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Books, DVDs, and VHS tapes focused on the NWP and other Redwood Empire railroads.
Aug 14
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"The Sears catalog store was in the former Fitzpatricks building (the big white one) but actually it was still vacant at the time. So teh Sears truck is not quite right. The short brick building with the tin shed (now a restaurant!) was a Salvation…"
Aug 6
Jennifer commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"I wondered if Little Hill was more toward Western Av.  I noted also the Sears panel truck; I recall a sears catalog store down at that end.  I really love the gas meters and various patches on the structures.  So many interesting…"
Aug 6
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Of course some modeler's license - I moved Little Hill out of position to fill a gap further down. Don't think I had ran into anyone that had actually eaten there before!"
Aug 5
Thomas Beutel commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Beautiful work Ed. It really captures the essence of Water Street. Well done! "
Aug 5
Jennifer commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"WOW! Ed, those are absolutely fantastic.  Makes me think of the 1970s.  Wonderful and enchanting!  The Little Hill too... I can see, in my mind, the platters of pasta, porkchops, polenta and bread at lunch. Thanks!  :-)"
Aug 5
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Hi Gang, Posted this on Facebook page as well but I wanted to make sure I distributed these to anyone who might be interested. Just competed, finally, a long project of depicting Petaluma's Water Street in late 1950s on my HO layout. Six…"
Aug 5
Ed Merrin commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Hi Folks, Currently available from Microscale is 87-1414, which includes an assortment of NWP and Eureka Southern decals, and 87-1434 with heavyweight passenger lettering. Once upon a time International Hobbies in Auburn had a great comprehensive…"
Jun 18
David Cutting commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Clover House makes NWP dry transfers, Microscale and Walthers have made them, they can usually be found on eBay."
Jun 18
John Roth commented on Mark Drury's group Modelers
"Do you guys know where I can get some HO-scale NWP decals?"
Jun 17
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A group for those interested in modeling the NWP and related roads in any scale.
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A group for those who are members of or who are interested in the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society.
May 20
Richard C. Brand commented on Mark Drury's photo

nwp San Rafael-Eureka 010

"Michael, SMART surely cannot and should not pay because they have a requirement to us tax payers to expand the passenger service line north.  I have also spoken out to the Board that even given the recent State bills, that freight is not within…"
Apr 15
Michael H Harrison commented on Mark Drury's photo

nwp San Rafael-Eureka 010

"No one is going to pay for a switch and it may be unlikely that SMART will want to. A new switch and PTC modifications cost $300,000 per SMART, not including the cost of the grading work and track laying. Then we add permits, and possible movement…"
Apr 15
Richard C. Brand commented on Mark Drury's photo

nwp San Rafael-Eureka 010

"Should not be fully funded by Mead but funded primarily by CalTrans.  The roads are being pulverized by these extra long and heavy trucks.  Example is the Richmond San Rafael bridge which is literally crumbling. Sonoma County is especially…"
Apr 14
Jason Peterich commented on Mark Drury's photo

nwp San Rafael-Eureka 010

"Easier said than done... Switches are incredibly expensive to install, especially this day and age. It would cost Mead Clark a fortune."
Apr 13

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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
I created the network using the Ning platform (I used to work at Ning).
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
NWP #112 (because it's still with us)

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At 10:49pm on January 11, 2019, Richard C. Brand said…

Hi Mark:  Yes this is my long term dream as I've always been a wine lover while working in the Valley in research. 

Being a Friend of Caltrain as well as Dumbarton reno, I've now joined the Friends of SMART and next Wednesday I will attend the next SMART BoD mtg and make note of my friend John. 

Anything you wish to have me offer to that body let me know.  They are truly ignorant about railroading issues.

At 12:14pm on August 2, 2018, Richard C. Brand said…


Some of us believe this is "Tommy".  With this latest post "Rick Brand: Rick is a short for Richard. Often used affectionately to signify amiability or foster companionship and so on. Others time it is used to belittle people who are too speculative in their musings and too free with faulty and unfounded information, often running wild in a feverish kind of manic state, asking questions about future wood chip gon customers regardless of the fact other explanations exist to completely undermine the foundation of the speculation and ignoring those explanations willfully, for example."

he is violating your policy of only posting rail related content.

He seemed to respond to your warning last year and seems like he needs another one now.

Regards, Richard

At 9:51am on July 12, 2018, Richard C. Brand said…


Dave S. is suspect of some new members via them posting and claiming w-site problems.  Are you seeing problems for members posting photos but not able to add captions? 


At 10:49am on April 1, 2017, James Caestecker said…
Hi Mark,
Thanks for having me on. I just hired on with the NWP the other day and am looking forward to combing the site for history about the railroad.
At 7:08pm on March 7, 2017, Richard A Custer said…

Hello Mark,

Would you check Steve Richard Bell's comments for today. He's testing the water to see how far he can stretch the envelope about politics and religion.

At 11:32am on December 29, 2016, Richard C. Brand said…


Just saw that you are the West Bay w-site guy.  Take my kids over to the building frequently so I've probably met you.  You can see my g'son in the picture of our Train of Lights ride last night.


At 10:56am on October 17, 2016, Gura Lashlee said…

Hello Mark,

I saw these items on ebay and thought of your club...

Old photo album of trains and wrecks.

Circa 1920's German toy train in pretty good condition

The train of my childhood, which I still have in mint condition, is one from Sears.

Six unit Happy Time electric train.  Does something like that have any retail value?  Or, is it just for memories?

Glad to join in,


At 11:43am on October 15, 2016, steve lang said…

mark - does have anything entered re the ongoing oil tankers (dozens, all full) stoppage/stalemate on NWPRR trax near schellville?

if not, please see my facebook  page "steve lang", should be @ top of timeline.

try'd2 get u on fbook - sent friend request. if you accept it, please feel free 2 move this item to _ _ _ OR - could it be just another 1 of those things that i'm the last 1 to stumble on2?

thanx! -

At 9:17am on September 28, 2016, Michael Barron said…

Thank you Mark. I'm glad to be a part of this historic line. I think the membership will find my profile interesting. I'm in the excursion train business and we are launching the service between LA & Vegas later this year. I think there are some excellent possibilities on the NWP as well for a wine train. More to come on my profile. Interested to see how the members feel about it. - mb

At 1:44pm on August 5, 2016, Trevin Cholmondeley said…
Thank you! I will tell my friends! Do you happen to know anything on the lease of 1922? Thanks!

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