Railfan Attractions

Raleigh Area

New Hope Valley Railroad (Please see our Prototype Tour for this one)

New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train! Take a step back in time for an historic railroad experience in an open-air passenger car pulled by our locomotive through scenic woods. Hundreds of visitors from across the state travel to the New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), located just 30 minutes south of Raleigh off of U.S Highway 1, Exit 89, to enjoy our exciting train rides on excursions offered from April through November each year.

Boylan Bridge and Raleigh Amtrak station

Good view of downtown Raleigh, Amtrak station and the Boylan diamond crossing. NCDOT, NS and CSX yard are located just north of here.
See Amtrak schedule here:

Logan Trading Company, Raleigh (Garden shop & Restaurant)

Located in the historic Seaboard station, north of downtown Raleigh.
Features the Seaboard Cafe inside, open for lunch, Monday-Saturday
Raleigh's Rail History Hidden off Capital Blvd.

Durham Area

Clarksville Station Restaurant, Roxboro (north of Durham)

Just north of Durham is a great restaurant featuring railroad memorabilia.

Durham Amtrak Station in renovated warehouse

American Tobacco Campus, Durham (formerly served by Norfolk Southern Railway)

Several restaurants located in this complex

Burlington Area

NCRR Whistlestop Exhibit at Company Shops Station

Burlington’s former engine house was built in the 1800s to provide space for maintenance on train engines. Company Shops Station is now Alamance County’s passenger station. The 18,000-square-foot facility also houses the NC Railroad Company’s Whistlestop Exhibit. This exhibit includes a model of Company Shops (as Burlington was once known), scenes of life in the late 1800s, steam and diesel train engines coming through the engine house, murals, and more. It also serves as Amtrak's Burlington station.

Salisbury/Spencer Area

North Carolina Transportation Museum

Located on the site of what was once the Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive repair facility. Visit antique automobiles at “Bumper to Bumper” and trace the history of transportation in “Wagons, Wheels & Wings.” Experience days of the working railroad repair shop in the restored 1924 Robert Julian Roundhouse. The museum features 13 buildings on 57 acres, including exhibits on early transportation. Seasonal train ride (fee), audiovisual show, visitors center and gift shop.  Down the road is Salisbury's Amtrak station.

Sanford Area

Historic Railroad House

Visit the historic Railroad House, located in downtown Sanford.  Built in 1872, the Railroad House 
was originally built as a home for the first depot agent of the Raleigh and Augusta Airline Railroad.  Now, the Railroad House is a museum, managed by the Railroad House Association.  Inside, are displays of artifacts and pictures detailing life in the area from 1874 to the present.  Visitors will also see ex-Raleigh & Southport, ex-N&S, ex-ATW steam locomotive #12 located behind the building. http://www.railroadhouse.org/the-locomotive.html

Sanford is located approximately 50 minutes from the hotel.  

Sanford is also the base for the Atlantic and Western Railroad and its location for interchange with CSX.  Depending on switching schedules, there may be activity to photograph in the center of the downtown area.

Photographs are permitted and welcomed.  You may choose to eat lunch at one of the downtown Sanford restaurants before heading back to the convention hotel.

General Area

Frograil NC Railfan Guide


List of area Hobby Shops

List of area Museums