Welcome to the Red Springs & Northern Railroad Foundation, Inc. website – so glad you stopped by!
RS&N’s annual HALLOWEEN FRIGHT TRAIN, a “give back to the community” event, was held in Parkton, NC October 23/24 and 30/31, with trains running every 30 minutes from 7PM – 11PM. Halloween rides have been held for the past 7-10 years and are provided as a safe, fun, family-oriented entertainment experience. This year’s event coordinator was RS&N Board Member Tim Parnell, assisted by RS&N President Chris Abbood, who managed the actual train operations.
In the town of Shannon, in Robeson County, could be that you’ve driven across the SR-71 railroad grade crossing, located at RS&N MP 231.95. This is the old ACL/CSX milepost that measured south from Richmond, VA (MP OO). At one time, the crossing was protected with flashing lights. Now, only a single, nonfunctional steel mast with lights remains.
Sadly, this very important crossing, subjected over the years to the relentless pounding of heavy traffic and unmerciful weather conditions, remained in a state of disrepair…….
September 30, 2015 During the past several years, there has been increased railroad industry focus on grade crossing safety nationwide due to more trains, more cars and more grade crossing conflicts. NCDOT-RAIL responded to the call for improving grade crossing safety. Among several initiatives was a project to improve rail crossing signage.…
(In their twilight years, a senior asked his aging buddy, “Tim, do you prefer boxers or briefs?” After a pause, Tim smiled and with a wink and a nod playfully responded, “Depends!”)
Surrounded by a large group of family and close friends,
RS&N gave Tim Parnell a “SURPRISE!!” 50th birthday party Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Red Springs Community Center. Obviously, by the look on Tim’s face as he came through the door, he gave “SURPRISE!!” a whole new meaning!
RS&N has been purchasing new and relay ties over the past year. We have had excellent prices by being able to react quickly to available ties. Recently, we were able to purchase 250 new Grade 4&5 ties and have them shipped to the Woodlot Yard in Red Springs. We received assistance from two of our Red Springs neighbors, EHC Environmental Spill Control and MEW Electric Company.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC was very appreciative of the Red Springs & Northern Railroad Foundation, Inc. members’ participation at their annual Railroad Show this weekend. (Click on pictures to enlarge).
As members of the Red Springs & Northern Railroad Foundation, Inc., it is our responsibility to bring awareness to the public about railroad safety. So now’s the time for a basic, common sense safety refresher course re trains, tracks, and pedestrians. We rail fans LOVE the thrill of standing nearby as a swiftly moving train thunders its way down the line. The speed, the power, the sound of the wheels pounding the steel rails – it can make you freeze in place. And that’s when accidents happen before we have a chance to think about it. SO – let’s consider the following life-saving facts:
Saturday, August 1, 2014 was a typical clear, hot, sunny day. Mid afternoon temperatures were mid and upper 90’s. Cotton just beginning to bloom… corn nearing end of cycle… soy beans looking good… tobacco ready to be topped… gentle breezes, blue skies – whatta day for a ride on the rails!! And the BEST group of folks to share it with – (l-r in group picture – Jerry Bullard, Susan & John Cease, Jim Tweedy, Mark Bullard, Oswald Williams & Janet Tweedy. (Lydia Williams was there, too…just hiding behind the camera….).
April 18, 2015 Yesterday after the monthly board of directors meeting in Red Springs several foundation members headed out to the Croft Metals switch. The old “head block” switch cross ties had deteriorated to the point that the switch would not operate correctly. The old ties were removed and new ones were inserted.