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James McElroy
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • United States

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Steve Atnip
I began teaching with Shoreline Unified in 1977 and worked for several years with Steve Atnip's wife at Bodega Bay School. Steve and I both attended Drake High (San Anselmo) at the same time, but we were in different classes.
I retired from teaching at Tomales High in June of 2009, but I am returning to help with the educational outreach program at the Tomales Regional History Center. The week of May 17th I'll be presenting to the 4th graders of both West Marin and Tomales Elementary Schools. On May 11th I made a film to use as a visual aid, following the route of the North Pacific Coast Railroad from Cazadero to the Hyde Street Pier, chronicling what I know (not too much!) and filming the various relics of that railroad along its path.
Steve got wind of my video project via my Facebook page and suggested that the NWPRR Network might be a resource for this and future projects of mine. He hoped that I might also be a resource to your group as well. I'm keen to try an affiliation.

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At 2:53pm on May 25, 2010, Jim Harville said…
Yes, James, Monte Rio was a stop on the Guerneville branch of the NWP. It was originally part of the narrow gauge railroad network in the bay area.

Monte Rio was the junction between the San Francisco & North Pacific Railway working it's way west from Fulton, and the North Pacific Coast Railroad coming north from San Anselmo. There were numerous short branch lines serving the area, most being abandoned or converted to broad gauge by the 20's. By 1930 the stretch between Point Reyes and Monte Rio had been abandoned, and by '35 the link to Fulton was gone as well.

The time frame you mention would be a great period to model, with much of the trackage being dual gauge, and plenty of passenger traffic! Sorry I can't give you any info about the specific resorts you mention. Most of what I know is directly out of Fred Stindt's wonderful book on the NWP.

Your pictures are great! I will probably build a small 'micro-layout' of a Japanese narrow gauge one of these days! Welcome to the NWP Network, and good luck with your research.
At 9:34pm on May 10, 2010, Mark Drury said…
Welcome to the NWPRR Network, James! 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. Regards,

Mark Drury

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