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What is Rail Swap?

1) Rail Swap is a website intended to help preserve older railroad equipment. It provides free classified advertising of parts, equipments, and related items. Hopefully, the low cost of advertising here will encourage people to exchange the many small items that can be so difficult to find.

2) Rail Swap provides a growing collection of technical information, much of which cannot be found elsewhere on the web. As time and disk space permits, we will gladly add information you might wish to share.

3) Rail Swap provides links to websites which may be of interest to visitors to the classifieds.

Who is it for?

Rail Swap is intended for several audiences:

  • the organized rail preservation community (museums and excursion railroads)

  • shortline railroads that utilize older equipment

  • individuals preserving railroad equipment "in the backyard"

Where did this crazy idea originate?

The idea for Rail Swap occurred to me while maintaining websites and doing volunteer mechanical work for Rockhill Trolley Museum and Reading Co. Technical & Historical Society. It occurred to me that out of the numerous ways to buy and sell railroad related items, none made it easy to buy a power assembly and some brake shoes, or sell a keg of spikes. Hopefully, Rail Swap does its part to correct that.

Who maintains Rail Swap?

I do. Rail Swap is purely a volunteer effort, which helps ensure I have absolutely no spare time left to maintain my yard! Sometimes my friends and associates help by providing artwork, technical info, etc.

What do you get out of this?

I get the satisfaction of helping people preserve railroad history. I get to pay for the name RailSwap.org. I will occasionally post ads to sell or locate something. That's about it.

Rail Swap is great! I sold five steam widgets and feel I owe you...

If you appreciate Rail Swap, I won't turn down a shirt from your railroad, your newsletter, a trip pass, cab ride, etc. Contact me for my shirt size!

I have a great idea for Rail Swap. Are you interested?

I welcome your feedback, and will try to implement changes that make sense. Send your comments. But please understand that my time is limited and that the site is foremost meant to be utilitarian.

Thanks for visiting, and please pass the word!

-- Paul G, Rail Preservationist

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