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I'm not sure if it's really been discussed here much, but a quick review of local railroad related social media sites reveals that the Golden Gate Railroad Museum, late of temporary residence at Niles Canyon, has entered into an agreement with the NWP Co. to move their operations to Schellville. (See: http://www.ggrm.org/default.aspx ) That would be their twelve (12) locomotives and 25+ cars, including, an exSP "Black Widow" GP9, a couple of F7 "Covered Wagons," and, of course, their famous SP2472, the beautifully restored 1921 Baldwin 4-6-2 "Pacific," and its period passenger consist. That much is, by all appearances, absolutely official and you can take it to the bank (unless GGRM is posting "fake news" on it's official website.)
This is supposed to happen in the near future (weeks to month and a half) depending on UP traffic scheduling and SP2472 is supposed to be arriving with a train in tow under her own power, which will be pretty darn impressive to see.
The equipment will be stored "at Schellville" in a secure compound built by GGRM. This seems to be a "for sure." Rumors (comments on FB, all of which I consider "rumors,") on the other hand, are that GGRM is looking for a site "somewhere between Schellville and Healdsburg" to build a permanent headquarters for rolling stock storage and maintenance shops. Reportedly, at some point, excursion operations might be expected, but details have not been addressed as the immediate concern is moving the GGRM to Schellville because they must presently vacate the Niles Canyon Railway yard. (They had attempted to work out an operating agreement with Santa Cruz to move to an unused stretch of track down there, but that was politically nixed by a coalition of NIMBY's and "bike path-ers." ... Santa Cruz's loss and our gain!)
So, as Will Rogers said, "All I know is what I read in the papers and that's an alibi for my ignorance." There's got to be members of this forum with a lot more detailed information on "developments as they occur." Can I ask that anybody that knows anything, and particularly the date SP2472 will be making its way to Schellville under steam, share what they know here, or at least post links to any new information that pops up on other sites?
Needless to say, this going to be is a seriously BIG DEAL if and when it comes to pass. As SP2472 would say, "Quiet zones? Quiet zones? I doan got to cho you no steen-king quiet zones!"
Wow! That's some great news. They've got space to build temporary space and an engine house at Schellville and work is starting now. Presently awaiting FRA inspection of rolling stock and clearance for the "Shellville Special" to transfer rolling stock to Sonoma. Future plans to locate a museum and yard somewhere on the NWP ROW when they can find a suitable site. Might they be rebuilding the yard and roundtable at Healdsburg? It's anybody's guess at the moment, I suppose. Read their newsletter in the post immediately below. Steam excursions on the NWP. Way to go!