2007-03-14 / Front Page

You never know!

by MCL Staff Writer

  Motor cars travel through Colquitt Saturday. Motor cars travel through Colquitt Saturday. With all that is going on in Colquitt, it is hard to surprise the people with something new, but once in awhile, something new will come along.

To see a fleet of tour buses parked on the square or around town means something is happening in Cotton Hall, which draws folks from all around the state, the nation and the world. To see a crowd on the courthouse lawn or filling up the shops around the city means that someone is having a citywide yard sale or the stores are going out to get all the visitors to come check out the vast array of goods they have to show and share.

Saturday was different from anything that we've seen before. There was something on the railroad tracks coming through town that few of us had ever seen before. The people of NARCOA were traveling through Colquitt from Decatur County.

NARCOA isn't a drug agency, but a group, a large group, (over 3000 members) of mostly retired people who are members of the North American Railcar Operators Association. The members from 11 areas over the U.S.A. and Canada get together with their privately owned Motor Cars and Hy-rails.

Interviewing Bobby Moreman, the regional director for Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi area group, provided some insight and history into what these strange vehicles were doing and the people in them.

First, they are not only enthusiasts of the railroads and motor cars, they are licensed and highly trained to make these fun and breath-taking excursions all over the U.S.A. and Canada.

Bobby is a retired policeman who now lives in Chamblee. He was the coordinator for this 228 mile round trip from Eldorendo to Cuthbert on the tracks of the Georgia Southwestern Railroad. The trips range from one day to two weeks all over the U.S.A. and Canada.

Some of the members on this trip said that this hobby was one of the best ways to see the country like no one else gets to see it. "We meet the nicest people and have a great time at a reasonable cost.

The Railroad Motorcars have been phased out of checking the tracks for the past few decades and now Hy-wheels are on the railroad tracks taking men to repair the tracks. The Motorcars can be purchased for $2500 to over $10,000, to make these fun trips. Some of the Motorcars date back to the 1930s when they were manufactured. Each member must have insurance and pay a small fee to make these trips. The Motorcars, sometime called "speeders", have a top speed of 30 m.p.h.

See our many photos of this trip on our website at on our dotPhoto albums.

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