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Share your news about the Golden Gate Railroad Museum's move to Schellville.
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I'm not sure if it's really been discussed here much, but a quick review of local railroad related social media sites reveals that the Golden Gate Railroad Museum, late of temporary residence at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Cleek Aug 25, 2017.

SMART "Chewbacca car" numbering system questions?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Atnip Apr 8, 2015.

Semi carrying old trucks in Novato?
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Last night around seven, I saw a flatbed semi parked by Shamrock on Redwood Boulevard in Novato carrying two old-looking sets of trucks last night.  Looks like they were destined to be put underneath…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by HUTCH 7.62 Nov 23, 2014.

Anybody remember UK train visiting Sausalito in Late '60's or early '70's.
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This has been bugging me for some time, although it is really relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of life.I have a recollection of a British passenger train, which for some reason I remember…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Cleek Jan 29, 2014.


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Bob Cleek replied to Dave S.'s discussion Fire Near SMART Fulton Operations Center
"Yes, but it's not actively burning there. That area burned early Monday morning, probably around 1:00 or 2:00 AM, I believe. Accurate, reliable, information is really hard to get up here. Ordinary communications are down I wide areas. No…"
Oct 11, 2017
Bob Cleek replied to Carl O'Connor's discussion Could NWP be vital in rebuilding santa Rosa??
"Does anybody know if there's any damage to the Schellville yard? Stornetta's Dairy (now planted in grapes, but with the headquarters still on either side of the highway,) burned to the ground. I have no information on where the firestorm…"
Oct 10, 2017
Bob Cleek commented on Michael Barron's status
"No. Sorry, but you asked. The bridge at Larkspur is cut off now that the trestle over Sir Francis Drake Boulevard was removed. The turn-around switching and siding space for a terminus is non-existent and it's highly unlikely that SMART is…"
Sep 24, 2017
Bob Cleek commented on Chad Glover's status
"Their FB page, as of May, they were attaching ID plates and getting ready for brake testing before final inspections for the move, but no posts since."
Sep 14, 2017
Bob Cleek commented on Richard Todd's status
"Amen to that! I started following FB because there were people I know on there and interesting groups. (I do recommend the Market Street Railway Group, though. FB just way too full of advertisements and…"
Sep 8, 2017
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART extension to Larkspur SMART fan, Nippn Sharyo fann
"I also may be wrong, but I believe the boarding platforms do indeed provide minimum clearance for all standard rail equipment. The gauntlet track set-offs north of the Wye are required by safety regulations only where freight traffic is operated.…"
Sep 4, 2017
Bob Cleek replied to Bob Cleek's discussion Share your news about the Golden Gate Railroad Museum's move to Schellville.
"Wow! That's some great news. They've got space to build temporary space and an engine house at Schellville and work is starting now. Presently awaiting FRA inspection of rolling stock and clearance for the "Shellville Special" to…"
Aug 25, 2017
Nico replied to Bob Cleek's discussion Share your news about the Golden Gate Railroad Museum's move to Schellville.
"Some new-ish updates if anyone is interested:"
Aug 24, 2017
Paul Rice replied to Bob Cleek's discussion Share your news about the Golden Gate Railroad Museum's move to Schellville.
"Does anyone know how things are coming along with the move to the NWP. With all the tank cars down there I cant see any room for more storage. I cant wait to see this happen.Thanks"
Jul 29, 2017
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion New Windsor brewery new NWP customer?
"Can somebody explain to a semi-train-literate why a full-fledged PTC switch that costs a million bucks is required for a turnout or spur that will only be used when the SMART system is not operating? It seems like there should be a…"
Jun 30, 2017
Bob Cleek replied to Sean Purtell's discussion Live Steam
"Well, it doesn't look like the rolling stock comes with it. It was originally listed for $2.9M, then reduced to $2.475M and Zillow values it at a FMV of $1.278M. I think the owners have Bay Area real estate values in mind, not the boonies in…"
Jun 10, 2017
Bob Cleek replied to James Caestecker's discussion SMART Releases new Website
"Well, there's some advantage to being an old phart ! It looks like the Senior Clipper Card (over age 65) gets you half-price fares. "
Jun 7, 2017
Bob Cleek commented on Robert Hogan's photo

2 CP&LT #101 PLA-8

"Given the scenery, it's surprising nobody's turned it into some kind of tourist excursion operation.  it seems ready-made for a shay and a bunch of logging flat cars converted to passenger carriers."
May 30, 2017

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Serious RR collection on Craigslist

I tripped over this new ad on Craigslist.  It looks like a very serious RR collection is being liquidated.  Perhaps some of the collectors in here might be interested.

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 6:27pm

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At 4:03pm on January 16, 2014, Robert Hogan said…

Alan Pegler's  ex-LNE Flying Scotsman 4-6-2 and a British passenger train (8 cars I think) steamed down through central California on the Western Pacific and into Oakland on September 27, 1971.  This was the end of a national tour for the train.

The Flying Scotsman and train then operated a three car passenger train along the San Francisco embarcadero on the S.F. Belt Railway during the spring of 1972.  Perhaps this is what is remembered.  Ultimately the entire train was pulled back to Stockton on the WP and placed in storage at the Army Supply base.  Later the "Flying Scotsman" locomotive, a famous and well-loved steamer in the UK, was returned to the UK and remains in steam there to this day.

Hope this helps!

Bob Hogan

At 5:00pm on July 3, 2012, Mark Drury said…

Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Bob! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. We're adding content daily and actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury


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