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Santa Fe Passenger Car? northbound on 4/24/14
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I apologize if this is old news. I haven't logged into this site in over a year. Good to see lots of activity. It's 7:52pm and I can hear the horns in downtown SR from my kitchen table. Awesome.I was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David L ILLICH Apr 26, 2014.

NWPRR.NET Adopt-a-Highway sign?
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Hi all. There are lots of available "adopt-a-highway" signs on 101, 37 or 121. If we had enough interest we could sign up for the program and get NWPRR.NET on the sign which might bring some extra…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by HUTCH 7.62 Jun 9, 2012.

Existing Locomotives and/or Current "Roster"
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I've been wondering how many actual locomotives are still lingering at points along the line. I suppose the term "roster" isn't exactly the proper term to use, but I would like to see a list of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zachary M. Toler Feb 21, 2012.

Name That Locomotive, part 2.
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Does anyone know the history of this NVR unit #62? For the last two weeks I've been working across the street from the NVR yard and I notice they use her as a switcher to push #72 and 73 around…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chad Gustafson Feb 12, 2012.


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NWP 1922 must have been up to something today? 4/26/2012

My daily commute takes me through Schellville and in the mornings I go through pretty early so 1922 and the Red Bandit are usually just sitting quietly in their cage. On the way home in the afternoon I always look to see if 2009 is out and about and sometimes she is back in the cage but facing north instead of south (I assume she turns around at the Novato "Y"? Please forgive my novice terminology if I'm incorrect). I haven't seen 1922 move from the back of the cage in a long time but this…


Posted on April 26, 2012 at 8:40pm — 8 Comments

CFNR Train Service Job Opening

It looks like the CFNR has an opening for conductor/engineer. Posted on 2/14/12. Simply choose California as the search parameter and it will come up.




Posted on February 19, 2012 at 5:53am

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At 10:46am on May 19, 2012, Gary E. McCourt said…

Hi Isaac, I'm actually near Davenport, CA. I live in Santa Cruz. I lived in Marin and Sonoma Counties til '88. Both my son and I have great memories of waiting for the Eureka bound Pool Freights, when we lived in Rohnert Park. The days of 100 car-plus trains !!

At 11:01pm on November 5, 2011, powerpawsnw said…
Should have said that the wreck occurred on dry land downhill toward Willits. The units had gone "on spot" at Summit after bringing the 1st section of about 20+ cars uphill and were resting in the heel of the Summit siding when their air brakes bled off for then-mysterious reasons. Normally one man was to stay in the cab of the lead unit on a descending grade, but the crew was running habitually and in a too-relaxed state that night. Everybody was on the ballast while the conductor was calling the F.B. office (at a lineside phone shack) for authorizatation to go back down to Shake City for the last half of the consist.  The head-end brakeman tried to get to the lead unit when he saw the trio starting to roll downhill and even tho' he "big holed" the auto air brakes handle in the 52 there was no response (faulty system was the inspected result). He tried applying the manual brake wheels in 52 and 51 but momentum+grade+rain-slicked rails overcame the brake shoes. He bailed off the rear end of 54 and broke his shoulder, cracked ribs...landing in the ballast. About 5 mins later he heard the terrible crash as the units heeled out of sight into a sidehill, the 54 (trailing unit) telescoping the cab of the 51 (middle). 52 broke loose in  the mayhem and plowed its cab end into the sidehill. None really got far offfthe tracks. But it was still a bad mess. The derailment lasted at least 1/2mile and badly wracked the trackage, enough to shut the line down for 2 days.
At 10:51pm on November 5, 2011, powerpawsnw said…

How best toput it? I guess that I'm the de facto CWR and FBRR + ULCpo historian. I've spent chunks of the last 30+ years researching and writing the three companies' definitive histories as a book manuscript, working title Redwood Trilogy. I more or less spent every August from 1963-1974 at a cabin m fols rented hard by the CWR tracks at MP 8.8 (right up the road was MP 9.0 "Ranch").


That said, I also used to work for CA state RR Museum (before moving to Portland OR 11 years ago) in the research, exhibits and library-collection departments, and then at CA State Archives.  Lots of good material in both institutions if you know how to dig.

The bad wreck happened 5/8s of a mile below Summit after midnight...exact date escapes me off the top of my head tho' I have all the data on file at home (not there right now).  Like a lot of fans, I initially assumed the remaining wreckage tossed down below the wreck site was evidence of a very bad, high speed wreck. Not so. CWR M of W people got lazy (as they tended to do) and pitched stuff they should have put in the reclaimable scrap lot down the hillside below grade. So still downhill below the wreck site is the racked cab of S-12 No.54 and bunch of smaller hardware including handrail segments, etc.


Back in Feb 1970, 1 month after the wreck, I persuaded a Sacramento pal to drive several of us up to Willits where we "inspected" the carcasses of units 51, 52 and 54 sitting 1/4 mile out of sight below the NWP depot. They were a major mess, heartbreaking, really. Little did I know then that the ex-McCRRR RS-12s were already on their way north to the CWR under lease. Their arrival and subsequent purchase healed the wounds of the losses! Alas, not all such wonderful things last forever...more's the pity.

At 1:05pm on November 1, 2011, Mark Drury said…
Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Isaac! 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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