And no, SMART owns the ROW between Healdsburg south to Larkspur and West to Brazos junction with freight rights held by NCRA which in turn has an operating lease with the NWP (NWPCo). Very confusing."
"A "leasing company" leases equipment, similar to Hertz car rental.
Summit Signal bought the 5076 to lease to any company interested in leasing it, where NWP used it for a short period of time in exchange for storing it.
NWP is a freight…"
"The system that SMART/NWP uses is called E-ATC, "Enhanced Automatic Train Control" and matches the 4 key requirements of PTC. E-ATC uses high frequency code through the rails instead of a GPS bases system like the most class 1 railroads.…"
"The 20 cars on the South end of Burdell are empty pet-coke pressurized hopper cars in storage, and not grain cars from Petaluma. Occasionally NWP will store a couple loaded cars on the north end of burdell if there is an influx of loaded cars coming…"
"Not sure who said H&B wasn't receiving carloads anymore, but they have never ceased their regular 4-6 cars/week unless maintenance is being performed on their auger. You may be thinking about Willowbrook, which wasn't receiving cars…"