North East Texas Connector
Motorcar Work Session
Saturday, November 13, 2021

 This is a volunteer working event for Railroad Partners, Inc.

This line owned by
North East Texas Rural Rail District

This line is the former
St. Louis Southwestern
(Cotton Belt)

NETC Railroad System Map


This is a NARCOA insured event, and all NARCOA  rules apply, including Rule Book v8.2 dated 1/22/2019.

This work session will involve crossing cleaning, some sign post work and light brush clearing as necessary. Run distance could be up to 60 miles, but will likely be somewhat shorter.

Please pre-register with the EC so he can contact you in case of any changes.

See detailed dates and information below:






Work Session
Saturday, November 13, 2021

 All work sessions will have the following requirements:

All motorcar operators participating in a work session must be a NARCOA member
and currently enrolled in the NARCOA insurance program.

NARCOA rules will apply in addition to the RPI rules. On track activities must be under the authority of a NARCOA Excursion coordinator.

All participants will be responsible for providing their own PPE (personal protective equipment).
Required PPE will be task specific. As a minimum you will need long pants, over ankle leather boots, and work gloves.  

The work session is be a good opportunity to tune up your motorcar and to hone your operational skills while performing important volunteer work in support of RPI's objectives.

Work Session Detail Plans

 NETC Railroad freight train operations will determine which end of the railroad will be available for our operations.  Typically, their train operations are Sulphur Spring towards the east on Saturday and Suplhur Springs towards the west on Sunday.  I expect we will motorcar the west end on Saturday.  It will be a day or two before the motorcar run before specific dirction plan becomes clear.


The Details:

 Set-On Information:

Pre-Registration Required
Pre-Paymet preferred:
See details below

Set-On process:
Begins at 7:30am and continues through 8:30am.  Individual Set-on under direction of EC on-site. Paperwork after set-on.

Physical Set-On Location:
711  Church St
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

Check with EC before set-on. Note: our set-on location is NOT the old SSW Depot.  Motorcars will set-on east of Church St.

Additional Time Information:
Safety Briefing at 8:45am at the NETC Office.

Departure about 9:00am

Return to Sulphur Springs about 5:00pm

Vehicle & Trailer Parking:
There is plenty of parking.  Please do not block any vehicles from moving.

 Map of Downtown Sulphur Springs, TX, north end.

Additional Details:

$40.00 for they day's operations.

Payment can be made by check payable to RPI,
money order or through PayPal.  Just use the conveient "donate" button below.

Reservations Required:
We need to know ahead of time who is coming!  Stay in touch with the EC before the work-session date.  There could be a last minute plan change!
Reservations may be made by e-mail.
See below contact information.

Advance payment is preferred.  However, payment on the day of the event is acceptable.

Contact Information:
NARCOA Event Coordinator

Myron Malone
5306 Kayway Dr.
Greenville, TX 75402

Weather Advisory:
This time of year in north Texas is generally cool/cold but pleasant.  Be prepared for inclement weather including sun/heat and cold/wet.  We plan to operate this motorcar run rain or shine.   












Safety Documents:
Please print, review and bring with you the following safety documents:

 RPI Job Briefing

  RPI Job Safety Assessment
Safety Advisory:
NETC requires all visitors to the property to wear a "safety-vest" of yellow or red color while on the property

Each motorcar operator is expected to pre-inspect their motorcar using the NARCOA Motorcar Inspection Form v3.1 dated 9/29/2018. 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 . Copies of this form will be available at the seton  the day of the run.

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

Planned Stops: 

If we run east:
Mt. Vernon:  Lunch Break with several local restaurants close by.   

If we run west:
Commerce:   Braums and other eating establishments are within a 1/2 mile walk from the railroad

Your donations keep our group going.
Please consider a direct donation the day of the work session, or use PayPal by using the above "donate" button.
You may send PayPal payments directly to us by using the e-mail address
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.
Greenville, 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 r ailroad tracks or facilities.

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

In passing around ends of standing cars, engines, railroad machinery or 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 other on-track 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 is 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.

North East Texas Connector

The NETC is a division of Freedom Rail Services.  NETC 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.

This rail line is owned by the North East Texas Rural Rail District (NETEX).  NETEX is a rural rail district, a political subdivision of the State of Texas.

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: .