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(Bonsal, N.C., September 28, 2016) — This fall, New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), The Triangle’s Train, is offering its traditional Halloween train rides in October and hosting a new family-friendly barbecue and craft beer event in November at the rail yard located 30 minutes southeast of Raleigh.

Track or Treat Halloween Express transports passengers on a spooky ride during three Saturdays — Oct. 15, 22 and 29, and the newBeer, BBQ & Choo Choo takes place Sunday, Nov. 13.

Children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes when visiting New Hope Valley Railway on Oct. 15, 22 and 29 for its Track or Treat Halloween Express ride days. Visitors climb aboard the Ghost Train for a spooky one-hour ride through the pine forest where they’ll see flying witches, smoking cauldrons, a 13-foot tall grim reaper and other shenanigans along the

Enjoy pit-roasted barbecue, craft beer, local wine and live music during Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo on Sunday, Nov. 13. The first-time event marks the last opportunity to ride the train before Holiday Santa Trains, which will operate Dec. 3, 4, 10 & 11. Purchase tickets at

Track or Treat Halloween Express

In its 21st season, the Track or Treat Halloween Express transforms NHVR’s steam engine into a Ghost Train that at mid-way point turns around on a second set of tracks enveloped in heavy mist with spooky décor and eerie noises. Riders will see interactive Halloween scenes along the track, including flying witches and a 13-foot tall grim reaper.

After the train ride there is more to see and do throughout the rail yard like the popular singing pumpkins, a new Count Cluckula kids’ game and a stand-alone caboose featuring a gallery of creepy artwork.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costumes and take advantage of the many photo opportunities.

“Even though this is our 21st year of offering our Halloween train rides, we keep it fresh and fun by adding new decorations and activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy,” said Shannon Curtin, who has coordinated the event for nearly a decade. “While there are other Halloween events in the Triangle, the Track or Treat Halloween Express is the only one that includes a ride on a real train.”

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Apex, Top This and Frank’s My Way will serve food truck fare that includes a kid-friendly menu.

Tickets are $13 each for adults and children, with kids under age 2 free. The Halloween event is family-friendly, but earlier departure times are recommended for younger children. to view train departure times and purchase tickets.

Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo

Take advantage of the cooler weather by enjoying a relaxing one-hour train excursion and eating some pit-roasted barbecue during NHVR’s new Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo event on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Eastern- and western-style North Carolina barbecue will be available for purchase, along with traditional sides. Visitors get to choose from a variety of sauces to enjoy with their barbecue.

Fortnight Brewing Company will pour some of its most popular craft beers – including its Porter and Blonde Ale. Visitors can drink wine from RagApple Lassie Vineyard and listen to classic rock music played by Last Band Standing from 2 to 5 p.m. Food and drinks are not included in the train ticket price and alcohol won’t be served until noon.

The rail yard is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first train departing at 11 a.m. and the last train leaving at 3 p.m.

“Barbecue is a staple in our state and most North Carolinians have strong opinions on which is best– eastern or western. This event celebrates the different barbecue styles and gives visitors the opportunity to sample other sauces as well,” said Dave Chasco, NHVR marketing director and trainmaster. “Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo is the last regular ride day of our season before our Holiday Santa Trains begin in December.”

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Ride the Handy Dandy RR and enjoy the Cowboy Show! 

Daily Rides: every hour on the hour from 11:00-5:00

Ticket Prices: Adult (ages 12 & up)- $7.00, Child (ages 5-11)- $5.00, Child (4 & younger)-FREE

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This Locomotive was built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a 1942 0-4-0 switch engine built by Porter Locomotive Company. The Locomotive was located at Bethlehem Fairfield (Maryland) Shipyard; The United States Navy Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia; PC Company #9 Old Dominion Iron and Steel Company, Richmond, Virginia and Echo Valley Park, and Swamp Rabbit Railroad, Greenville, South Carolina.

In 1980, it was sold to Denton FarmPark. It was restored by the Denton FarmPark staff and was made part of the Handy Dandy Railroad which rides tourists on the 1.5 mile track around the park every year during the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion at Denton FarmPark.

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tanglewood engineThis locomotive has a rich history with Southern Railway and now sits on display at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC. Kids AND adults enjoy climbing in and pretending to be an engineer!

Southern Railway #542: The locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1903. This 2-8-0 Consolidation operated in North Carolina on the Southern Railway around Statesville and Winston-Salem. Repairs were performed at Spencer Shops. Similar class 2-8-0 locomotives were extensively used by the Southern for local freight trains throughout the entire system. In North Carolina tanglewood enginethey were found from Raleigh to Asheville. Southern owned only 90 of this rare J class locomotive, and the 542 is the sole remaining example. In 1954 the Southern donated the locomotive to Tanglewood Park, near Clemmons, NC. A trade was made in 1991 using the ex-Illinois Central 0-8-0 1894 to obtain the 542 for the museum. It was cosmetically restored for use in the Leatherheads movie as #604 during 2008.  The locomotive has now been restored to it’s original numbering, restored with its original coal tender and is regularly on display.


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