteer railway is raising funds to save the railroad cars from the scrap yard and needs nearly $100,000 to move all 10 cars to the museum’s rail yard. In the mid-1990s, the NCRM acquired four railroad cars which were then stored on Shearon Harris’ property until they could eventually be moved to the museum’s rail yard. Shortly after 9-11 occurred, plant security tightened and we were unable to enter the plant area to visit our cars until late 2019. After visiting the museum’s four cars in fall 2019, a few NCRM volunteers discovered that Duke Energy had an additional six railroad cars they were willing to donate to the museum—if we could pay to move them. Unfortunately, shortly after discussions began to move the cars, the COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020. Nearly all NHVR’s rides during its 2020 season were canceled due to the pandemic, and the few rides that did happen were limited to 30 percent capacity. Since most of the our revenue comes from train ride ticket sales, this left us with a lot of lost income and depleted our rainy day fund. Below are the 10 railroad cars that need to be moved to the NCRM rail yard. Items 1-4 are owned by NCRM and are in weathered condition but restorable. Items 5 and 6 are owned by Duke Energy and are being donated to NCRM.

  1. Historic ex-Pullman sleeper, originally called the Calais, but later re-named the Alexandria, that was built in 1916. In the late 1940’s it was acquired by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and converted into a foreman/cook car for use on maintenance trains. Much later, one end was altered to appear to be an observation car. Rumor has it, this modification was done so that the car could be used in a movie featuring a presidential candidate speaking from the back.
  2. Atlantic Coast Line Baggage-Express car, that was used for carrying luggage, baggage and mail on passenger trains. The inside is wide-open and ideal for our eventual use as a new display space.
  3. Ex-Pullman baggage/RPO car, built in the 1910’s originally for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. It was later acquired by the “old” Norfolk Southern Railway and converted to a “camp car” for maintenance crews to use eat and sleep. Inside are bunk beds, seating, a kitchen and restroom.  This car was used in trains with the NS #711 crane tender car currently on the NCRM property.
  4. Hi-Cube Tall Boxcar, which is believed to be one of the last surviving original paint Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 60-foot-high cube plug door box cars.
  5. Two cabooses, slated to be scrapped but in great condition. They are equipped with comforts such as a kitchen, air conditioning, bathroom and electric generator and were used by Carolina Power & Light (now Duke Energy) in its operations. The NCRM would hope to eventually restore these cars and used them as part of the operations at NHVR.
  6. Four flat cars, also slated to be scrapped. These cars are unusual because they have depressed centers from when they were used by Duke Energy for specialized purposes in plant operations in North Carolina. They could eventually be converted by the NCRM to carry passengers on the Triangle’s Triangle’s Train.

It will cost just under $10,000 on average for each railroad car to be moved to the NCRM totaling nearly $100,000. Each car will be lifted by crane onto a flatbed truck, transported five miles to the NCRM rail yard, and then another crane will lift the cars from the truck to a set of tracks at the railway. If we exceed our goal, money raised will go toward stabilizing or refurbishing these cars for preservation or NCRM use where possible. If you have any questions concerning “Save the Ten”, please email them to and one of our volunteers will respond.

How to Donate

The NCRM is planning to move the 10 railroad cars in summer 2021 and we need your help in raising funds for the move. Anyone can donate by:

1. Mail a check (avoid processing fees) to:

North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc. P.O. Box 40 New Hill, NC 27562 Attn: Save the Ten Please note “Save the Ten” in the memo portion of your check.

2. Make an online donation via Network For Good link

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3. Sponsor Level Contributions

The NCRM is also offering the sponsor level incentives for larger contributions. These sponsorship levels provide a tiered level of special benefits ideally suited for businesses or groups that wish to make a bigger impact. NCRM will work with large group, corporate, or individual sponsors to arrange public recognition though our PR/media programs and on-site at the railroad museum. These incentives are also available, if desired, to individuals, families or neighborhood groups making contributions at these levels. Any company, group or individual wishing to be a sponsor should make their payment by check mailed to the PO Box shown above and indicate “ATTN: Save the Ten Sponsorship” on the envelope. Please provide your email address with your check so that you may be contacted by one of our volunteers with further details as to how to schedule the benefits listed below:

  1. $1,000 – 10 tickets on any regular* train ride
  2. $2,500 – Above plus two private caboose rides (for up to 8 riders each) on any regular* train ride
  3. $5,000 – Above plus four Operate-A-Loco (OAL) sessions for use anytime on any regularly scheduled OAL days
  4. $10,000 – Private Charter Train Ride and use of the main yard for a group or corporate event in 2022 (rider capacity up to 250 w/ no COVID restrictions) plus eight OAL sessions for use anytime on any regularly scheduled OAL days in 2021 or 2022. (Charter scheduled at mutually available date/time.)
  5. $20,000 – Private Charter Train Ride Day for up to 4 round trip train rides for an event in 2022 (total rider capacity 1,000 w/ no COVID restrictions) plus 12 OAL sessions for use anytime on any regularly scheduled OAL Days in 2021 or 2022. (Charter scheduled at mutually available date.)

*Regular train rides exclude annual special October Halloween or December Santa train rides. If you have any questions concerning “Save the Ten”, please email them to and one of our volunteers will respond.      This solicitation of funds is sanctioned by the NCRM Board of Directors.