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I assume this is the new Golden Gate Railroad Museum construction work. In the distance the track to the lumber yard has a couple of new turnouts, making a small yard ladder.
Albums: GGRM Site, Schellville, 2018-04-07
Location: Schellville, Sonoma, CA
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Check out the third paragraph:"This bill would require the authority, before April 1, 2019, to transfer its rights, privileges, and responsibilities, excluding any preexisting liability related to debt, litigation, or contractual obligations, relating to both its right-of-way south of a point in the City of Willits and the railroad assets the authority owns to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District"
Yes, the Veto of the funding package caused harm to any future of the NCRA. That's all in the past now so there's no worth worrying about it. If you want to complain, you should complain to the right person:
Sentator Mike McGuire,
The one thing that everyone is not taking into account is the fact that if the bill to disolve the NCRA passes, the tracks will no longer be owned by NCRA. They will be owned by SMART. The GGRM may not even be able to operate on the non-PTC tracks once SMART takes over ownership of the r.o.w. SMART may also choose another operator besides NWP as the freight carrier, which would also change things regarding the cage and the spur.
The next year should prove to be very interesting, especially with regards to the GGRM.
Dave S. makes a good point about GGRM having to run through the cage. But running through the cage has been going on for a while for Sonoma Pacific Lumber, right?
It will be interesting to see what NWP does with the cage, if anything, when GGRM starts running.
But as I remember the NWP RoW runs into Lombard which is close to city of Napa and the Wine Train. Is their any chance that the GGRM may have plans to run up the Napa Valley? The new owners of of the Wine train are well funded and I expect railfans so what if???
I'd love to see steam return to St. Helena with no derail just south of the town.
It's great that the GGRM are moving closer to us in the North Bay, but operationally it's going to be a bit messy if the Schellville cage remains as-is, as the Sonoma Pacific spur runs right through it. So, if the GGRM even wants to take anything out for a short spin they can't go very far without running into that cage. As you can tell from the other photos, 2009 was parked on that track.
Concerning PTC on steam engines: it can be done, but there's no point unless they intend to run on the SMART line, which I would imagine is highly unlikely. Also, there's no PTC protected track east of Ignacio, that's dark territory. I would urge SMART to push northward with their limited funds.
A steam excursion from Lombard to Schellville to Ignacio and back would be really cool though! But my gut tells me it wouldn't be allowed to go over the Black Point drawbridge.
BTW: a lot of this GGRM talk is speculation on my part. I can't find much evidence that this is still happening. Plus, the construction underway looks like a big budget job, perhaps beyond the means of a non-profit group. There should be a way to track down those permits that Bob mentions below and find out more about the project, including the sponsor. There had to have been a design review approved by the local authorities. Sorry, I need to get back to work and don't have time!
BTW, wasn't it reported that somebody pulled permits for a huge warehouse complex right around there with sidings and all?
"... will not be publicized at the request of the railroads..." I guess they don't want mobs of railfans and photographers all over their ROWs taking pictures of the GGRM's steam engine running on tracks that may never see a steam engine again.
Can't wait to see her in excursion service on the NWP Co. I'm wondering, though, is it possible to install PTC on a steam engine? I have a hunch the answer is "no."
I kick myself now for not walking that spur. I don't know if there were any cars in the lumber yard on Saturday.
I would say that the spur is about 7 or 8 miles from Lombard. In the old days the lumber would have come from the mills up by Eureka. One has to wonder where those cars are being loaded now.
Sonoma Pacific is essentially a new customer as of June 2015. (Still can't believe it's been three years since that spur was rehabilitated.)
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