Update:
10/17/2018

  Due to EXTREME Flooding along the Llano River at Llano, Texas
this motorcar event has been CANCELED.

 It may take some months before we clearly understand the condition of the railroad line.

Please consider a donation to central Texas relief agencies.  There are a lot of homes and families affected by this flood.


Railroad Partners, Inc.

 Railroad Partners, Inc. invites you to our
Fall Motorcar Run in the Texas Hill Country

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Llano, TX
 

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

 

This is a NARCOA insured event, and all NARCOA rules apply, including Rule Book v8.1 dated 11/01/17

 

Saturday, October 27 is a round trip of approximately 54 miles departing from Llano, TX.  This scenic stretch of a former Southern Pacific Branch track parallels the Llano River and crosses the Colorado River on Lake LBJ. There will be abundant wildlife and nature permitting, fall color in the trees. Participants will travel from Llano, TX, through Kingsland, TX to Scobey Spur and return, rail conditions permitting. 
 

The details: Saturday, October 27, 2018

 

Set-On Information:

 

Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment preferred.

Set-On process:
Begins at 8:00am and continues through 9:00am.  Please arrive with plenty of time to complete all seton AND inspection activities by 9:00am.

Paperwork will be handled by an RPI representative at the Llano Wye.
Set on as directed by an RPI Representative. Inspections after set-on.

Physical Set-On Location:
North extension of the wye at E-Tarrant St.  Active local paved crossing.  Busy area with adjacent feed store.  Preferred set-on location is east leg of wye at E. Grayson St.  This is a dirt crossing, but no local traffic.

Additional Time Information:
Safety Briefing at 9:15am
Departure about 9:30am
Lunch in Kingsland. See details below.
Return to Llano mid to late afternoon.

Vehicle & Trailer Parking:
There are plenty of parking locations within and adjacent to the wye.

Planned Stops:
Lunch in Kingsland

There are a couple of restrauants adjacent to the railroad tracks and is generally planned as our lunch break location.

 

 Map of Downtown Llano, TX

Additional Details:
Cost:
$50.00 per motorcar.
RPI uses 100% of this fee to further our mission.
Payment can be made by check payable to RPI,
money order or through PayPal.
Please consider joining RPI - $30.00 annual dues.

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:

Leland Stewart
11057 Palomino Canyon
Converse, TX 78109
210-945-9268 (home)
210-863-5397 (cell)
E-Mail: poppermaker@gmail.com

Weather Advisory:
This time of year in central Texas is generally very pleasant.  Be prepared for inclement weather including sun/heat and cold/wet.
Rain showers are a distinct possibility.  Bring your rain gear.
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 Rail Vehicle Inspection Form v3.0 dated 9/26/2014.
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.


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

 

 

 

 The $50.00 payment for the RPI motorcar run can be made through PayPal directly to us by using the e-mail address rpionline@railroadpartners.com.  PayPal charges RPI about 4% of the value as a transfer fee.  Please add $1.50 to the fee to the trip fee to help offset the cost if you use PayPal.
 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:
 
Leland Stewart
11057 Palomino Canyon
Converse, TX 78109

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.  We plan to have flagmen in place at the major crossings.  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.

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.

Llano Hotel/Motel Information

The Llano Chamber of Commerce web site does a good job of detailing Hotel/Motels, Bed and Breakfasts, RV Campsites and other lodging facilities near Llano, TX. Below is a listing of hotels from their website.  Other properties are listed on the CoC website.

 Antlers Hotel Kingsland, TX (325) 388 - 4411

 Days Inn & Suites (325) 247 - 1141

 Best Western (325) 247 - 4101

 Llano Motel (325) 247 - 5786

 Canyon of the Eagles (512) 756 - 8787

 Lone Star Inn (325) 247 - 4111

 Dabbs Railroad Hotel (325) 247 - 2200

 Walden Plantation (325) 247 - 2046

Llano Area Restaurants

A listing of area eating establishments is on the Llano Chamber of Commerce website.

 

The Llano Branch's story

 Llano Branch Timetable - Milepost Details

Historic Details Along The Llano Branch

 Historic Timeline of the Llano Branch's Construction

 Llano Uplift Geology

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.
Railroad Partners, Inc. is excited to be to work with NARCOA and our NARCOA Event Coordinator, Leland Stewart, on our second motorcar run. At the time of this writing, our application is pending with Internal Revenue Service application process to become a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

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.org .