North Carolina Railway Museum & New Hope Valley

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North Carolina Railway Museum & New Hope Valley

This museum is open for outdoor, self-guided tours of historic railroad equipment on weekends year-round. Trains operate the first Sunday of each month, May-November, and Saturday and Sunday the first two weekends of December. First train of the day departs Bonsal Depot at 11am.Free admission to walk the grounds; train rides $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Group rides available with advance reservations.


The North Carolina Railway Museum is primarily an outdoor exhibit of historic and heritage railroad equipment; a living museum. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission to the museum is free. “Preserving the history and heritage of North Carolina railroads for the future” East Carolina Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Inc.

Our Vision: To act as a custodian of the history and heritage of North Carolina railroads, maintaining this knowledge for the education and enlightenment of the future.

The New Hope Valley Railroad (NHV) was organized in 1904 by W. Roscoe Bonsal, Samuel O. Bauersfeld, and Henry A. London. Bonsal and Bauersfeld were originally from Baltimore, but came south to Hamlet, NC in 1895 as civil engineers to work on the railroads then building across the South. London was from Pittsboro, NC, and among many other achievements in his life, owned or controlled the timber rights in the New Hope River Valley. Bonsal had been very successful in the railroad business, and by 1898, was a vice president of the Seaboard System with an almost exclusive contract to supply ties for the expansion of that railroad.

Come experience the thrill of riding the rails - see, hear, and feel railroad history. The New Hope Valley Railway at the North Carolina Railway Museum has ride days once a month from May to December, with activities, themes, and events for all ages to enjoy. Contact us about charter group train rides, schedule operate-a-loco, or have a birthday party in a historic caboose.

5121 Daisey St, P.O. Box 40, New Hill
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