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Kevin Bunker
  • Fort Bragg, CA
  • United States

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Kevin Bunker commented on Chad Gustafson's blog post Good News for the Skunk in the Press Democrat
Aug 2, 2016
Kevin Bunker commented on Chad Gustafson's blog post Good News for the Skunk in the Press Democrat
"Follow-up to my comments about the state of the Skunk Train on its west end. Last February, in high windy rainstorms, the empty redwood water tank here collapsed; I had expected that although I was surprised the base frame didn't go, too. The…"
Aug 2, 2016
Kevin Bunker commented on Chad Gustafson's blog post Good News for the Skunk in the Press Democrat
"An update to this, although the news I have is over a month or two old. Local public radio KZYX-FM ran a news story that the City of Willits turned the Skunk Train/Sierra Entertainment Corp down in their bid to acquire the land and structure they…"
Aug 2, 2016
Kevin Bunker replied to Emilio Galo's discussion NWP: End of the Line (Is this railroad too far gone for help?)
"It's always a matter of money -- or to put it bluntly, capital.  And will.  There's neither of both, sorry to say.  Perhaps an isolated north end shorter version, but I fully don't expect, at 61, to live long enough to…"
Aug 2, 2016
Kevin Bunker posted a status
"Good news for HO NWP modelers: The same company is about to deliver O Scale versions."
Aug 2, 2016
Kevin Bunker posted a photo

Mendocino Beacon story copying The SF Call - 1889

An early (1889) speculative news story about how hungry Eureka and Humboldt Bay people were to have a railroad before the NWP coalesced, and well before the Santa Fe got interested in acquiring railroad properties around Humboldt Bay. Noting came of…
Jul 10, 2016
Kevin Bunker posted a status
"I'll post a snapshot in "My Photos" of one of the more interesting SF&NP Ukiah extension stories as featured in the Mendocino Beacon."
Jul 10, 2016
Kevin Bunker posted a status
"I've been sleuthing for 1880s news stories on Fort Bragg and local history. In 1888-89 the SF&NP pushed its line to Ukiah from Cloverdale."
Jul 10, 2016
Kevin Bunker commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Spectacular modeling, guy! You've very well captured the feel and looks of Scotia Bluffs, that stretch of the Eel and the railroad."
Jul 10, 2016
Kevin Bunker commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Their largest 2-truck Heisler was the former, final Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods RR Heisler.  It's still on display at Scotia, I believe.  It was an oil-burner like all other TPLCo steam power of the 20th century, so that diamond…"
Feb 24, 2016
Kevin Bunker replied to Nick Lorusso's discussion Train 3 & 4 in the group Modelers
"Nick -- a segment extracted from my working manuscript on the history of the Union Lumber Company and its California Western Railroad: "With California PUC’s approval the new train made its first run on June 2, 1956 the same date that…"
Feb 23, 2016
Kevin Bunker commented on Kevin Bunker's status
"The NWP narrow gauge shut down in stages beginning in the 1920s and was completely abandoned by 1929.  The two cabooses (both very different) were retired and their bodies sold -- to different parties -- by circa 1930.  The 5591 (former…"
Jan 20, 2016
Kevin Bunker posted a status
"Continuing to guide the full restoration of NWP narrow gauge caboose 5591, henceforth reverting to its c.1912 number, 6101."
Jan 20, 2016
Mike Cook commented on Kevin Bunker's photo

Ranch - What Passes for Good Track - "Sierra Railroad Management Style"

"That's why it's so imperative the NWP gets reopened to Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Ukiah, Redwood Valley and WIllits ASAP!! Freight plans are up for Willits when the line gets back open to Willits. As far as the passenger operations on the…"
May 18, 2015
Kevin Bunker commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"I can almost hear those 44-tonners' GE-Westinghouse traction motors whining! Great modeling, Mitch."
May 3, 2015
Kevin Bunker posted a status
"Meanwhile, no passenger train service out of Fort Bragg. Willits to Northspur only at this time."
Apr 15, 2015

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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
Formerly here as PowerPawsNW ~ just changed email address
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
NWP n.g. caboose No. 6101

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NWP Narrow Gauge caboose No. 6101 at Ardenwood

Howdy, all.

I'm sending this out as an update on the ongoing restoration of the NWP narrow gauge caboose at The Railroad Museum at Ardenwood, in Fremont, CA.

When we accepted this caboose from California State Railroad Museum back in 2007, we knew it was going to need a lot of work.  The peculiar 1968-69 "restoration" -- really a heroic renovation -- done by Bethlehem Steel's San Francisco shipyard crew kept the car from falling apart but introduced dozen of…


Posted on December 17, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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At 3:26am on December 13, 2014, Richard Todd said…

Kevin, just a quick now to say "YOUR BAAAAACK". Kevin, alias power saw, has been missed. Your pictures of the caboose are great! Mysteries to be solved. Very different than working in HO!

Richard Todd 

At 12:33pm on December 12, 2014, Robert Hogan said…

Welcome Kevin!  Good to have you on this list.

Bob Hogan


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