‘All-Aboard’ for Pinehurst !!!

All-Aboard’ for Pinehurst !!!
Train to U.S. Open result of behind scenes scramble

The round-trip trek from Raleigh to Pinehurst is a high-profile boost for rail travel.
The Pinehurst Clubhouse (background) shares a boundary with the railroad.

RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division announced this week that NC By Train (www.ncbytrain.org) will run a special route from Raleigh to this year’s U.S. Open in Pinehurst.

We’re thrilled to work with so many partners including Amtrak, Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway and the U.S. Golf Association to be able to offer this special trip experience,” said state Transportation Secretary Joey Hopkins. “Special trains and stops like this provide the opportunity to avoid potential traffic and parking issues at large events and also show people everything that’s possible when we improve and expand our intercity passenger rail.”

The “Open Express” train will run daily between Raleigh Union Station and the Pinehurst Clubhouse near the famous Pinehurst No. 2 Golf Course from June 13-16, when championship play is scheduled for the U.S. Open.

We are delighted to work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and other partners to offer this unique transportation option to the U.S. Open at Pinehurst,” Amtrak Vice President Ray Lang said. “This is an exciting, historic event and we welcome this opportunity to give golf fans an enjoyable, stress-free way to travel to and from Pinehurst with their friends and families.”

The morning train will depart Raleigh Union Station at 7 a.m. and Cary at 7:15 a.m. and arrive in Pinehurst at approximately 9:10 a.m. The evening train will depart from the Pinehurst Clubhouse at 6:35 p.m. and arrive first in Cary about 8:30 p.m. and in Raleigh Union Station about 15 minutes later. 

The “Open Express” train tickets are available for purchase now on Amtrak’s website. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and seating is limited. Tickets must be bought in advance of travel.  When purchasing online, type or select “Pinehurst NC” for your destination and return trip. Food and beverages will be available to purchase on board.

Passengers will access the championship rounds through Gate 10 adjacent to the Pinehurst Clubhouse, which is just a short walk from the Pinehurst No. 2 course.

Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway is proud to help the state of North Carolina provide such convenient passenger train travel for tournament attendees,” said Robert Menzies, founder and owner of Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway. “This can make the 30,000-40,000 daily visitors realize the conveniences of passenger rail travel in North Carolina and make the USGA’s Tournament a great worldwide event.”