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Ian B.
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Why did NWP by TCRY 007?
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I've seen this unit sitting in Schellville for quite some time (since around 2014) and was wondering why NWP bought it. It has no horn, it isn't PTC equipped, although it probably runs considering…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fred Haines Dec 24, 2017.

Possible customers in the north?
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I noticed the faint remains of a spur near Cloverdale headed into All-Coast Forest Products. Considering that the mill is still outputting lumber, could it be considered a customer in the future when…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Muller Dec 24, 2017.

Best time to photograph/see NWP operations?
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I know that the NWP doesnt operate 7 days a week (I've heard 3 days only) but what days are those and at what time do they run? I need to get out and see some action with 1501 and 2009.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian B. Nov 1, 2017.


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Ian B. updated their profile photo
Aug 10
Fred Waldsmith commented on Ian B.'s video

NWP in 1993 Last of the SP Days

"It only became illegal when UPRR took over....we got a LOT on trains built kicking cars."
Jun 11
Ian B. commented on Fred P Hanes's photo

TCRY 007

"At the moment, 007 is sitting in the storage line at the end of the Schellville branch with 1922. Since the advent of SMART, neither 1922 nor 007 have PTC, so they have been largely using 2009 and 1501. 007 also lacks a horn and ditchlights."
May 2
Jennifer commented on Ian B.'s status
"Absolutely!  :-)"
Apr 10
Ian B. posted a status
"I have a few caboose detail shots of an SP caboose; would anyone be interested in seeing them?"
Apr 10
Ian B. commented on Ian B.'s blog post Baldwin Road Switchers (SP only)
"MU means Multiple Unit Control. It is a way of controlling multiple engines at once. EMD, ALCo, GE, Baldwin, and Fairbanks Morse all use the term "MU" to denote whether or not a unit can control a second unit behind (or in front of) it. MU…"
Mar 25
Richard C. Brand commented on Ian B.'s blog post Baldwin Road Switchers (SP only)
"Ian: You use the acronym "MU" frequently but don't explain reference connotation.  What is  MU?"
Mar 25
Ian B. posted a blog post

Baldwin Road Switchers (SP only)

At least a few of these visited the NWP, so I compiled this info on them. (Also: If anyone knows how to reach My Espee Modeller's Archive, I would be more than willing to send them this info. I have tried, but it never reaches through their email.)(MU means Multiple Unit Control)SP AS-616:Delivered in two batches, 5228-5249 and 5250-5278.The first order is distinguishable by the cast frame instead of welded frame; the side sills are smaller than other units. They came equipped with dynamics,…See More
Mar 25
Ian B. commented on Emilio Galo's blog post Could reopening the line between Cloverdale and Redwood Valley be less expensive?
"I mean, if Sierra Northern is willing to put money into restoring trackage from Willits southward to meet at Redwood Valley, its entirely possible. Freight from Willits could travel southward again, and all the old equipment stranded at Willits…"
Mar 21
Dan Whitton commented on Ian B.'s blog post The SD7's
"Awesome. Here are helpful resources with renumberings, walkarounds,…"
Mar 9
Dave S. commented on Ian B.'s blog post NWP #1922 today
"Mr. Muller: Here are some views of 1922 from member Mike Davis.  Not nighttime, but…"
Feb 14
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Feb 13
Ian B. replied to Dave S.'s discussion California's Lumber Shortline Railroads (America Through Time)
"I have it; absolutely fantastic! A very definitive history of the NWP and A&MR. 100% worth a buy."
Feb 12
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Garry's Mod NWP

Pictures of my NWP locomotive fleet in Garry's Mod.
Feb 7
Ian B. commented on Chad Glover's status
"Wow. Things sure happen fast in small town counties. I wonder how they're going to deal with suicides in the future, 24/7 monitoring of crossing (like what Richard said)? My condolences."
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

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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
From some Google searching for the NWP.
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
NWP 112 and the Caddilacs

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Baldwin Road Switchers (SP only)

At least a few of these visited the NWP, so I compiled this info on them. 

(Also: If anyone knows how to reach My Espee Modeller's Archive, I would be more than willing to send them this info. I have tried, but it never reaches through their email.)

(MU means Multiple Unit Control)

SP AS-616:

Delivered in two batches, 5228-5249 and 5250-5278.…


Posted on March 25, 2018 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

The SD7's

I gathered as much information about the SD7's as I could. What I have is here.

Used up and down the NWP until about 1970. The beloved Caddilacs replaced these on the system until SP closed up shop. All were used as road switchers from Eureka to San Francisco. They operated up and down the line until they were shoved to switching service in SP's West Colton, Taylor, Roseville and Eugene yards. There is but one exception to this, however...

These are the units I identified from…


Posted on January 11, 2018 at 12:16pm — 4 Comments

NWP #1922 today

It has come to my attention that 1922 hasnt been seen for a while on the main. I found this photo of 1922, 007 and 1971 sitting in the deadline at Schellville. Why is she there? Are they storing her until GGRM shows up? (I believe that is 4436 coupled to 1922.) This photo is from June, 2017.…


Posted on October 25, 2017 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

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At 7:08pm on July 27, 2017, Mark Drury said…

Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Ian! 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,

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