Links of Interest
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Model Railroad Clubs in the Triangle
Whatever your interest in model railroading there is a model railroad club in the Triangle to match your needs — from live steam to NTRAK to LEGO to HO to O scale and O tinplate. All clubs welcome visitors, so if you are visiting the area or want to check them out, contact the club and go to a meeting.
Carolina Piedmont Division 13
Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club, Inc.
PO Box 19573
North Carolina Garden Railway Society
North Carolina LEGO Train Club
Raleigh, North Carolina
The North Carolina LEGO train Club (NCLTC) is a non-profit organization of LEGO Train Enthusiasts. NCLTC exists for its members to share their hobby with one another and to exhibit LEGO Trains for the general public at train shows that are open to the public, typically two to three times a year.
For more information, visit the NCLTC web site at http://www.ncltc.cc.
North Raleigh Model Railroad Club
The Sipping and Switching Society
Museums and Tourist Railroads in North Carolina
Aberdeen Railroad Museum
Phone: (910) 944-5902
The Union Station Railroad Museum in Aberdeen seeks to preserve the Union Station Depot and to preserve and exhibit artifacts and memorabilia collected from the community, the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad Company, and other railroad enterprises that passed through Union Station or operated in the surrounding region.
Charlotte's trolley line runs from the Charlotte Convention Center, along the old Southern RR line (parallel to South Boulevard) to the Atherton Mill shopping center, which is also the location of the maintenance facility and the Charlotte Trolley Museum. The fare is $1.00 each way; accompanied children under 12 are free. Check with the Charlotte Trolley for schedules, and for other special events such as the Wednesday Trolley Crawls.
East Carolina Chapter, N.R.H.S.
Phone: (919) 362-5416
As well as a museum, the New Hope Valley Railroad operates over 6.5 miles of track. Equipment includes several diesel locomotives, a Heisler steam locomotive, several motor cars, and passenger and freight cars.
Directions from Raleigh: Take US 1 south to exit 89, the Jordan Lake/New Hill exit. Turn right and go 1 mile to New Hill. Turn left and go 2.5 miles south on old US 1. Turn left onto Bonsal Road just before going under the two railroad bridges. Parking is on your right before crossing the railroad tracks.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Directions to Dillsboro:
Frequencies: 461.575 & 463.250 MHz
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad provides a full season of over 836 tourist railway round trip excursions. On passenger schedules, the railway operates four diesel-electric locomotives and one Baldwin steam locomotive (No. 1702, ex-US Army). Passengers ride comfortable, reconditioned coaches, crown coaches, club cars, dining cars, cabooses and open cars which are ideal for viewing and picture taking. Scenic excursions take you through a beautiful section of western North Carolina with views of the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains, winding rivers and lakes, and white-water rafting.
National Railroad Museum
The museum, the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame, occupies a portion of the old (1900) passenger station at the diamond. There is a Seaboard SDP35 (#1114) and a caboose. In the station are nicely done exhibits and a gift shop. There is plenty of modern action outside -- the largest CSX yard in North Carolina is nearby, and nearly all the traffic passes within sight of the museum.
Visiting hours are Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, 1pm - 5pm. Free.
NC Transportation Museum
Directions: After exiting Interstate 85 at Exit 79, there are several signs directing you to the museum. Exit 79 is about 40 miles north of Charlotte and 50 miles south of Greensboro.
While this state-owned museum attempts to cover all forms of transportation relevant to NC, railroads are the primary focus. The site was a Southern Railway heavy maintenance shop for much of this century, located halfway between Washington and Atlanta.
Founded in 2009, The Piedmont Railroad Museum & Library, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the rich railroad history of the Central and Coastal Piedmont Region of the State of North Carolina. The Museum and Library will be a new destination to meet and enjoy the extensive history of the over 200 railroads which served the Piedmont area.
Smoky Mountain Trains
Smoky Mountain Trains is more than an ordinary museum. With its collection of 7,000 Lionel™ engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout, children's activity center, and gift/toy shop, Smoky Mountain Trains has something for everyone.
Phone: (828) 264-9061
The Tweetsie Railroad is North Carolina's first theme park, and offers a trip back into the days of the Old West. Hop aboard the train for an unforgettable three-mile journey through the scenic mountains . . . but watch out for train robbers and marauding Indians! There are also amusement rides for all ages and live entertainment throughout the park, including the musical show and Can-Can girls at the Palace Saloon. Walk down Main Street, and chat with the cowpokes and gunslingers. Ride the chair lift to Miner's Mountain, where you can pan for gold and stroll through the Deer Park.
Wilmington Railroad Museum
Phone: (910) 763-2634
Located in part of an old ACL warehouse complex, now mostly shops, close to the Cape Fear River front. The local model RR club has HO and O scale layouts upstairs. There are a variety of exhibits that include folklore, ghost stories, railroad advertising, railroad police, railroad accidents and disasters, and various equipment and gear used by railroad workers. Outside are various items of rolling stock (RF&P boxcar and 2 cabooses) and a steam locomotive (ACL 4-6-0 #250).
Yadkin Valley Chapter, N.R.H.S.
Phone: (336) 838-2754
The Yadkin Valley chapter of the N.R.H.S. was chartered in November, 1995. Its goal is to preserve the rail history of Wilkes and surrounding counties, and to have fun. The Chapter will occupy what is currently the Wilkes Art Gallery later in 2001, under a long term lease, and will begin construction of a large HO scale layout.
North Carolina Sponsored Passenger Trains
The State of North Carolina is served daily by twelve passenger trains along six routes. Two of the routes the Piedmont and the Carolinian are sponsored by the state. Four other Amtrak national system long-distance trains also serve the state Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Silver Palm, Crescent. All trains are operated by Amtrak. Click here for Amtrak reservations.
The Carolinian Trains 79, 80
The Carolinian provides daily service between Charlotte and New York City with stops at Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Durham, Cary, Raleigh, Selma, Wilson and Rocky Mount in North Carolina, Richmond, Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
The Piedmont Trains 73, 74, 75, 76
The Piedmont provides twice daily round-trip service between Raleigh and Charlotte with stops in Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis.
NC Department of Transportation, Rail Services Division
The NCDOT Rail Division's mission is "to preserve and improve the state's rail system, promote railroad safety and encourage increased use of rail by both shippers and passengers." Visit the NCDOT Rail Division's web site at http://www.ncbytrain.org for information on Passenger Trains, High Speed Rail, Safety Programs, Industrial Access and Corridor Preservation. There are also numerous links to other railroad web sites of interest.
Maps courtesy of NC Department of Transportation, Rail Division
Model and Prototype Railroad Organizations
For more information on the organizations and companies listed below, click on the icon to connect to their web site.
NTRAK Modular Railroading
T-TRAK Modular Railroading
World's Greatest Hobby
City of Raleigh Parks Pullen Park
Pullen Park, at 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27606, was founded in 1887, and named in honor of Richard Stanhope Pullen, who donated the land to the City of Raleigh. He began the development of the park with the planting of trees and shrubbery. Today the park offers a variety of recreational activities for all ages, including amusement rides, swimming, a children's playground, picnic shelters, lighted tennis courts, classes, fitness programs, workshops and art classes.
The train meanders around the park, and circles the lake. The train itself is a typical county fair type train with riding cars and a gasoline-powered locomotive. The carousel is a fully-featured old-time carousel.
Other Links of Interest
An Online Guide to Railroading This page provides links to a great deal of information covering many topics about model and railroading. Click here to go to the Index page.
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