In 1982 the East Carolina Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society became the new owners of a six-mile rail spur in Wake County. The society bought the line after the Southern Railway closed it down. Southern Railway assisted the society by selling the line at scrap value. The rail line was named The New Hope Valley Railway and it runs from Bonsal to New Hill. The railway society has also purchased rolling stock that include two engines, a porter car, two cabooses, two flat cars, two freight cars, and an old Southern Postal car. The society holds workdays for its members one Saturday a month. On these days maintenance work is completed by the members themselves. About twice a year the rail line is open to the public for rail demonstrations. The society hopes that through donations and fund raising activities the railway will become permanently open to the public as a museum.