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Chad Gustafson
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  • Windsor, CA
  • United States

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SMART New Station Design
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Donahue Fan Feb 19, 2015.

SMART neighbors express concerns about future property value, privacy
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chad Glover Dec 31, 2014.

Bay Area short line: We're OK with SMART project
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Oooohhhhhh busted...From Railway Age Magazine...Thurs. June 24th 2014By Douglas John BowenThe general…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jbriogrande Aug 10, 2014.


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C. P. Huntington commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"These are plastic pellet cars and not standard grain cars from Petaluma."
Jan 7
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Thx Scott: I'm surprised they are still there sitting so close to residences.  Surely those hoppers have/had some residual grain in them making them rat In and Outs.  Must be a surplus of these cars for the leasing co. to let them sit…"
Jan 6
Scott Kremer commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"The hoppers there are car storage, the Daylight car was moved to Schellville in the beginning of June, I saw 1501 come up and grab it. Shortly after that it, was taken over to CalNorthern and then the Wine Train in Napa. Looking back at the…"
Jan 6
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Those hoppers have been there since before June.  Maybe Feb last year.  I saw them today as I drove into Windsor. The old Daylight coach previously parked south of Healdsburg RR bridge and sometimes seen when you open the Main Page of this…"
Jan 6
Chad Gustafson posted a status
"Hoppers sitting on the Windsor siding... home for a few days hoping to catch a train! When are they doing Windsor runs / norm schedule?"
Jan 5
Chad Gustafson replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion Keep freight and NWP alive on the RoW
"Boom, Bob just roasted everybody.  I tend to agree, I find it hard to believe that, even when young, SMART was trying to force out NWP. The only argument I can’t fight is the intentional aligning of the gauntlet tracks with the platforms…"
Oct 12, 2018
Dave S. commented on Chad Gustafson's status
Oct 3, 2018
Chad Gustafson posted a status
"Lagunitis to lay off over 100 employees, most from Pet according to Press Dem"
Oct 3, 2018
Chad Gustafson posted a status
"New article about the trail up on the Press Dem... including possible buyout of NWPco’s contract."
Sep 2, 2018
Chad Gustafson commented on Nico's status
"I enjoy playing Devil's advocate, so I'll take this on. Not sure the idea of a Quiet Zone is "stupid." I llove trains, railroading, history, etc. I moved into a home here in North Carolina a stone's throw from a…"
Aug 14, 2018
Chad Gustafson and Richard C. Brand are now friends
Aug 8, 2018
James Bradley, Jr. commented on Chad Gustafson's photo

The Majestic - 2001

"Dave...your arguments regarding the period accuracy are not 100% correct.  The locomotive that was used in the movie, CWR 65, is an ex Southern Pacific locomotive (3412).  A quick Google search shows that the locomotive was part of a…"
Jul 27, 2018
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Thank you Chad for posting that info here.  I'd searched for the info on the fires with no success.  I'm a many times rider and lover of the "Skunk" train.  They operate on a thin margin so seeing them lose…"
Jul 26, 2018
Chad Gustafson commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Of course, there’s drama on the FB post so I’ll save that and just post the deets -  -Fire burned down three CWR buildings including bathroom area. -The initial post faults the CWR - employed care takers of the proprty as using it…"
Jul 26, 2018
Dave S. commented on Chad Gustafson's photo

The Majestic - 2001

"I will need to see this movie again because I don't remember anything about it except Jim Carrey. Though set in the 1950's, the above screen grab reveals a couple of problems.  The locomotive is too modern for the period; also, and I…"
Jul 26, 2018
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Chad: I too don't touch f'book.  Would you please cut and paste the info onto our group site here?"
Jul 25, 2018

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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
While Googling NWP
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
SD9s and Low nose GP9s

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Chad Gustafson's Blog

Good News for the Skunk in the Press Democrat

Found this in the Press Democrat today:

Some good news for one of our favorite railroads that has been struggling financially for a while. I am curious to know what will happen to the old Willits depot when this new transit hub is completed, and hopefully how one day,…


Posted on July 7, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

NWP Bulkheads? Boxcars?

Hi guys,

Quick topic. Earlier today Carl O'Connor posted pictures of his new NWP bulkhead flat...I am doing the same on some others as well as some NWP boxcars.

My question is, hypotheticly on my "layout", the North Coast Railroad and black widow era NWP are still an operational Class 2 regional, based off the same operating plans that were used up until the last week of ops.

How realistic would it be for an NWP/NCR to own a fleet of rolling stock? MOW and your…


Posted on May 14, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Another Letter to the Editor out of Novato...

What do you guys think? 

I personally believe the NCRA is doing a good job, considering there wasn't movements for 8 or so years, although there are things that need to be fixed in it. 

I didn't know the NWPco wasn't paying trackage…


Posted on January 30, 2013 at 8:36pm — 8 Comments

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At 11:43am on June 15, 2012, John P. Morgan said…

It's the 1922 on Mare Island on a test run.  Spotting a couple cars at a warehouse.  This was taken before it arrived on the NWP.

At 8:48pm on March 14, 2012, roky said…

Chad. are you still having trouble connecting to this site? I did what leo isotalo mentioned on the connection problem discussion, and it worked. no more problems connecting.  give it a try and see if it works for you. good luck 


At 3:44pm on February 26, 2012, Eldon G. Whitehead said…

Nice having you on board.  Hopefully we will be able to share a lot of great pictures and news of the Railroad Systems here in California and elsewhere.  I am going to upload a few pictures that I took a couple of weeks ago of some of the old NWP railroad crossings.  They are a sad thing to look at.

Again, welcome  and glad to be your friend.

At 3:36pm on January 12, 2012, Zachary M. Toler said…

Well, after looking around Altamont Press for a few hours, I really didn't see anything bad about us, but many were totally SLAMMING "foamers." I wonder if they are referring to NWPFOAM, or what. That being said, there were plenty of NWP antis posing as railfans. A lot of political bashing, too, SO glad we don't have too much of that here! One post did say Altamont would be closing down soon, due to lack of time table sales or something like that. Now, I still need to check out FOAM...


Zachary M. Toler

At 10:53am on January 12, 2012, Zachary M. Toler said…

Hey, Chad-Thanks for getting back to me. I just started to post on Altimont, and I will find out if they are indeed bashing us. As far as joining FOAM, a Yahoo account is required, correct?


Zachary M. Toler

At 9:03pm on January 11, 2012, Mike Davis said…

at least the locomotive I'm "driveing" has something to do with the NWP


At 5:50pm on January 7, 2012, Zachary M. Toler said…

Hey, Chad, which other NWP "fan" sites are bashing us? Maybe a few of us need to go join these other sites in order to defend the Networks' (and our own) reputation. I'm in, but a few others to back me up couldn’t hurt. Maybe I need to start another group on here...


Zachary M. Toler

At 8:50pm on November 7, 2011, Isaac K said…
Hey there P&SRkid, yeah, this is what's left of CWR #54 after the 1970 wreck. She wrecked along with the other Baldwins 52 and 51. Lucky #53 was sick that day and had to stay in the shop in Ft. Bragg, that's why she rests in Willits at ROOTS today instead of in the scrapyard. It took the old memory of a story I heard from a skunk engineer when I was a kid in Ft. Bragg, a good bit of research and some great knowledge from a member of this site. She's been out there all alone in the woods every night for 41 years. You can visit her if you know where to look. Message me if want more info.
At 6:16pm on September 3, 2011, Trevor McGinnis said…



Do you have a link to a blog or a website for your P&SR Layout?  I'd really like to see what you have done with your model railroad for some ideas and guidance on the one I am creating in my garage.

NWP - "Redwood Empire Route" HO Scale Layout

At 6:11pm on September 3, 2011, Trevor McGinnis said…



Thanks for the info on the Walthers GP 9 locomotives.  Maybe I'll shop around on the internet for one or two.

Just FYI though, If you paid $70.00 and then dropped another $50.00 on aftermarket parts to detail it out, you could have used the money to purchase an undecorated Proto 2000 GP 9 on E-bay (unless you are including the cost of the decoder in the $50.00).  I have purchased three GP 9's and one GP 7 Proto 2000 models over the past five or six months.  I have paid between $50.00 to $70.00 for each one.  As you are aware, the Proto 2000 models come with many separately applied detailed parts in the package.


I still have to purchse the decoders and the light bulbs or LEDs for the lights to work with the decoder.  I have the engine black paint and the Microscale NWP decal sets for them though.


Actually, I am glad I have not had the time to actually work on painting and decaling them though.  Becasue now that the current NWP is operating a freshly painted SP Gray and Scarlet "Bloody Nose" GP 9 without dynamic brakes (NWP #1922), I know I will make my own #1922 model with one of my undecorated Proto 2000 GP 9's.


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