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we need to send out an SOS.
Save Our Spurs!
Connect freight customers to the historic main line NWP freight service. And do it TODAY!
Personally, i think the customers need to band together and lobby SMART for their spurs. One or two can be shut out and ignored, but if all the the people who want spurs star making noise, it will be impossible to ignore and SMART will have to respond.
I'm not sure, but I think what SMART is doing may be illegal, by preventing customers from shipping they are blocking interstate commerce. I'm not sure on that though.
Its not blocking is the thing, they're saying "hey, pay us and we'll put your spur you haven't used in a decade back into place."
I know the contractor well who removed the spur INSIDE the Lagunitas property. It was done so at their request so they could install a large group of tanks. However, the switch remained. At that time there was no freight service, so.... And as far as "300,000" for switch equipment according to SMART, where do they get that number? At that price and terms, nobody will be getting a spur. Maybe if SMART charged a couple of million, they could eliminate freight from their world for good. Hope this article gets NWP some real help. Thanks for posting Chad
OK all of you North Bay NWP supporters, stop posting here and/or running model trains, and write a letter to either the Press Democrat if you live in Sonoma Cty or to the Marin I J if you live in Marin and tell SMART to fulfill its promise to decrease traffic and support freight connections. It is true that SMART was successful by promising to get traffic off of 101. That goes for trucks too that can be replaced by rail with spurs in place.
But if true, this comment from SMART via the PD "SMART says some spurs need to disappear to meet federal safety guidelines." is absolute BS. What does Amtrak ride on? Freight rails. And CalTrain down here runs 79 mph and there are still many spurs on their RoW.
Start a movement!
What I can't figure out is why all these "customers" are coming out saying they're mad at SMART for cutting their spurs when freight service has been active for 3 years now, and none of them have shipped a single load on the NWP, except for Laugunitas, who moved their spur by their own judgement.
I really felt like this article was lopsided, but maybe thats just me.
They probebly wanted to see NWP run for a couple years without failing before signing up, plus some probably have shipping agreements with trucking companies that need to expire first.
I think you guys are on it. The whole situation is full of questions. Also, there are regulations (of which I know nothing) that probably do exist regarding safety of track when used for passenger. But they won't be going 80 by Lagunitas as Corona station is only about a half mile up the tracks. But if they count switches on curves or something, that in itself screws a lot of shippers because the line winds it way through both counties. Maybe 5 million for a switch, that would do it for sure HA HA .
ssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhh don't give SMART any ideas