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Comment by Richard C. Brand 21 hours ago

Also I noticed some new sleepers put under the RoW on either side of the Windsor Ave crossing.  Rails though are rusty.

Comment by Richard C. Brand 21 hours ago

Those hoppers are still sitting up on that spur in Windsor.

Comment by Richard C. Brand on July 23, 2018 at 9:39pm

Thank you Scott for that clarification.  I have watched that coach for years while it was parked on the spur in Healdsburg so I was pleased to see that the air tanks and carriage components had been upgraded enough to move it to SS.  But then to see what must be the remnants of vandalism scattered on the tracks in Windsor made me sick. 

The Napa folks have deep pockets so hopefully it will be well cared for but I would have rather seen it restored to its original SP Orange and Red color scheme.

Restoring and maintaining these historic carriages is a rich persons or corporate endeavor.   

Comment by Scott Kremer on July 23, 2018 at 7:11pm

1501 came and picked up the Tuolumne about a month or so ago, late one night. I believe its in Schellville now, waiting to head over to the Napa Valley Wine Train (If its not there already)

Comment by Richard C. Brand on July 23, 2018 at 4:53pm

No scapping.  Just suspect vandalism forcing the owner to move it asap.  Problem with these historic cars is that the brakes, trucks and other other equipment must be certified by the Feds and that takes time.  I would be surprised that SMART could allow an uncertified car be transported on their RoW.  So whereto?

Comment by Richard C. Brand on July 23, 2018 at 2:50pm


These sure look like the same string of what we assume are empties.  Yes the wheels were shiny.

I should have taken a picture of the glass on the tracks but I was so bothered at seeing what appeared to be the evidence of some destruction of this historic SP car.

Comment by Dave S. on July 23, 2018 at 2:22pm

Might this be the same set of cars?

Richard:  were the car wheels bright & shiny when you were there this weekend?

Comment by Dave S. on July 23, 2018 at 2:21pm

I finally found that other recent photo of the Windsor Siding, by Doug Williams:

Comment by Richard C. Brand on July 23, 2018 at 10:00am

I looked for that photo too.  Was it Chad who posted that one?

At least one was empty and saw no evidence of rodents so all probably that way.  No way to know how long or why they are not being returned to the exchange.  Does this reinforce the point that the NWP has lost business in Petaluma? 

I find it interesting that lately the NWP has been storing hoppers along the SMART owned RoW rather than in Schellville.  There may be some kind of new agreement between the two.

Comment by Dave S. on July 23, 2018 at 9:28am

I was trying to find the other recent photo about hoppers up there in Windsor.  I assume these are all empties.  Do we know if they are going to be there for long term storage?  Are these the empties after delivering grain to the Petaluma feed businesses?  Does anyone know the NWP schedule/pattern of operation with the P-town feed businesses? 

Great to see activity up and down the line!

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