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View is south, towards 8th Street East crossing. To the left the track curves into the Schellville engine cage. To the right it goes to the Sonoma Pacific lumber yard after passing through the GGRM site.

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Comment by Alex on July 4, 2018 at 3:49pm

The rails at the Water Street side of the Wharf have been cut and rails pulled and paved over at D Street crossing.

Comment by Dave S. on July 4, 2018 at 12:50pm

Nico:  Thanks for the new link!  I do prefer the existing signals on 8th street rather than those classic ones on E. Washington.  I suppose there's no hope of that spur out to the Petaluma Wharf and then on to 1st street will ever get revived.

Comment by Nico on July 4, 2018 at 11:54am

My bad, this is the link here: https://goo.gl/maps/ZGtSVPSzv8z But if these signals in Schellville can be returned to working operation and keep museum movements safe, there is probably no point in using the ones from Petaluma. Unless on the off chance GGRM would like to use vintage looking/historical equipment. 

Comment by Dave S. on July 4, 2018 at 11:28am

My guess is that the crossing equipment pictured here dates from the 1970's.  Not that old in terms of  SP/NWP operations.  I wouldn't know what was there previous to this installation, possibly only crossbucks, but I assume that it was CalTrans (or maybe DOT) that decided that automobile traffic has exceeded a certain threshold and a state-of-the-art grade crossing warning system is required here.  This crossing never had gates, AFAIK.  Taxpayers probably paid for this crossing, which is not operational right now.

So, I struggle to understand how or why this crossing was at one time mandated (it certainly wasn't due to the benevolence of SP), but today's NWP is allowed to operate with it non-functional now.

This is a relatively simple installation and, I believe, could be made functional again without too much expense.  But sometimes when you touch something, the powers that be, insist on all kinds of upgrades due to new codes now in effect.

Comment by Dave S. on July 4, 2018 at 11:21am

Nico:  that link is no-good!  From the Google Maps page, choose Menu (upper-left), then click "Share or embed map", then copy the link and paste into your message here.

Thank you!

Comment by Nico on July 4, 2018 at 10:56am

If they ever decided to rebuild this crossing, it would be interesting if they re-used the old P&SR signals on Water st. in Petaluma. https://www.google.com/maps/@38.2360189,-122.6405536,3a,75y,79.54h,...!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdxXAeVZDkEfes2nIMKJJ2g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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