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New Hope Valley Railway sizzles in the summer

Posted Friday, July 14, 2006

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A fun way to keep cool and share in the history of North Carolina

Bonsal, NC - The New Hope Valley Railway operates right through the weather, regardless of what nature does. Join the railway on the next Ride Day, Sunday, 6 August 2006, and catch the breeze as you ride through the shady woods in open excursion cars. The cars have roofs to keep out any rain and the occasional acorn dropped by some squirrel from above, and sides to keep all safe, but the usual window areas are open to the cooling breezes, allowing blissful relaxation while watching the trees go by in comfort.

The railway will be operating five trains on Sunday, 6 August 2006, starting at 11:00AM over our four and a half miles of track in Chatham and Wake counties. Tickets are available at the ticket office in Bonsal, NC (just south of Apex, NC) at a fare of $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. While there, take in the outdoor exhibits at the North Carolina Railroad Museum, including a number of cars and locomotives, a collection of historic memorabilia, and a six-hundred foot garden size model railway.

“August is always a good time to take everyone for a train ride,” said Bob Crowley, Corporate Secretary of the railroad. “A ride on the railroad is a great way to keep the whole family cool, and something different to do together.”

The railroad was originally constructed as the Durham & South Carolina Railroad (D&SC) to tap the timber resources in the valley of New Hope Creek. In 1920, it was acquired as the Durham Branch of the old Norfolk Southern Railroad, and became a major hauler of tobacco products in and out of the burgeoning City of Durham. Most of the line was relocated in the late 1970s when the Jordan Dam was constructed to flood the valley, forming Jordan Lake, and the current operation utilizes parts of both the original line and the relocated line.

FMI: Visitors are encouraged to visit the railroad website for further information, schedules, and detailed directions to the facility. Call 919-362-5416 to speak with the yardmaster on duty.

 
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