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2015 ANNUAL RAIL FANS DAY RIDE

The Red Springs & Northern Railroad Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce our annual RAIL FANS DAY RIDE on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. The round trip ride will cover the entire 13 mile RS&N line from Red Springs, NC to Parkton, NC and return. The train will leave the Red Springs & Northern depot in Red Springs, NC at 10:30 a.m. SHARP!

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MOVING FORWARD – CROSS TIES, MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT, AND MOUNTAIRE

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. 

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NCTM AUGUST 2015 RAILROAD SHOW

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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).

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RS&N SAFETY ALERT – TRAINS, TRACKS & PEDESTRIANS!

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:

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EXCITEMENT!! BRAVERY!! THE RS&N’S GOT IT!!!!

 

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….).

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INTRACOASTAL MODEL RAILROAD CLUB Railfans Ride

May 20, 2015     RS&N is proud to have hosted The Intracoastal Model Railroad Club of Calabash, NC, for a round trip railfans ride from Red Springs to the depot at Parkton. The train consisted of 2 Fairmont heavy gang motorcars – an A-4 and an A-6 – and 4 passenger trailer cars. One of the passenger cars was the rebuilt #8404, with its new safety harness.

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RED SPRINGS STREET FESTIVAL

May 18, 2016     And a great time was had by all !! The Red Springs Arts Council hosted its annual Street Festival Saturday, May 16, 2015 in downtown Red Springs. There were inflatables for the kids and vendors selling lots of good food and various craft items, artists, community groups, folk and Indian dancers and singers. A gospel singing group added to the festive atmosphere.

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RS&N #8404 TRAILER CAR

 

May 14, 2015     Red Springs & Northern Railroad Foundation, Inc. is proud to present the RS&N #8404 trailer car, rebuilt and painted by Foundation President Chris Abbood. Chris assumed the project of restoring one car at a time at his state-of-the-art home shop. 

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Switch Cross Ties Replacement – Croft Metals Siding

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.

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New Switch Stand for Croft Metals Siding

April 24, 2015    The RS&N now has a new switch stand for the Croft Metals siding. Under clear blue skies with gentle breezes and temperatures hovering in the low 70’s, it was the perfect day to complete this portion of track maintenance.

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