RPI Leadership 

 Membership Form

  Railroad Partners, Inc.
is a Texas based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic rail corridors.




The mission of Railroad 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.

Note from Treasurer Ed Michal:
Due to changes in tax law that make it much less likely that dues payments will be deductible, I plan to issue a receipt for dues only if requested. Thanks very much for your support and we look forward to enjoying excursions and work sessions with you this coming year.

Railroad Partners, Inc.
Membership dues for calendar year 2024 are now payable.

Dues are:
$ 30.00 per individual
$ 50.00 per family.

All dues are potentially tax-deductible as a charitable donation.
If paid in 2024, they can be deducted on a tax return for 2024.

You can donate using your Pay-Pal account
or send a check to:

Railroad Partners, Inc.
Edward Michal, Treasurer
12523 Georgian Oaks
San Antonio, TX 78230

 Upcoming Events

 Capital Metro Transportation

Work Sessions on various dates:
Feb 1, 2024 - Jan 31, 2024

* There will be work sessions before any NARCOA Run.  Watch this space or contact the EC for details. *

Work Sessions for line maintenance
Dates vary. Watch this web page and
contact EC
Frank Glatzl for notifications.

Border Pacific

Penitas, Texas

  Saturday, March 2, 2024 &
    Sunday, March 3 , 2024


North East Texas Connector (NETC)

Sulphur Springs, Texas

  Saturday, March 16, 2024 &
    Sunday, March 17, 2024


Capital Metro Transportation

Bluebonnet Run
Llano, TX

  Saturday, April 6, 2024

*Date Change* due to Eclipse!
NEW Date: Saturday April 13, 2024


Railroad Partners, Inc is a NARCOA affiliate and 501(c)3 non-profit organization. RPI was formed in October of 2008 for the purpose of preserving rail corridors for public transportation and recreational (motorcar) purposes. The organization is modeled after the Recreational Railroad Coalition in California who gave the RPI founders the inspiration to attempt to preserve threatened rail corridors.

Negations with Capitol Metro Transportation of Austin, TX by RPI resulted in a successful lease agreement for 27 miles of track on the west end of the Llano Branch.  The leased portion extends from Scobey Spur to the end of track at Llano, TX.  Since the lease became effective on November 1, 2009, RPI has provided light maintenance on the line and conducts motorcar excursions and rail safety exercises.  Maintenance activities are conducted by RPI trained volunteers.

Since its founding, RPI has worked to provide Operation Lifesaver presentations, participated in Capitol Metro's rail transit safety programs, acquired rolling stock, and made rail safety and preservation presentations at public events.  In addition, RPI has frequently hosted motorcars excursions in which proceeds are used to fund RPI mission activities. We are currently working with rail transportation districts across Texas to offer our volunteer services to promote and preserve marginal or threatened rail lines. We are also in need of your voluntary labor and your donations to further our efforts at preserving the Llano Branch and other marginal rail lines.

The Llano Branch now sees routine motorcar operations. However, it will take some ongoing light maintenance efforts to keep the line in good shape. We are seeking NARCOA certified and insured operators to assist with line maintenance prior to NARCOA runs. Watch this web page for announcement of work session dates.


Railroad Partners can use your donationstons support our volunteer efforts.
You are welcome to donate to us through our PayPal interface by using the "donate" button.
 Or you may send PayPal payments directly to us by using the e-mail address railroad.partners@gmail.com.

You may also donate to us by check or money order.
 Simply mail your donation directly to our treasurer at:
Railroad Partners, Inc.
Edward Michal, Treasurer
12523 Georgian Oaks
San Antonio, TX 78230