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The "New" NWP

A group interested in the latest incarnation of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, which is once again moving freight on 62 miles of rail between Windsor and Napa County.

Website: http://nwprailroad.com
Members: 62
Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2015

Discussion Forum

The NWPRR website is pathetic 25 Replies

Started by Al Merkrebs. Last reply by Mike Cook Jun 13, 2012.

Cabooses, or 3-crew members??? 2 Replies

Started by Bill Bramscher. Last reply by Chad Gustafson Sep 9, 2009.

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Comment by Emilio Galo on November 7, 2013 at 11:08pm

It was in the schellvile yard. I think it was  2009 and 1922.

Comment by Angelo Camarda on November 6, 2013 at 5:02pm

Were they in the yard? Or next to it near schellville?

Comment by Emilio Galo on November 5, 2013 at 7:29pm

There's two diesel locomotives sitting on the line near Sonoma

Comment by Sean Eric Bartlett on January 11, 2013 at 4:07pm
Just went threw napa and california northern number 113 is at napa junction. Man I miss those gp15-1's
Comment by Mike Cook on June 21, 2012 at 3:33am

It sure is, I can't wait for them to get the work done on the Windsor to Willits portion!  I'm in Redwood Valley myself, halfway between Ukiah and Willits.  The Skunk line between Willits and Fort Bragg will be glad to have the connection up again at Willits too. The Sierra RR now owns the line, and has been doing a TON of upgrades, work and other goodies on the line, stations, equipment and rolling stock, exciting times up here in NW CA!

Comment by The other Marty Campbell on June 20, 2012 at 9:22pm

hi everyone. It's great hearing horns and seeing activity on the rails again.

 

Comment by Mike Cook on June 13, 2012 at 10:58pm

Cool, I know Fortuna well!  I do work up there occasionally, I work all across NorCal north of Santa Rosa and Sacramento.  I hope they get the rail going up there too, Humboldt County desperately needs jobs!  The last time I was up there, the mall looked so dead, and Eureka just has that "ho hum" feeling anymore, you know?  I think they will at least get the line running from Arcata down along the bay to Fortuna for tourism, but it's a big guess when they'll redo the line through the Canyon, which makes no sense to me as 101 cannot and will never be able to handle the traffic it needs to, yet they sink countless billions into it through there, stupid, especially since the rail line would be FAR cheaper to redo than 101.  Thankfully, the NCRRA has not abandoned it, and is keeping it intact for future service, so I guess we can take solace in that at least, and our legislators here, like Mike Thompson and Wes Cheboro have done a lot to support rail here.

The service from Windsor to Willits is a definite though, it's in their plan (officially, the Russian River Division runs from Willits to Lombard) they submitted, so it's on paper and being worked on.  I contacted the head of the  NCRAA, and he said they and the NWP are in the process of securing the funding to do the work, and they hope to have it up and running again by 2014 or 2015, it's not a matter of if but when now.  The Skunk line from Willits to Fort  Bragg is doing great, the Sierra RR has done a lot of upgrades and work on the line, rolling stock, locomotives and facilities since taking over, and once the NWP connection at Willits is active again wants to develop freight business in Fort Bragg, another town that really needs a good shot in the arm of economics.

I keep checking on the line north of Willits, it makes me so sad everytime I cross the severed tracks on 101 just north of Willits and see the "Tracks out of service" sign, to think less than 20 years ago it was carrying freight on those tracks, and even passenger trains in the 80s on the Eureka Southern.  Or people building fences across the line around Fortuna (though the NCRRA is cracking down on illegal use of it's ROW, finally!) I guess all we can do now is keep the pressure on our elected officials and whoever else is involved, that's the only way things get done, especially here in NW CA, where things seem to take an inordinate amount of time to complete.

That's great to hear about the reload support up there and the gravel op in Island Mountain too, those things should definitely help the economy up there by reducing shipping costs and giving a much need boost to the economy up here.

Well, I guess I've rambled on enough lol  I am so excited to have found this site, and to meet everyone, goodnight and catch ya all on the flip side! :D

Mike

Redwood Valley,CA

Comment by Zachary M. Toler on June 13, 2012 at 12:58am

Well, Mike, I live up in Fortuna, and I also can't wait for trains to get as far as Willits. Willits would be a lot easier for me to go railfan than the current NWP ops are, although I could do Santa Rosa in a day, if timing was with me. Meanwhile, I am a proponent of any rail we can get. I'm always trying to think of things that we could ship by rail. I think it would help the north coast economy to have trains again (any trains!) and I see trains down south and think someday, we may get them too! A lumber reload in Willits would also be viable. A survey of lumber mills in Humboldt found 4/5 would use a reload down there. I've heard through this site that NWP eventually is planning a gravel op in Island Mt. which would ship gravel south. There's what the train could haul through Willits just off the top of my head.


Zachary M. Toler

Comment by Mike Cook on June 13, 2012 at 12:12am

I can't wait until service to Willits starts up again!  I live in Redwood Valley myself, halfway between Ukiah and Willits, this area will benefit a lot from the jobs and improved economy it will bring, not to mention the trucks taken off the roads.

Comment by Zachary M. Toler on September 11, 2011 at 6:09am

'SP' and 'clean locomotives' belong in the same sentence about as much as 'SP' and 'branchline MOW' do! Good ol' SP and it's TLC (or lack thereof!) LMFAO!

 

   Regards, he, he,

Zachary M. Toler

 

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