The Blacklands Railroad

 

 

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Railroad Partners, Inc.


**UPDATE as of 9/28/16** SETON Location CHANGE from Greenville to SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX. for the October 1 & 2 Run.
CONTACT EC Myron Malone for details and to let him know you are coming and aware of the location change.
 

 

 

 Invite you to Motorcar Runs in Northeast Texas for 2016 on these dates:

6/4-5, 10/1-10/2, 12/31-1/1/2017
 

This is a fund raising event for Railroad Partners, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a NARCOA insured event, and all NARCOA rules apply, including Rule Book v8.0 dated 2/01/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Route of Motorcar Run on Blacklands Railroad

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a round trip of 126 miles.  Departure is from Greenville, Texas on the Blacklands Railroad (former Cotton Belt) and will travel through Commerce and Sulphur Springs. Turn around point should be Winfield, TX. Lunch will be at Mt. Vernon.

 

 

 

 

 

The details:
Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment preferred:
See details below

Paperwork process:
Saturday & Sunday

Begins at 6:30am and continues through 7:30am.
Individual Set-on under direction of EC on-site.
Inspections and paperwork after set-on.

Safety Briefing at 7:45am at the Pickett St. Crossing
Departure about 8:00am
Lunch at Mt. Vernon around 12:00 noon
About 1.5 hours are planned for our lunch break.
Return at Greenville planned for about 6:00pm

Paperwork Location:
Paperwork will be handled by an RPI representative at the Pickett St. Crossing set-on location.
Physical Set-On Location:
2110 Pickett St - crossing
at Blacklands Railroad
in Greenville, TX.

 

 

Exact GPS location:
N33 08.291 W96 06.145

 

 

No motorcars south
of the KCS Railroad
mainline.

 

 

  Map of Downtown Greenville, TX, east end.
Vehicle & Trailer Parking:
There various "unofficial" locations adjacent to the tracks for parking.  

 

 

 

 

Additional Details:
 
Cost: Full NARCOA run, June 20 & 21
$80.00 per motorcar, including railroad fees.
Fee is for ONE or BOTH days
Payment can be made by check payable to RPI,
money order or through PayPal.
Just use the convenient "donate" button below.

Reservations Preferred:
Reservations may be made by e-mail.
See below contact information.

Payment & Refund Policy:
Advance payment is preferred.  
Full refunds less a $5.00 processing fee will be issued for any reserved car unable to attend or if the event is canceled. If a motorcar is set-on the rails, but is unable to complete the trip for any reason, no refund will be issued.

Contact Information:
NARCOA Event Coordinator:

Myron Malone
5306 Kayway Dr.
Greenville, TX 75402
214 882 8756 cell, evenings preferred
E-Mail: malonemg@geusnet.com

Weather Advisory:
This time of year in north Texas is generally very pleasant.  Be prepared for inclement weather including sun/heat and cold/wet. We plan to operate this motorcar run rain or shine.
 
Pre-Inspection:
Each motorcar operator is expected to pre-inspect their motorcar using the
NARCOA Motorcar Inspection Form v3.0 dated 9/26/14.  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.

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:
Generally limited to about 15 minutes before disabled car is placed under tow.
Planned Stops:

Sulphur Springs:
at the Blacklands Railroad Depot & Offices: Restroom break.
This stop will be about 20 to 30 minutes.
This is the half-way point, approximately 2 hours & 20 minutes and 33 miles from our set-on point. This will be a stop in both directions.
Mt. Vernon:  Lunch Break with local restaurants close by. A local pizza buffet and a local sandwich shop are within walking distance of the railroad. Restrooms available track side behind the historic Cotton Belt depot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payment

 

 

 
The payment for the Blacklands Railroad fund raiser/motorcar run can be made through PayPal by using the "donate" button.
Or you may send PayPal payments directly to us by using the e-mail address rpionline@railroadpartners.com.
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.
Greenville, TX 75402

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Safety Items
 

All participants are REQUIRED to wear a safety vest while on BLRR property.

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.  Additional 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 rail car 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.

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.



Greenville Area Hotel/Motel Information
The Greenville, Texas Chamber of Commerce has an excellent website with information and links to all of the city's lodging facilities including Motels, Hotels, B&B's and Campground/RV Parks.

 

 

 

 

Greenville Area Restaurants
The Greenville, Texas Chamber of Commerce also has an excellent website with information and links to all of the city's restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Railroad
 
The Blacklands Railroads
operates a segment of the former St. Louis Southwestern Railroad (Cotton Belt). From their connection with the Union Pacific in Mt. Pleasant, TX, the line traverses much of North East Texas through the communities of Mt. Vernon, Sulphur Springs, Commerce and Greenville.  There are also connections with the Kansas City Southern in both Sulphur Springs and Greenville.
Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District
NETEX, formed in 1995, is a Rural Rail District controlling 65.6 miles of operational railroad and a total railroad corridor of 88.8 miles in Northeast Texas between the Titus-Franklin County line and Wylie, TX. This line was originally the "C-branch" mainline of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway.
Operator of the line for NETEX is the Blacklands Railroad.

 

 

 

 

Previous Motorcar Runs
on the Blacklands Railroad.

Efforts to open this railroad up to NARCOA motorcar runs have been underway for quite some time.  A hearty "thank-you" is owed to the railroad for allowing this run.  For photos of some earlier "test" runs on this line, please see the following links:

 

 

First Run - April 7, 2008
Memorial Day Weekend, 2008
NARCOA Run October 18, 2008

 

 

 

 

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 .