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About 1/2 miles railroad west from the San Rafael SMART platform, or behind the Mercedes-Benz dealership which was formerly the site of a lumber yard. Shamrock Materials on the left. Up until a few months ago this area had a run-around track. Some scraps of it remain in the distance on the right. I remember in the 1970's watching SP switch lumber flats into the two lumber yards that used to be nearby here.

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Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 29, 2017 at 7:36pm


Want to thank you again for posting all of these wonderful pictures of the Larkspur extension construction.  Thursday coming back from Santa Rosa we stopped to see the SMART station (picture posted today of the building) and also the RoW work on the extension was VERY encouraging.  

But the best part of the stop was our interaction with a SMART employee sitting at the northbound SR platform.  See us looking around he asked if he could answer any questions.  I asked him where train  riders can park their cars to ride the train especially for overnight trips.

He was quick to respond pointing us to the Calif. State Park and Ride lot a block away from the train station.  I hate driving 101 when I have to inch along the road north of Novato where it goes from 4 lanes to 2 while the SMART train goes by at 79 mph.  

Next time we will park in San Rafael and take the train to Santa Rosa.  

Happy New Year to you and to all members.    

Comment by Don Underwood on December 28, 2017 at 2:47am

Could FH be TT??

Comment by Chad Glover on December 27, 2017 at 9:17pm

It's deja vu all over again....

Comment by Mark Drury on December 27, 2017 at 4:55pm

I removed your comments, Fred, as they're focused on speculation about the motives and characters of others rather than on the NWP or railroading (and the basis of your speculation is tenuous, in any case).  This same behavior was seen in a previous member who was removed from the network several times, under different accounts, and I'm hoping the present situation isn't another episode of same.  Please enjoy the Holidays and we look forward to your railroading contributions in the New Year!  Regards,

Mark D.

Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 26, 2017 at 11:38pm

As a new member Fred Haines (if that is your real name) of this friendly site you seem to have come on with a rather aggressive style, critiquing some existing members including myself as well as our video system. As an example, while you have pushed Dave S. to divulge his last name you have not listed your own home city on your profile page.   Be careful about being the pot calling the kettle black.

So I apologize to my fellow NWPRR members for not remembering SMART’s Mr. Mansourian’s name when I wrote my post. This is an NWPRR named site and not a SMART site and while Mansourian and his team have built a successful and much needed passenger rail system on the old NWP RoW, it has also created a lot of barriers to the success of the new NWP freight business. I’m referring in part to SMART’s elimination of switches on the mainline to allow deliveries to businesses on the RoW such as Lagunitas. Businesses in Marin and Sonoma that convert over to rail transit remove large trucks from overloaded hiway 101.  

Mr. Haines I’m amused that you attribute to me more knowledge and awareness of the north Bay area than I deserve. Is that where you reside?

But bottom line Mr. ”newby”, I don’t like you telling my colleagues on this site to “don’t even bother...” with my posts unless you are hiding something.  Keep it positive.

Happy New Year all and here’s to the growth and success of the NWPRR.


Comment by David L ILLICH on December 26, 2017 at 5:06pm

Some of the old rail is on the right side of the photo it is not new rail it's from SP days bye gone

Comment by Carl O'Connor on December 26, 2017 at 12:36pm
Richard: The aggragate facility in the picture gets thier rock from the dutra quarry in San Rafael that is about 10 miles away. Would not be very competitive by rail. Even if they closed that quarry it would be cheaper to parge it to Petaluma and truck it to San Rafael than ship it by train. Just my two cents
Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 25, 2017 at 10:43pm


Interesting to see the Star/Saar aggregate facility in the background in this picture.  I've always wondered if it was still active in which case that facility would need delivery by rail to be competitive.

But as we know SMART in their not so smart planning designed the ROW so that no freight train can progress down their RoW from the wye without damage to the station platforms.  So no surprise that the stacked rails are only 80 ft.  I would surmise that they were brought in by special xtra long trucks.  But the only way that I know to transport CWR track is via an NWP pulled rail train.

And we live in a high technology area.

But hey thank you so much Dave for these great pictures of the work on the Larkspur extension.  In spite Farquar's mistakes this will still be great addition to the rail service in these two counties.

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