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new or updated spurs
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At the NCRA December 10 meeting, Jake Park was quoted as saying "we are currently updating spur into the facility".  That was nearly two months ago, and I haven't seen anything. Maybe I am not…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Donahue Fan Feb 4, 2015.

NWP LOCOMOTIVE FLEET
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Several years ago Novato threatened NCRA with a lawsuit, NWP negotiated and the result was the Novato Consent Decree which NCRA agreed to and thereafter continued their pursuit of railroad…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael H Harrison Feb 17, 2014.

 

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Jim McCarter commented on Michael H Harrison's status
"I know steam locomotives were loaded with asbestos, but I don't know of asbestos used on the diesels.  If so, what for except maybe ones with steam boilers for passenger.  Regardless, seeing it on the ground and hanging off…"
Jul 16, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on Chad Gustafson's video
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The Skunk Train - PBS Special

"Chad   Thanks for finding and posting.   Also thanks for the photos from your adventure with Jason at Healdsburg and Geyserville.  Keeps us moles kinda up to speed with whats going on up north of Windsor. Thanks again"
Jul 6, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on Andrew Roth's video
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Late June NWP Runs Plus SMART DMUs and The Nascar Express

"Andrew     Very good video.     Quite long and a lot of good scenes...     Thank you very much .  Notice the horns on the DMU's are still sounding funny    "
Jul 6, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on Eugene Maxwell's blog post Prior to accommodate the LACMA in Los Angeles
"JB   I was just trying to be funny.  You didn't offend me at all   I agree with what you said, although I think you and I could have put it in railroad language but we would get kicked off this site  …"
Jul 3, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on Eugene Maxwell's blog post Prior to accommodate the LACMA in Los Angeles
"JB    Little insensitive there!!!   lol"
Jul 3, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on Eugene Maxwell's blog post A small selection of dresses for bridesmaid
"wow    this guy makes my babble look real good..."
Jun 28, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on Chad Gustafson's photo
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Healdsburg - June 2015

"While you guys were up there, did you see any signs of NWP getting to Healdsburg, hopefully soon?"
Jun 28, 2015
Jim McCarter replied to Carl O'Connor's discussion 8th st east Sonoma Future
"I just don't remember any details of the wine, but you have to be right.  I only remember that my dad had a 36 inch Stillson pipe wrench that he would use sometimes on the fuel tank car. He would be asked to go to Sebastiani because tank…"
Jun 27, 2015
Jim McCarter replied to Carl O'Connor's discussion 8th st east Sonoma Future
"hi Bob       You might recall that Sebastiani also shipped wine by tank car.  I would have thought tank car shipments would have been for less premium wine.  Maybe Ripple??  How go the battles in Reno?"
Jun 26, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on James Bradley, Jr.'s photo
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New Switch & Signals - Petaluma

"Hey Jason     If you are talking about the old "track" that leads to behind the depot and old yard team track.  If you are talking about the old "rail" I have no clue.  See you at Graeagle this year?"
Jun 3, 2015
Jim McCarter and J. Sebastien are now friends
May 29, 2015
Jim McCarter replied to Carl O'Connor's discussion Auto racks on the NWP??
"My father told me they used to unload cars from boxcars onto the freight dock in Sonoma in the mid 50's.  I asked Paul Norrbom who is the grandson of the Sonoma Chevrolet dealer  about that, and he said he had pictures somewhere of…"
Mar 28, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on Ben Margherone's photo
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Old Haystack

"Ben   Thanks for the photos   good catch"
Mar 24, 2015
Jim McCarter commented on Richard Todd's photo
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SP 5280 in better times

"Ooohhhh, those were the days!!!   Thank you for posting. And yes, the big MARS light as I remembered "
Mar 4, 2015

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At 3:52pm on March 2, 2013, Bob Burns said…

Yep I sure did get it and have acopy of it in my wallet! Thanks for that effort!!! They say winter is coming back to the Sierras, so I don't know how long before I can get down that way. Probably April or late May, I think the road to Wingo opens Memorial Day. Mid May we have to be in Las Vegas for our duaghters graduation from Med school, FINALLY!! :-) Anyway when I get down there I'd like to meet Gary Kiser, never met him and anybody else that would have memories of my Grandparent place, Neumans in Schellville. I remember Mike Kiser, he was a year ahead of me in school, telling me back in the mid 60's they had a bunch of old cars, trucks and tractors on the old home place, but I never got out there either. Mike had yard care business in school and drove an old 38 or 39 Dodge humpback panel truck with dead two tone paint, green on top, black on the bottom. I've never seen another one.

 

At 5:19pm on February 27, 2013, Jordan said…

Yes there is a senority roster. I have yet to hear of a railroad that doesn't have one. I'm very low in senority, hence my looking into jumping to Amtrak.

At 8:49pm on February 20, 2013, Ron Close said…

OK Jim, time will tell how the switches and spurs play out between Ely and Corona Rds.

Ron

At 7:57pm on February 19, 2013, Jordan said…

I don't spend a whole lot of time at it. Working for the railroad, I hardly have the time.

Didn't see your comment from December, so sorry for the late reply. Anyway, six axle units are actually much better when it comes to switching, it's just that a lot of yards have poor track conditions which is why switchers have historically tended to be four axle units. Notice how in hump yards, where tracks tend to be more cared for, it's usually six axle units doing the switching.

In regards to my comment, I was considering jumping to Amtrak at the time, but decided not to take the pay cut and stay with freight.

At 8:39am on February 19, 2013, jbriogrande said…

 Howdy Jim......No hoghead jobs up here, eh?  Still have a lot of folks laid off from cuts last three years due to the economy.  It looks like it is coming back slowly, and the grain contracts are improving somewhat.  Containers are steady, and some merchandise running.  .....Kamloops is up on the high desert area of B.C...  Good place to hang, but it gets hot in summer.  Take it easy.......

At 9:03pm on February 18, 2013, jbriogrande said…

 Yes.....well.....Kamloops is where I am in B.C.  Sonoma is a great place to drink wine.....and I was with the wineries a while, then in healthcare in Sonoma Co.  Canada is a peaceful place and the high desert surrounding Kamloops is in my nature.  Always liked the NWP, and worked for them back in the late 90's before the collapse.  Now I hang around the old CP Rail most of the time, and the rockies area.

At 7:23pm on February 18, 2013, Richard A Custer said…

Yes Jim I model railroad in HO scale, I have no room to run my HO trains, but I buy and store for the time being, hoping to build a layout some day, I guess after all my kids move out.

At 2:27pm on February 4, 2013, Alan D Nelson said…

Jim, I agree that things are looking hopeful for spur tracks in that area. don't know if Lagunitas does enough volume to make use of rail shipping but it is nice to know it might be there if they or Adobe Creek might be able to use it.  Alan

At 7:40pm on February 1, 2013, Alan D Nelson said…

Jim, there is one more possibility on the North side of Santa Rosa. There is a spur track right next to the wharehouse building that's located just south of the Piner Rd. crossing and the tracks are still there.  Alan

At 4:20pm on February 1, 2013, Alan D Nelson said…

Jim, I went on a recon mission this afternoon. Of the 4 spur tracks between Sebastopol Rd. and Todd Rd. NONE are currently connected to the main.  The one on the east side of the track located at the dead end of Talmadge has been completely ripped out, no evidence that it ever existed but I know it was there and saw it with my own eyes less than 1 year ago. The one that might service the garbage company ( located just south of Robles Av. grade crossing) appears to be the one best suited to being re-installed and might be the only one with the possibility of being used In the near future. That's all I've got just wanted to let you know.  Alan

 
 
 

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