New Hope Valley Railway
The New Hope Valley Railway is an operating tourist line railroad in Bonsal, North Carolina. The line operates for passengers on the first Sunday of each month from May to November and both Saturday and Sunday the first two weekends in December. Special trains are operated for Halloween on the evening of the last Saturday in October, and with other themes throughout the year. The operating line includes a total of six miles of trackage between the communities of Bonsal and New Hill, North Carolina. The personnel of the organization are all volunteers with no paid staff whatsoever. The organization is a member of the Association of Railway Museums and the East Carolina Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
The railroad line operated as the New Hope Valley Railway was originally constructed as the Durham and South Carolina Railroad (D&SC) in 1905-1906 to tap the timber resources of the valley of New Hope Creek, and served the communities of Bonsal, where it had a junction with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad (now part of CSX), Beaver Creek, Seaforth, Farrington, Blands, Penny and Durham, North Carolina. The line was extended south between 1911 and 1913 from Bonsal to Duncan where it joined the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The D&SC line was leased by the Norfolk Southern Railroad in 1917 to provide the larger railroad with access to the City of Durham. In 1925 a spur was built at Durham to serve the new plant of the American Tobacco Company in that city. The line was rebuilt on a new alignment in the 1970s by the US Army Corps of Engineers when the B. Everet Jordan Dam was constructed, impounding the valley of New Hope Creek to form Jordan Lake. The line eventually became (briefly) part of the Southern Railway, and was sold to the East Carolina Chapter, NRHS in 1983.
The northern portion of the original railroad, from the community of New Hill, North Carolina north to Durham has been converted into the American Tobacco Trail.
- 4 GE diesel locomotives, obtained from the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps
- 2 Whitcomb diesel locomotives
- 1 0-4-0T steam locomovive built by Vulcan Iron Works in 1941 for New York Shipbuilding of Camden, New Jersey, and is in operation on most excursion trains.
- Seaboard Air Line Railroad #5228: wooden Caboose
- Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad #308: wooden Caboose
- Norfolk Southern Railroad #335: wooden Caboose built in 1913 for the original NS. This is the last surviving Norfolk Southern wooden caboose.
- Norfolk Southern Railroad #711 crane boom tender and camp car
- Southern Railway combine baggage car and Railway Post Office #188
- Atlantic Coast Line Railroad baggage Car #1665 (not currently on public display)
- ex-USMC flatcars (3) converted to open excursion cars for passengers
- ex-USMC flatcars (2) on display
- Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad cushion-underframe boxcar (not currently on public display)
- US Army Transportation Corps tool car #87109 (houses museum gift shop and exhibits)
- Swifts Premium refrigerator car
- Southern Railway boxcars (2)
- Pullman Company passenger sleeper Calley (not currently on public display)
- Norfolk Southern Railroad #910 camp car (not currently on public display)
- Boston and Maine Railroad RDC1 self-propelled passenger car (on loan to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Tennessee)
- Boston and Maine Railroad RDC9 trailer passenger car (on lease to the Red Springs and Northern Foundation in Parkton, North Carolina)
- Various other examples of railroad and construction equipment