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North Central Railcars, Ltd. (NCR) was founded in 1996 as a Wisconsin, not-for-profit, corporation that is dedicated exclusively to promoting and coordinating safe, legal, and insured motorcar railroad excursions.

All NCR excursions require NARCOA-approved insurance, and are governed by the NARCOA Book of Rules. Hyrails are permitted if they meet NARCOA's insurance requirements for hyrail vehicles.

Motorcars operated on NCR-sponsored excursions must have brakelights that operate automatically when the brake lever is moved away from its rest position, and must have locked wheels when the brake lever is positioned in the first notch away from the rest position.

NCR was the very first NARCOA local motorcar organization to be named as a NARCOA affiliate, and it is the first local to be covered under NARCOA's general liability insurance and errors and omissions insurance. This allows NCR to demonstrate a professional business image to the railroads as NCR seeks new railroad candidates for its excursions. This image has served NCR well in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula where NCR has sponsored motorcar excursions over Wisconsin Central Ltd., Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad, and Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad. NCR has an "open charter", meaning that it is not restricted to setting up excursions in a specific geographic area, and it will explore excursion opportunities wherever they may exist with cooperation of all local organizations.

A person becomes a member of NCR by having been registered for and having operated at any NCR excursion. As a result, NCR has members from New York, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. All members are expected to follow established NCR general policies that are currently in effect.

NCR members receive free the NCR newsletter, Milepost 212 (when available.) There are no annual member dues. Subscriptions to NCR's newsletter from non-members can be purchased for a calendar year for a $5.00 per year fee.

The 2014 Annual Meeting of North Central Railcars, Ltd

The 2014 annual meeting for North Central Railcars was held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Dino's Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI. There was a meal directly before the meeting at noon. All members were invited to enjoy dinner off the menu and attend the meeting! Check out the details here.


Operation of railway equipment, including motorcars, is governed by Federal, State and Railroad authorities. ALL rail property is owned by someone.

Operation of ANY equipment on or around railroad property is only permitted with permission of the property owner or leaser. NCR will assist local, State, and Federal authorities in prosecuting illegal operators of railway equipment.

Railway motorcar organizations now exist in most parts of the world. Please contact one of these organizations. They have access to rail property and equipment information as well as SAFETY information. They are always looking to further the hobby/sport and would be more than willing to help you.

Information on NCR can be obtained by e-mailing NCR Excursion Director, Michael P. Ford.
David Otte , President
W4347 Centerfield Circle
Waldo, WI 53093
(920) 246-2103 - Cell
E-Mail: dro56@hotmail.com
Michael P. Ford,
Excursion Director
7712 Carpenter Court
Plainfield, IN 46168-8035
(317) 839-9320 - Eves
E-mail: mford@indy.rr.com

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