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After the proving run is complete, the RDC will replace trains #3 & #4 running between Willets and Eureka. This is the new Rapido model out of Canada with DCC and sound.

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Comment by Richard Todd on May 7, 2017 at 11:40am

I'm working on completing Loleta and Fort Seward. Work and health issues have kept me out of the basement. The Rivarossi Heisler is ok, but a quite dated model. They lettered it for TPL but the heislers on TPL were quite different. I think that one originally came from the Mount Tamalpias railway.  I would suggest trying to find a Bachmann shay or Climax. They are beautiful models and good runners.

Comment by Rob on May 7, 2017 at 9:59am

That's great to hear!  Thx for the correction, I meant geared steam.  Rivarossi has a TPL Heisler that looks like the best available in HO.  My added thanks for your photos, very helpful in planning.   Any recent photos of your layout?

Comment by Richard Todd on May 7, 2017 at 9:23am

Dave S., be sure to check out the photos of Bob Hogan. He is an outstanding photographer and was with me in 1961 and covered the north coast better than I in subsequent years.

Comment by Richard Todd on May 7, 2017 at 5:44am

Rob, if you meant geared STEAM engines, you are in luck! Shays, Heislers, Climaxes and Willamettes all ran in the north country into the late 1950's. All of these are available in plastic for some what more reasonable prices. Bob Hogan and I saw TPL #29 run for the last time in June, 1961. Oh, that we had stayed and done more photography, instead of taking a ride in the caboose of a string of logging flats into the woods.

Comment by Rob on May 6, 2017 at 9:51pm

Thanks for the great feedback, guys.  I'm looking at modelling 1953 for those reasons -still an excuse for diesel and steam.  But I'm finding I'll need to be "creative" as you describe to have all I want.  I have an SP red/gray diesel, and would love to run the SP-10, but that would be late 50s.  And I'd also like to run a geared logging diesel, which would have been a few decades earlier.  So I think I'll have to go 30s-50s.

I met a couple of NWP modelers at the Bakersfield PCR convention a couple of weeks ago.  I'm hoping to go to the NWP/SP convention in Sonoma Co this fall, and the PCR convention there in April of '18.  Also found a SP SD-7 there, so I'm on my way.

Comment by Dave S. on May 6, 2017 at 8:29pm
Mr. Todd: I always loved looking at your Eureka photos. It was the NWP at its maximum zenith!
Comment by Richard Todd on May 6, 2017 at 7:35pm

Thanks Dave! I didn't have time to find the listing. Rob, the link Dave identified will take you to a bunch of my photos taken in 1958 and 1961.

Comment by Dave S. on May 6, 2017 at 4:10pm

Here's a link, because it won't always be photo 51:

Comment by Richard Todd on May 6, 2017 at 3:20pm

Rob, I just noticed that photo 51 in the photos running, is a photo I took in Eureka in 1958. It is an SW-8 with dynamic brakes, and the orange and black "Halloween" paint scheme.

Comment by Richard Todd on May 6, 2017 at 3:16pm

Rob, sorry it has taken me so long to respond. My first recommendation is to acquire The Fred Stindt books. They are a treasure trove of information and photos. Next, define your era. The NWP underwent huge changes between 1950 to 1960. For the first years, NWP was all steam. The transition to diesel came very fast between 1952 and 1953. By the end of 1953 steam was gone. NWP was entirely EMD powered. The Fred Stindt books have lists of what type of engines were working when. There are many EMD switchers available. The bulk of the operations after 1953 were done by SD-7's or SD-9's. The switchers were SW-8's, SW-9's and SW 12's. The switchers wore black/tiger stripe paint until the late 1950's. There was a short time that they were black with orange sills and ends. Then they got the standard SP grey and red. The SD's wore black widow paint until the late 50's, some into the 60's.

My basic era is 1953 when steam and diesel ran together for a brief period. My problem is I am a modeler, so my era is elastic! I have a set of trains for the overnight mail, and the Redwood, and now the Budd car. Why? Because I like them all! I have, or will have, the last 3 steam engines the NWP ran, plus 3 leased SP engines, plus a 2-8-0 # 501 that almost was. I have 2 SD-7's, 2 SD-9's, 4 SW-'s, and lots of logging engines.

The most important thing is to enjoy what you do with your models. At the end of the day, if anyone questions what you do, just say it's my railroad!

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