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Name that train!
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http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/2909252-181/court-ruling-could-clear-path#page=2Hey all. This news…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Hayes Oct 7, 2014.

Railroad themed hotel
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websiteRan across this interesting business by Clear Lake while looking for a highway built in the 1930's. Love what they've done with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tommytommy Aug 7, 2014.

Mystery Trestle on the Russian River
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Howdy. I have an mystery on my hands and wanted to see if there was anyone around that might be able to pinpoint a location. I found a small article in an old magazine called California Highway and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Atnip Feb 13, 2015.

Photo requests
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If anyone could help with my mapping project, I would appreciate it. If you can get pictures and add them on a share site so that I could link them to my abandoned google maps in 600x400, that would…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew F. Laverdiere Dec 15, 2012.

 

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Jordan commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's blog post My long suffering state of Maine and its dilapidated RR system
"I wouldn't call it decay. The Central Maine and Quebec has really turned things around on a lot of the lines they took over, with freight car loadings on the rise. This can especially be said of the former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic the CMQ…"
Oct 13, 2016
Richard C. Brand commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's blog post My long suffering state of Maine and its dilapidated RR system
"Andrew: Just returned from a 2 week tour of New England with a week in Maine but saddened for the loss of the Maine Eastern.  Went to Brunswick only to find that the Maine Eastern which we have promised our 5 year old grandson that we would…"
Oct 12, 2016
Andrew F. Laverdiere commented on Richard C. Brand's blog post Historic rail line question
Aug 21, 2016
Andrew F. Laverdiere posted a video

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) - 1966 Trains & Railroads Documentary - WDTVLIVE42

A look the technologies and development phases of San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, the "Transport of tomorrow". WDTVLIVE42 - Transport, ...
Apr 23, 2016
lazygenius commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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Hamilton AFB 1954 spur ROW

"I just googled that area, and it appears that there are seven "revetments" around the hill, similar to the ones at Concord Naval base."
Mar 21, 2016
Bob Cleek commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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Hamilton AFB 1954 spur ROW

"Hamilton has a rather active historical association and they have what is reportedly a very good little museum located in the former base firehouse.  I haven't had a chance to get there yet, but plan to do so."
Mar 21, 2016
lazygenius commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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Hamilton AFB 1954 spur ROW

"IIRC, a friend of mine's dad was retired from the Air Force, and he mentioned a couple of times that the track at the top was an ammunition car track, and curved around the hill so as to prevent damage in case of explosions. Can anyone…"
Mar 21, 2016
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Jenner Jetty 1941

"A small railroad ferried quarried rock from Goat Rock to the Jetty. Cool pictures of the rusted remains were posted."
Feb 11, 2016
Andrew F. Laverdiere posted a photo

Jenner Jetty 1941

If you remember my query about Jenner some time back, I happened to run across a picture of the completed jetty in the September 1941 issue of California Highway and Public Works magazine.
Feb 11, 2016
William "Burr" Wilson commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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San Rafael 1940

"Wow, nice history in this photo! It's surprising to see the West Francisco Blvd. area of San Rafael unblemished by concrete plants and car dealerships. During the early sixties, I recall a spur track crossing highway 101 and running over to the…"
Nov 28, 2015
Andrew F. Laverdiere posted photos
Nov 27, 2015
Andrew F. Laverdiere commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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San Rafael 1940

"I'll post the rest when I get home."
Nov 26, 2015
Dave S. commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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San Rafael 1940

"Andrew:  is the article available on-line?  Can you provide a link? Was this Hetherton St? I assume we are looking south-east, with Cal-Park Hill far in the distance, and the canal behind us in this view. Old photos like this are…"
Nov 26, 2015
Bob Cleek commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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San Rafael 1940

"At that time, the San Rafael Canal ("Creek") was used commercially to bring fuel barges across from the Richmond refineries.  There were tank farms at the west end of the canal all around where the turning basin is now (although at…"
Nov 26, 2015
Andrew F. Laverdiere posted a photo

San Rafael 1940

A view of the future highway as they visioned it in 1940. An article in California Highway and Public Works has an article about a short viaduct under consideration.
Nov 25, 2015
Andrew F. Laverdiere commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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NWP Hamilton Field 2009

"Quite the change."
Apr 16, 2015

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Need advice

Hello all.

One of our members recently applied for work at one of the big railroad companies and you all pitched in with practical advise about how to go about it.

I'm likewise soliciting advice, although my goals are somewhat more modest. My office here in LA is downsizing and I'll be cut free in a few months so its time to start looking for new work.

If possible here in LA, would there be the means of finding railroad work with a smaller operation, a short line…

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Posted on January 5, 2015 at 9:57am — 3 Comments

My long suffering state of Maine and its dilapidated RR system

Hello all. While I don't think anyone here particularly cares about minor railroads in states on the other side of the country, I just have to express my dismay with my old home state and the sorry state of its rail infrastructure, not too dissimilar with that of the NWP not too long ago. Plus, the New England railroad forum that I used to contribute to is defunct thanks to stupid bickering, trolling, poor management and horrible design.…

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:36pm — 17 Comments

History is dangerous

For those of you who have paid attention to my activities since I've been a member, you'll notice that I am an active researcher when I'm investigating abandoned railroads, preferring to go out and see for myself where things used to be. Something I just ran across, just reminded me of how dangerous it is. Seems that back in 2011, a city council member up in Fort Bragg was murdered in cold blood by some pot growers. Before I moved down here, an area that I would have loved to explore for the…

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 2:18pm — 10 Comments

Small minded peasants

Seeing the usual bitching in the letters section of the local papers about Smart seriously has me annoyed as hell. To use cynical and backwards terms like "train to nowhere" (which is retarded on the face of it) is an insult to the many thousands of people who live along the 101 corridor that's going to be effected by it, either directly or indirectly. In reflection of former days when they had to install track in virgin wilderness in which case you can call it a train to nowhere, literally,… Continue

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 8:39pm — 26 Comments

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At 12:16pm on July 16, 2010, Mark Drury said…
Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Andrew! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. I'm adding content daily and am actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

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