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2019 Auction

2019 NRC Rail Construction & Maintenance Equipment Auction 

It is with great pride we are able to report the NRC's 16th Annual Railroad Construction and Maintenance Equipment Auction, held on April 24th at Blackmon Auctions in Lonoke, Ark., sold over 300 pieces of equipment for a record $1.7M in total sales. 

We are thrilled to have raised a record $146,772, more than double the amount from any of the previous 15 auctions, at this year's Auction for the NRC Safety & Education Training program. The NRC Safety & Education Training program receives a percentage of the value of all consignments from contractors, suppliers, and railroads, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the donated items.  Our Safety & Education Training program allows NRC to continue to strengthen its efforts to ensure the safety of everyone in the rail industry, hold the annual NRC Contractor Safety Award contest, and continue to produce safety material, like the industry-recognized safety manuals and video series (25 and counting!).

"2019 continues to bring big wins to the NRC: We were very excited to have broken our best record in 16 seasons at this year's Auction and truly humbled by all of the folks, businesses, and family  who donated equipment and their time to make this event the success it was.  It is really inspiring to see how effective the NRC can be when we all come together, like we did," NRC Chairman Mike Choat, of Wabtec. "Extra credit and thanks is certainly due to our NRC Auction Chairman Danny Brown, of CTE Rail, for working as hard as he did with Thomas Blackmon and his entire Committee to make the day as spectacular as it was.  From the House T&I Subcommittee on Railroads Chairman Rick Crawford stopping by, to our seven-figure success, and even the unbelievably beautiful weather, the NRC could not have made our construction-maintenance community more proud."


Over 300 pieces of rail construction equipment ranged from tampers to grapple trucks, tie inserters to spikers, tie exchangers to ballast regulators, rotary dump trucks to pickup trucks.  A few notable items included a 2010 Nordco TRIPP Inserter sold for 100,000.00, two 2012 Pettibone 445-E Speed Swings, which brought in $80,000.00 each, a 2007 Sterling Material Handler that yielded 84,000.00, and a 2012 International 7600 Rotary Dump sold for $58,000.00. Click here to view all results for this year's Auction

Thanks to the tremendous effort made by the Auction Committee and participating Board Members that helped make 2019 a record Auction," NRC Board member and NRC Auction Committee Chairman Danny Brown of CTE Rail said. "The reason for the Auction being so successful this year was because of a job well done by Thomas Blackmon Jr. and his team at Blackmon Auctions. This is the first NRC Auction without the original Auctioneer and long time supporter of the NRC  Thomas Blackmon Sr., who passed away at the age of 78 on February 11, 2019.  Mr. Blackmon will be missed by many and certainly those of us who benefited by his friendship and dedication to his industry.  He was a true gentleman and a legend in the Auction business. 
A special thanks to Eric Gehringer and Lee Koehler of Union Pacific for selling items in this year's auction.  Another thanks to Paul Laurello, of Delta Railroad Construction, Greg Spilker, of Encore Rail Systems, Deric Berry, of Herzog, Scott Commo, of Industrial Railway Suppliers, and Eddie Stokes, of Railway Equipment Services, for donating equipment.  The proceeds from the donated equipment sold at the Auction are designated to support the NRC Safety & Education Training program, and we truly appreciate the entire community's support. 
The Auction Committee, including Danny Brown, of CTE Rail, Deric Berry, of Herzog, Daniel Daugherty, of Progress Rail Services, Mark Gaffney, of Stacy & Witbeck, Jay Gowan, of RailWorks, Matt Harbison, of Danella, Russ Gehl, of Holland, Paul Laurello, of Delta Railroad Construction, Mark Snailham, and Greg Spilker, of Encore Rail Systems, were instrumental in getting the equipment to tthe yard and spreading the word throughout the industry. Thanks to NRC board members Mike Choat, Dave Bergstrom, Steve Bolte, and Allen Branham for your leadership with the Auction, as well. Thomas Blackmon, Jr. of Blackmon Auctions and his team did an outstanding job of running the Auction proceedings.


"I love the rail community and I appreciate working with the NRC," Thomas Blackmon said of his thoughts on the Auction. "Thank you to everyone who came to our Blackmon Auction location in Lonoke, Arkansas."
A special thanks to Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR-01), ranking member of the U.S. House Railroad subcommittee, for joining the Auction and visiting with NRC Member Company, Blackmon Auctions.  Congressman Crawford toured the Auction yard, addressed attendees, and discussed the importance of the short line tax credit, freight rail transportation, ratifying USMCA, and free trade policies. 
The NRC greatly appreciates these companies for recognizing the importance of this opportunity and making a true investment in railroad contractor safety.  Of course, it's not too early to start making plans to consign or donate equipment for the 2020 NRC Auction next year! 
For more information on the NRC Auction, visit:

The 2019 NRC Railroad Construction and Maintenance Equipment Auction was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 8AM-1PM. For informational purposes:

Location: Blackmon Auctions425 Blackmon Road, Lonoke, Arkansas 72086
Equipment: View an up-to-date equipment breakdown with photos by clicking here. Also, click here to view the printed Blackmon Auctions brochure for the NRC Auction.
Equipment Inspection: 8am-5pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Little Rock Downtown (521 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201). 

Happy Hour/Social Event: April 23, 2019, 5:00pm to 11pm - Lobby Bar at the Courtyard by Marriott Little Rock Downtown

Please contact NRC Auction Chairman Danny Brown ( if you have any questions.