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The Last Segment of Stick Rail 1-7-16

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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Comment by steven richard bell on November 14, 2016 at 10:25am

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.

Comment by Richard C. Brand on November 13, 2016 at 11:58pm

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.  

Comment by steven richard bell on November 13, 2016 at 10:55pm

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.

Comment by Andrew Roth on November 13, 2016 at 7:47pm

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. 

Comment by steven richard bell on November 13, 2016 at 11:07am

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.

Comment by Jordan on January 16, 2016 at 12:26am

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.

Comment by Andrew Roth on January 15, 2016 at 10:39pm

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. 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on January 15, 2016 at 9:34pm

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.

Comment by Thad Wuest on January 15, 2016 at 7:39pm

Absolutely beautiful shot

Comment by Chad Glover on January 15, 2016 at 6:59pm
That's awesome. Nice work.

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