Railroad Partners, Inc.

 Railroad Partners, Inc.
Thank You Event
for NETEX and the Blacklands Railroad
Saturday, October 13, 2012

NARCOA Fall Motorcar Run
Sunday, October 13, 2012


Operations for this event originate in
Sulphur Springs, Texas

This is a NARCOA insured event.
All NARCOA rules apply,
including Rule Book v6.4 dated 05/01/10

The North East Texas Rural Rail District (NETEX) is an established governmental subdivision of the state of Texas representing six contiguous counties across northeast Texas including: Titus, Franklin, Hopkins, Delta, Hunt, & Collin Counties.
NETEX was formed in 1995 to save the former St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) Railways Dallas Division, from abandonment and preserve rail service for current and future customers along the corridor and ensure the potential for long-range economic growth in the region. NETEX owns, or jointly owns with the state of Texas, 65.6 miles of operational railroad. The district contracts with the Blacklands Railroad as operator of the railroad.

Both NETEX and the Blacklands Railroad have been ardent supporters of Railroad Partners, our volunteer efforts and our motorcar operations on their property.  In order to show our appreciation of their support, we are inviting the NETEX Board of Directors to ride with us on our motorcars.  This is a wonderful opportunity to say "thanks" and to allow the property owners to inspect their railroad at a leiserly pace.

The Details:

Open Seats:
In order to provide the necessary seating for our NETEX guests, we need as many "open" seats on motorcars as possible.

In order to encourage motorcar operators to provide open seating, there is no cost to participate in this event IF you can provide one or more open seats on your motorcar for Saturday operations. IF you have provided an open seat on Saturday, there is no run cost for Saturday or Sunday.

If you cannot provide an open seat on your motorcar, you are still invited to participate in the fun and fellowship of this special event.

Cost is $40.00 donation to RPI if you do not have available seating.
To clairify, the cost if $40.00 per day (Saturday and Sunday) if no surplus seating is made available on Saturday.  Total cost if an operator runs both days without open seating on Saturday: $80.00

It is also a good time to consider an additional donation to RPI to help sustain our activities.  Payment can be made at the time of the event, by check payable to RPI, money order or through PayPal.  Just use the convenient "donate" button below.

Reservations Required:
We need to know ahead of time who is coming and how many open seats we will have available!
Knowing how many motorcars and open seats we have, we can let the NETEX Board know how many individuals may particate in this event.

Reservations may be made by e-mail.
Please indicate how many open seats you are offering.
See below contact information.

Contact Information:
NARCOA Event Coordinator:

Myron Malone
5306 Kayway Dr.
Greenville, TX 75402
(214) 882 8756 cell

 Set-On Information for Saturday and Sunday

Set-on and Paperwork:
Begins at 7:00am and continues through 8:00am
Individual Set-on at the direction of Event Coordiantor on site.

Inspections will occur after seton.
This is an excellent set-on location and we can handle two or three set-ons simultaneously.

Physical Set-On Location:
East of the BLRR depot at the paved transload area.
See map and details below.

Additional Time Information:
Safety Briefing at 8:00am at the BLRR Depot.
Departure no later than 8:30am.

Each motorcar operator is expected to pre-inspect their motorcar using the NARCOA Motorcar Inspection Form v2.1 dated 9/29/06. Bring this completed form with you to be used in the on-site motorcar inspection process. Copies of this form will also be available at the paperwork site on the day of the run. Each motorcar will be inspected prior to departure.

Release of Liability:
Every individual participating in this event will be required to sign a Release of Liability form for the Blacklands Railroad. You may download this form and have all participants in your party complete it ahead of time & bring it with you. Copies of this form will also be available at the paperwork site on the day of the run.

Breakdown Rule:
Casual: limited to about 15 minutes before disabled car is placed under tow.

Safety Advisory:
Blacklands Railroad now requires all visitors to the property to wear a "safety-vest" of yellow or red color while on the property

Operational Plan for Saturday and Sunday

Purpose of this outing is to let NETEX Board of Director members enjoy our equipment and inspect their railroad.
We will be operating two different round trip events beginning from Sulphur Springs.

Morning Departure:
Eastbound with expected turn around point to be Mt. Vernon or Winfield if time permits.
Round trip mileage of up to 60 miles.

Lunch Plan:
We plan to be back to Sulphur Springs around lunch time.
Bring your own lunch or we will take lunch orders the morning of the trip.
Lunch will be delivered pizza or sub-sandwiches. Donation to cover the cost of lunch will be appreciated.

Afternoon Departure:
Westbound with turn around point at Greenville, TX and return to Sulphur Springs.
Round trip mileage of up to 66 miles.

Restroom Facilies:
Restrooms available at BLRR depot, Mt. Vernon Depot Mueum.  We will also stop in Commerce if a group member need a break.  No facilities available in Greenville.

Set-on and Parking Info

 Map of Sulphur Springs, TX


Asphalt paved trans-load area, east of BLRR Depot just east of crossing with SH 154.  We should be able to unload two or more motorcars simulataniously at this nicely paved area.


Parking is a little tight in the area.  Please keep in mind that trucks unloading railcars will need access to our loading area once we have departed the area.  All vehicle parking must be well clear of the asphalt paved transloading area.

Park well clear of any 18-wheeler trucks or trailers in the area in case this equipment must be moved while we are on our trip.

GPS Coordinates:
33.144643, -95.600272

There is no cost if you are able to provide an open seat for our NETEX friends.
 However, your donations keep our group going.
Please consider a direct donation the day of the event, or use PayPal by using the above "donate" button.
You may send PayPal payments directly to us by using the e-mail address rpionline@railroadpartners.com.
PayPal does take a small percentage of your donation.

You may also send payment by check or money order.  Please make your check payable to Railroad Partners, Inc.
Simply mail your payment directly to the event coordinator:

Myron Malone
5306 Kayway Dr.
Greenvile, TX 75402

Safety Items

Motorcar operations on this railroad are a privilege.  Lets help ensure future runs by being extra safe while on the property.

This will be a long day of motorcar operations.  Please be well rested at the start of the day.

Wear proper footwear for the environment.  Leather boots with steel toes preferred.  Please no open toe shoes.

Restricted speed:  Always be able to stop your car within one-half the sight distance.

Grade Crossings:  Automobiles have the right of way.  Details at the safety meeting.

Additional Items to keep in mind:
Always be on the alert for moving equipment while working near any Railroad tracks or facilities.

Do not step or walk on the top of the rail, frog, switches, guardrails, or other track components.

In passing around ends of standing cars, engines, railroad machinery, and other on-track equipment, leave at least one railcar length (50 feet) between yourself and the end of the equipment.

Avoid walking or standing on track at any time.

When it is necessary to walk or work on track, always keep a sharp lookout in both directions for approaching trains or equipment

Before stepping or crossing tracks, look in both directions first. The same is true when walking around machinery and equipment on and about the tracks.

Do not sit on, lie under, or cross between cars except as required in performance of your duty and only when track and equipment are under proper protection.

In multiple track territory, do not stand on one track while a train is passing on another.

Always expect movement at any time, on any track, in either direction.

Always keep in mind that a split second of inattention can result in a serious accident.

Sulphur Springs Hotel/Motel Information

The City of Sulphur Springs web site has links to Hotel/Motels, near Sulphur Springs, TX.

Sulphur Springs Area Restaurants

A listing of area eating establishments is on the Sulphur Springs Depart of Tourism website.

Railroad Partners, Inc.
Railroad Partners, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of active railroad right of ways in Texas and adjoining states.
The mission of Railway 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.

We need dues-paying members and volunteers to help further our mission stated above.  Please consider joining our group.
An on-line application and instructions can be found at:  www.railroadpartners.com .