Thursday, November 8, 2012

Daytrip! Ride a real train with Santa!

Just a couple of hours from the Piedmont Triad, this sounds like a really fun daytrip that involves Santa.  And a train.  
This day could put some children into happiness overload.

Santa Claus is coming to town
on the Triangle Train
New Hope Valley Railway offers rides with Santa first two weekends in December
(Bonsal, N.C., November 8, 2012) — The New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR) presents its annual Holiday Santa Trains the first two weekends in December departing from its rail yard located in Bonsal, N.C., just 10-minutes south of Apex off of U.S. Highway 1, Exit 89.
Santa and his helper will visit each open-air passenger car pulled by either a diesel or steam locomotive. Children will get a treat and the opportunity to talk with Santa. The train, along with other areas of the railroad, will be decorated for the holidays during the hour-long excursion.
“Riding a real train with Santa Claus is a fun and memorable way to celebrate the holidays,” says NHVR President Mike MacLean. “It’s a special time for families as well as our volunteers who help bring smiles to children’s faces.”

Purchase tickets online at or at the train yard the day of the ride. Holiday Santa Trains will be operating on Saturday, Dec. 1; Sunday, Dec. 2; Saturday, Dec. 8; and Sunday, Dec. 9.
Diesel train rides will be departing at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and steam train rides at 12:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children, ages 2-12. NHVR recommends arriving at the train yard 30 minutes before the listed departure time.
About New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR)
The public is invited to visit The Triangle’s Train in historic Bonsal, North Carolina, located just 10 minutes south of Apex off of U.S. Highway 1, Exit 89. Trains generally operate one Sunday each month beginning in the spring through the end of the year. There are also special Halloween and Santa trains as well as themed events, charter and group train rides, opportunities to operate a train and birthday parties in an historic caboose.
The North Carolina Railway Museum, a collection of antique train cars and an elaborate G Scale model garden railroad, are also part of the NHVR grounds along with a gift shop. Visit

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