RPI Leadership 

 Membership Form


  Railroad Partners, Inc.
is a Texas based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic rail corridors.




The mission of Railroad Partners, Inc. is:
1) to use volunteer labor and privately owned maintenance equipment to preserve historic rail corridors in partnership with communities, railroads, local governments and other entities and individuals;
2) to acquaint the public with the geography, local history and cultural landmarks of such corridors;
3) to support efforts to educate the public regarding safety within rail corridors;
4) to build community support for the preservation of out-of-service or soon to be out-of-service rail corridors; and
5) to promote safe maintenance and other activities within historic rail corridors through training and mutual cooperation with rail-related groups.


Railroad Partners, Inc.
Membership dues for calendar year 2018 are now payable.

Dues are:
$ 30.00 per individual
$ 50.00 per family.

All dues are potentially tax-deductible as a charitable donation.
If paid in 2017, they can be deducted on a tax return for 2017.

You can donate using your Pay-Pal account by searching for:

or send a check to:

Railroad Partners, Inc.
Edward Michal, Treasurer
441 Blue Creek Dr.
Dripping Springs, TX 78620 

 Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting:

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018
Temple, TX

BJ's Restaurant and Brew House
3350 South General Bruce
Temple, TX 76504

Meeting starts at 1:00pm
in the group area of the facility.
Those that desire a meal before the meeing may arrive around 12:00 noon.

Updated 1/18/18


February 17 & 18, 2018

Border Pacific Motorcar Run
for details - Click HERE
Railroad Partners, Inc. run on the Border Pacific Railroad.
This is a 2-day trip with each day being a round trip of about 60 miles departing from Penitas, TX.
This scenic stretch of a former Missouri Pacific Branch line parallels the Rio Grande River within sight
of Mexico. Mentoring on this run with advance permission. Hy-Rails welcome. Route is Penitas, TX to
Rio Grande City, TX and return.



Railroad Partners, Inc is a NARCOA affiliate and 501(c)3 non-profit organization. RPI was formed in October of 2008 for the purpose of preserving rail corridors for public transportation and recreational (motorcar) purposes. The organization is modeled after the Recreational Railroad Coalition in California who gave the RPI founders the inspiration to attempt to preserve threatened rail corridors.

Negotiations with Capitol Metro Transportation of Austin, Texas by RPI have resulted in a successful lease agreement for 27 miles of track on the west end of the Llano branch. The leased portion extends from Scobey Spur to the end of track in Llano, TX. Since the lease became effective on November 1, 2009, RPI has provided light maintenance on the line and conducts motorcar excursions and rail safety exercises. Maintenance activities are conducted by RPI trained volunteers.

Since its founding, RPI has worked to provide Operation Lifesaver presentations, participated in Capitol Metro's rail transit safety programs, acquired rolling stock, and made rail safety and preservation presentations at public events. In addition, RPI has frequently hosted motorcars excursions in which proceeds are used to fund RPI mission activities. We are currently working with rail transportation districts across Texas to offer our volunteer services to promote and preserve marginal or threatened rail lines. We are also in need of your voluntary labor and your donations to further our efforts at preserving the Llano Branch and other marginal rail lines.

The Llano Branch now sees routine motorcar operations. However, it will take some ongoing light maintenance efforts to keep the line in good shape. We are seeking NARCOA certified and insured operators to assist with line maintenance prior to NARCOA runs. Watch this web page for announcement of work session dates.



Railroad Partners can use your donations to support our volunteer efforts.
You are welcome to donate to us through our PayPal interface by using the "donate" button.
 Or you may send PayPal payments directly to us by using the e-mail address


You may also donate to us by check or money order.  Simply mail your donation directly to our treasurer at:


Railroad Partners, Inc.
Edward Michal, Treasurer
441 Blue Creek Dr.
Dripping Springs, TX 78620