Railroad Partners, Inc.

 Invite you to a Motorcar Run
on The Texas State Railroad
Palestine, Texas
Sunday, April 30, 2023

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


This is a NARCOA insured event, and all NARCOA rules apply, including Rule Book v8.2 dated 01/22/19



This is a motorcar run of 100 miles departing from Texas State Railroad depot in Palestine, TX.  This scenic stretch of track meanders through the piney woods of East Texas to Rusk, TX. Participants will travel from Palestine, TX to Rusk, TX on two round trips.  One trip in the morning, the second trip after lunch.

The details:

Set-On Information:

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

Set-On process:
Begins at 8:00am at the TSRR Palestine, TX depot and continues
through 9:00am.  Paperwork will be handled by an RPI representative at the set-on point.  Do not set-on until given permission by an RPI Representative.

Physical Set-On Location:
Texas State Railroad Depot, Palestine, TX
789 Park Road 70 Palestine TX 75801
Once on property, get directions from a RPI representative
on exact set-on location.

Additional Time Information:
Safety Briefing at 9:00am
Departure about 9:30am
Subway catered lunch at the depot in Palestine.
See details below.
Second round trip of the TSRR after lunch.

Vehicle & Trailer Parking:
There are plenty of parking locations near the Palestine Depot.



Map of TSRR Depot Location
Palestine, TX


Additional Details:



$100.00 per motorcar.

Lunch is an additional $10.00 per person, if desired.
Lunch will be Subway Sandwiches:
Ham or Turkey on wheat bread, chips and chocolate chip cookie.
Cold drink selection from a cooler provided by RPI.

Payment can be made by check payable to RPI,
money order or through PayPal.
Please consider joining RPI - $30.00 annual dues.

Reservations REQUIRED:
A minimum of 10 participants is required for this run to happen. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED no later than Sunday. April 16, 2023.
If we do not have 10 participants by then, the run will be canceled.

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

Payment & Refund Policy:

Please contact the Event Coordinator to reserve a spot.

Contact Information:
NARCOA Event Coordinator:

EC Frank Glatzl
512-484-4102 cell
E-Mail:  glatzl@sbcglobal.net.

Weather Advisory:
This time of year in East 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.


Each motorcar operator is expected to pre-inspect their motorcar using the NARCOA Rail Vehicle Inspection Form v3.1  dated 9/29/18.  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.

Planned Stops:

Turn around point is Rusk, TX.

Lunch is planned for catered SUBWAY sandwich lunch
at the Palestine, TX depot.  Lunch will include your choice of ham or turkey 6" sandwich, chips, chocolate cookie and a drink.

A cooler with a selection of drinks will be provided - if you have a specific drink in mind, let the EC know and we will try to accommodate it.

Same with the sandwich choice - if ham or turkey won't work for you, let the EC know we will see what we can arrange.



The payment for the TSRR motorcar run can be made through PayPal by using the convenient "donate" button.  PayPal charges RPI about 4% of the value as a transfer fee.
Please add $5.00 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:

Frank Glatzl
1315 CR 222
Florence, TX 76527

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 r ailroad 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.

Palestine Hotel/Motel Information

The Palestine Chamber of Commerce web site does a good job
of detailing Hotel/Motels, Bed and Breakfasts, RV Campsites

and other lodging facilities near Palestine, TX.

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 historical 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 .