Northwestern Pacific Railroad Network
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A group for people who would love to see the NWP start serving Healdsburg's SYAR quarry and other industries.
Location: Healdsburg, CA
Latest Activity: Mar 7
Started by Joe. Last reply by Tommytommy Sep 29, 2014.
Richard, That's what I was after to compare having kids and rebuilding a railroad and yes I have two sons so I know all about the expenses, seen and unseen. I was trying to point out that there's not much "we" can do but it will happen sooner or later. Just need to keep the faith. This is a unique time for those of us that are NWP fans. Just wanted to give something for everyone to think about. We rail fans are a crazy bunch :)
You would make a good writer using this metaphor. Keep at it.
But as for sitting back, the NWP and the NCRA are business entities and as such cannot sit back and wait. They each have expenses (image the leasing costs for those 3 locomotives and the pay for employees) that have to be met today with revenue from customers. The sooner the line is opened to the north the sooner they can reach their revenue goals.
I would imagine that both are being funded by investors who pay the bills today and the funding is/was based on a business plan with dates for new customers. They lost Standard Structures which was a prime customer so they need alternatives.
Don't know if you have any children but having them is an expensive proposition even before they are born. Same for the NWP, they have to buy fuel, and pay expenses that don't wait.
Well said Richard, and thank you to you, Chad and all the others working to get the NWP reopened from Windsor to Redwood Valley and Ukiah! Next up, Willits :) I do what I can, but we need to instill a sense of urgency to this area, both the people and their officials, we in Mendocino County need the line back up and running badly, as does Northern Sonoma County, it's already taken too long as it is, we need to make sure they have fire lit under their rears.
As I posted last May on this forum, get away from your computers and your model trains and get involved with and send a letter to your local US Congress person to support the NWP TIGER. I wrote a letter this last August to my US Congress woman Anna Eschoo and her office called back today saying they would be happy to help but because the NWP is not physically located in her (SF Peninsula) district that I need to contact the Sonoma Cty Congressperson (Hoffman?).
This is the way that NWP will get to Healdsburg via TIGER and all of you living in the district MUST WRITE to your representatives in support. Other wise no train.
I encourage all on this forum to read the TIGER VI grant application that has been submitted by the NCRA for restoration of the RoW from Healdsburg to Ukiah. This is the url: http://www.northcoastrailroad.org/meetings.html#top and the document, Item F1 can be found in the "packet". Note that this is only an application and that local support is critical to having these grants approved by the feds in Washington.
As for getting from Windsor to Healdsburg via SMART that may be the bigger problem.
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