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A group for those who are members of or who are interested in the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society.
Dec 14, 2013
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Dec 29, 2010
jbriogrande left a comment for Greg Stras
"Thanks Greg for returning my E-mail. Well, I guess it was not Floyd,...but I remember that most of the crew members were really good men. Wish they still could run to Eureka, but that canyon was just too much. That Island Mountain tunnel and bridge…"
Aug 1, 2010
Greg Stras left a comment for jbriogrande
"JB, comments cut me off. Didn't finish about my uncle, Floyd. You said he smoked a pipe. Well, Floyd always smoked a cigar so maybe that wasn't him. Floyd died last December at 85. He hired out in 1948 and worked until 1986, so he saw the…"
Jul 29, 2010
Greg Stras left a comment for jbriogrande
"JB, Yeah, 1983 was when the SP shut down the north end. All those guys in Eureka came down to the south end to work. I was cut off in Nov. of that year and wasn't called back until April 1987. Saw Darryl Beardall at the NWP lunch about six…"
Jul 29, 2010
jbriogrande left a comment for Greg Stras
"Hey Greg,...ended my railroading in Willits in 1997 as a conductor north. The line was really nothing more than scrap at that time. We put 2,000 tons of rip-rap down one sliding shelf without effect one Sunday afternoon. The line was basically gone…"
Jul 28, 2010
Mark Drury left a comment for Greg Stras
"Greg, I would really like to hear stories and see photos of your time on the NWP, and I'm sure most of the other members on this network would, as well. A number of our other members also worked on the NWP and/or the Eureka Southern, so perhaps…"
Nov 11, 2009
Greg Stras left a comment for Mark Drury
"Howdy, Mark, Thanks for the intro. I was perusing the Net for NWP photos when I came across your site. Very professional. As for me, I worked as a brakeman on the NWP (NoWhere Particular) from 1968 until the SP sold it to a shortline in 1993. I…"
Nov 10, 2009
Mark Drury left a comment for Greg Stras
"P.S. What's the story with the cabooses? Did you work on the NWP or a related line? Sounds interesting, in any case. Mark"
Nov 10, 2009
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Nov 10, 2009
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Nov 10, 2009

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Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
All the cabooses I took naps in.

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At 12:16am on August 1, 2010, jbriogrande said…
Thanks Greg for returning my E-mail. Well, I guess it was not Floyd,...but I remember that most of the crew members were really good men. Wish they still could run to Eureka, but that canyon was just too much. That Island Mountain tunnel and bridge certainly was a special place. I remember doing between 30 and 35 mph along parts of the canyon in better times with a 100 plus car train. Well,...time marches on. Passed by the Petaluma swingspan tonight and noted that the approach signals are all lit. Track looks good.....my only question right now is where in the heck is any traffic going to originate? Guess FRA will inspect right of way soon to get things rolling for future operations. We'll see what happens. Thanks again for your postings!
At 9:44pm on July 28, 2010, jbriogrande said…
Hey Greg,...ended my railroading in Willits in 1997 as a conductor north. The line was really nothing more than scrap at that time. We put 2,000 tons of rip-rap down one sliding shelf without effect one Sunday afternoon. The line was basically gone in hundreds of spots. I think I met Floyd, when my sis and I were hopping a boxcar in Schellville to ride up to Eureka. I believe he was smoking a pipe when we passed him in the yard, and he held the highball until we had climbed aboard. Really nice guy. Great trip north to Willits, then backtracked to Healdsburg to catch the next one north. We met Darrell in the depot and he showed us the cut to be picked up. Those were the days back in 1983 I believe it was, ....and you guys came in right on time, with 4 SD9's and 3 SD-40's, and 2 of em were UP's. We had a pretty long list of empties leaving Healdsburg at about 10:30 pm. Met the southbound just north of the winery on the siding.
Enjoyed the work, ...but knew only too well what was going to happen. Randy Peterson, the hogger from Ft. Bragg got his foot pinched between coupler and drawbar, and two other guys got slammed by those runaway units in Willits. That was long after I pulled the pin for good. Guess I just got lucky.
At 10:29am on November 11, 2009, Mark Drury said…
Greg, I would really like to hear stories and see photos of your time on the NWP, and I'm sure most of the other members on this network would, as well. A number of our other members also worked on the NWP and/or the Eureka Southern, so perhaps I or someone should create a group for "Former NWP Employees" or what have you. Again, very glad to have you on the network! Regards,

Mark D.
At 4:36pm on November 10, 2009, Mark Drury said…
P.S. What's the story with the cabooses? Did you work on the NWP or a related line? Sounds interesting, in any case.

Mark
At 3:22pm on November 10, 2009, Mark Drury said…
Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Greg! 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. Also, if you have a second, can you let me know how you found out about the NWP network? Regards,

Mark Drury
 
 
 

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