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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 Richard C. Brand's discussion Keep freight and NWP alive on the RoW
"I think we are on the same page, Chad. I'd add a couple of observations, since this all speculation on our parts anyhow. It's likely many customers who were no longer using their turnouts had entered into long-term contracts with…"
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion Keep freight and NWP alive on the RoW
"I have been told by SMART's General Manager that SMART is strongly committed to preserving and expanding freight rail on their ROW and, knowing him personally, I have no reason to doubt his word. There's lots of money and government…"
Bob Cleek replied to Paul Gardner's discussion Great Redwood Trail
"I'd say the Eel River Canyon is more like Appalachia than the Wild West. We're talking "Deliverance" Country, with dope growers instead of moonshiners. Relatively few people engage in extended wilderness hiking and when they do,…"
Oct 4
Bob Cleek replied to Richard Sotelo's discussion California SB-1029 has a better than 50/50 chance to pass this year
"I don't know what the NCRA board has said about SB-1029, but I'll bet they are all thinking, "Better them than us!" The NCRA did a masterful job of keeping things on "life support" for many years without a dime from…"
Oct 3
Bob Cleek replied to Richard Sotelo's discussion California SB-1029 has a better than 50/50 chance to pass this year
"I believe I read that the State already recently gave SMART a grant ($200K ?) to do preliminary planning for an eastward expansion to connect with the Capitol Corridor line. This is part of the planning to resolve the pressing issues of the Highway…"
Oct 3
Bob Cleek replied to Richard Sotelo's discussion California SB-1029 has a better than 50/50 chance to pass this year
"I also expect that spurs will be an issue for SMART. It's not like they can just throw down a manual switch and be done with it. They'd probably have to integrate each spur into their ATC system. And SMART probably wants to minimize…"
Oct 2
Bob Cleek replied to James Bradley, Jr.'s discussion What Railroad Is This?
"Is this the private hobby railroad that was created by Walt Disney's friend and/or employee years ago? I don't have my copy of the book handy, but there is a standard gauge private "layout" in Sonoma written up in the book on…"
Oct 1
Bob Cleek replied to Richard Sotelo's discussion California SB-1029 has a better than 50/50 chance to pass this year
"I haven't delved into the specific legalities of this new legislation, but my gut tells me NWP Co. isn't going to turn loose of its contract for four million bucks. NWP Co. cut their deal with NCRA when nobody else would touch it. Now that…"
Oct 1
Bob Cleek replied to HUTCH 7.62's discussion Fire train fights Delta Fire
"As Hooper said to Captain Quint in Jaws, "I think you're gonna need a bigger train!""
Sep 11
Bob Cleek commented on Nico's status
"Actually, I believe this was actually the first fatality for SMART, although there have been a couple of other collisions. One too many, in any event. The latest police report is that this was believed to be a suicide.…"
Aug 13
Bob Cleek commented on Emilio Galo's blog post Could reopening the line between Cloverdale and Redwood Valley be less expensive?
"None of it is far-fetched at all. If the State of California would invest in maintaining its rail infrastructure but a small fraction of what it spends on highways on a mile for mile proportion, the ROW all the way to Arcata could be functioning and…"
Aug 13
Bob Cleek commented on Carl O'Connor's status
"Stony Point quarry on Stony Point Road in Cotati is crushing all the firestorm foundations concrete rubble into highway building material and has had a huge pile of "raw material" on site since the work began. It appears they may not…"
Jun 29
Bob Cleek commented on David L ILLICH's status
"Big one? There's only six apparent empties at Buirdell siding. Where are the rest hiding?"
May 31

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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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