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NWP 2009 bounces along the last segment of original NWP jointed rail near Ignacio, now headed eastbound towards Schellville and Napa Jct.
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You make some good points. Too bad that we share initials as my initial thought is that you were unable to see that my entire post was humorous in intent and knot to be taken ceriously. I believe myself to be of more decades in age than you so I shall accept that as fact.
Get sober Steven as you and I share the same initials for this site and so I need you to stay focused as you have described yourself as some kind of a practiced shutter bug and wanta be rail bug. You as a "shutter bug" must understand that this photo's perspective is affected by the lense used by Andrew for his shot. If you still have questions about the reality appearance of this photo send a note to Andrew and also to read Jordan's post on our freight rail.
Given we are in the 21st and not the 19th century and so railroads like this 21st century NWP-used line are suffering because of lack of rail infrastructure funding, those of us on this website would be made happy if you could send some messages out to your Congress person asking them to provide funding for local businesses like exhibited here in Andrew's photo.
Stick rail is not as strong as steel rail. Used to come up through coaches in 19th century sometimes killing or maiming passengers. It was used on the maim-lines at that time. Even Mamie Eisenhower was named Maim in honor of those stick rails that broke.
For the time being, yes. Expanding east on this line seems to be a long term goal for SMART, even though they own the line outright. So yes, I'd say the stick rail is going to be here for a while. I wouldn't be surprised if the segments were 5 feet.
Are we to be stuck with stick rail? Also did they lay 4 to 5 ft sections as photo shows great numbers of short rail sections with many rail joiners. Would have been better had track been laid in either 39 ft sections or longer pieces.
It's actually a little known fact that the US has the best freight rail infrastructure in the world, as well as the most technologically advanced (Even without PTC). Passenger is a different story.
Thanks guys! Yes Richard, SMART owns all track south of Healdsburg. Everything from Healdsburg up is NCRA property. As for the state of our railroads, jointed rail is becoming harder to find. All the major class 1s have already switched to welded "ribbon rail." I don't think our RoWs are in that bad a shape. They suit our needs just fine.
Great photo. I should talk to John but didn't NCRA also sell this rail link to SMART? Freight can deal with this level of rail and I'd rather see SMART put their funding into moving north over the RR into Healdsburg but it is a sad commentary about the state of railroads in the US. If you look at the rail lines where the Syrian refugees are coming in, their RoW is in better shape. We are 4th world.
Absolutely beautiful shot
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