New Train Campaign Update
TRAIN: The new train arrived in May 2022. Its first season concluded with three weekends of night rides in December.
See SUPPORTERS tab for the donors who made a New Train happen for children in Wayne County.
TRAIN STATION & BRICK PATIO: The train station was built in the 1960s and this renovation will make Herman Park an even better destination. The station will feature new siding, new roof, new windows and door, and newly expanded patio. In addition, so many citizens supported the project through purchase of over 700 personalized engraved bricks to install. The total brick patio area will include over 8,000 bricks. We expect the brick patio installation to be completed in mid- to late April. These are the companies that have combined to create an upgraded Train Station.
These construction coalition partners include:
Carolina Bay Construction General Contractor
Goldsboro Builders Supply Materials
TA Loving Company Estimating & Placement of New Train on tracks
JSmith Civil, LLC Site work
Wayne Electric Company Electric
Seegars Fence Fencing
Smith Engineering and Design Design of expanded train station
Brian Jones Civil Engineering Site plan
Landscape Design Landscaping of train yard
Several sponsors have contributed "special bricks" that encourage children to learn to read better than ever. Of course, the patio is available whenever Herman Park is open. These sponsors include:
Goldsboro Pediatrics (Alphabet and Word Climbing Wall)
Southern Bank and Trust (Know Your Numbers)
NEW ART IN THE TUNNEL: Thanks to artists associated with the Arts Council of Wayne County, the penels in the tunnel are brand new! They feature the NC Mountains to Sea Trail, featuring animals from bears to turtles.
THE OLD TRAIN: The original 68-year-old train was sold by the City of Goldsboro on a government surplus equipment website in mid-February. Although we know the name of the winning bidder, we are not sure yet of their plans for the original train. We will create some Museum-type display panels as part of the new train station renovations to document and preserve the history of the original train.
We are excited about another almost 70 years of future miniature train operations at Herman Park and can’t wait for the community to see what you have done for the City of Goldsboro!