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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 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.…"
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…"
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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Schellville, 2018-04-07, GGRM Construction

""NCRA dissolution bill will transfer NCRA owned easements, track all other property to SMART ownership. Any contracts, obligations and debts will be void. Fingers crossed SMART will maintain NWPCo as the freight operator in order to save…"
May 24
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART awarded AGAIN-$21 M from Calif State to extend to Windsor
"Heard about this from SMART GM this morning. The grant to extend to Winsor was for $20M. This amount, I presume, is necessary because SMART will have to lay new CWR and concrete ties and the entire length of ROW will require PTC (positive train…"
Apr 27
Bob Cleek commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"NCRA doesn't need to be dissolved. It needs to be FUNDED. The legislature created it and then Deukmejian vetoed it's funding. I don't understand how the State of California can be making the huge commitment it is to…"
Apr 23
Bob Cleek commented on Dave S.'s photo

Schellville, 2018-04-07, GGRM Construction

"BTW, wasn't it reported that somebody pulled permits for a huge warehouse complex right around there with sidings and all?"
Apr 9
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Schellville, 2018-04-07, GGRM Construction

""... will not be publicized at the request of the railroads..."  I guess they don't want mobs of railfans and photographers all over their ROWs taking pictures of the GGRM's steam engine running on tracks that may never see…"
Apr 9
Bob Cleek commented on Chad Glover's status
"Female adult struck by train around 7:36 AM at Hearn Avenue (Santa Rosa) grade crossing. According to Santa Rosa Press Democrat, witness reported victim knew train was approaching and the train blew its horn, but she failed to move off the…"
Jan 31
Bob Cleek replied to Ian B.'s discussion A question to all the experienced modelers out there in the group Modelers
"For openers, you may want to reconsider using brass tubing. It will tend to kink if you try to work sharp bends into it without using a form. (Just like full-size conduit.) Plain copper wire works well. Strip the insulation off some appropriately…"
Jan 31
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

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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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