New Hope Valley Railway - Operate-a-Loco

  • Dates: 11/12/2022
  • Presenting Organization: The North Carolina Railway Museum
  • Location: Apex
  • Address: 3900 Bonsal Rd. , New Hill, NC 27562
  • Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
  • Admission: $200


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 the required 15 year FRA inspection and will not be part of our Operate-a-Loco program in 2022.

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 and gloves are also recommended.