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  • Windsor, CA
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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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Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"For the record the NVRR when it first was reopened tried to revised a freight business.  I remember seeing at least one box car hauling loads from Grgich Hills winery.  My guess though is that DeDomenico had no idea how to create a freight…"
Carl O'Connor commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Wouldn't Genesee wyoming have priority on switching since it would be in thier territory?"
Apr 24
Steve Atnip commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"The Lagunitas spur bid also came in at "just under" 1 mil, when they were guessing 250K. May be rethinking?"
Apr 24
Bob Cleek commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"I do recall reading that, although, as there was a preexisting turnout there which SMART simply failed to replace when they laid new track, claiming it was "unused," I would think that there would be no permitting jurisdiction by the City…"
Apr 24
Chad Glover commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"I'm sure the planning and EIR's are done. In the last NCRA meeting didn't they say it was permitted and ready to go? That being said I see your point."
Apr 24
Bob Cleek commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"I doubt most businesses would be making any announcements in that direction.  Just imagine if they did and drew all sorts of NIMBYs squawking about train horns and switching noise at night!  The last thing they need are lawsuits demanding…"
Apr 24
Chad Glover commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"I wonder if sending Lagunitas a nice inquiring email might get some answers?"
Apr 24
Bob Cleek commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"At the risk of "thread drift," which isn't always a bad thing, does anybody know what the plans are for the Lagunitas turnout?  Are they going to have a couple of them, one with a hopper dump, and another track for loading and…"
Apr 24
Bob Cleek commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Very interesting news about the NVRR's plans for freight traffic.  Seemingly, that's an opportunity for the NWP Co. RR.  It would make sense for NVRR to contract with the NWP Co. to handle its freight traffic, or so it would seem."
Apr 24
Chad Gustafson posted a status
"More changes coming for Napa Valley RR... see comments below for newspaper interview with owners."
Apr 24
Chad Gustafson commented on Richard Todd's video

NWP railfan #1 the Bluffs

"Beautiful work... Im always impressed and had always secretly hoped for a video of your layout. Thanks for sharing. "
Apr 14
Chad Gustafson replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NCRA April Board Meeting
"There was a big article in the Press Democrat about the roofing company upset with SMART over the removal of their spur switch in Rhonert Park...could be them?"
Apr 12
Chad Gustafson commented on Timothy Welz's photo

Healdsburg Switches

"Michael and Dave, If I remember right, there's a few more similar-looking switches done by Syar and in Windsor... I also remember seeing this fresh "construction" (i.e., new insulation, switch work, some tie work) around three years…"
Apr 11
Chad Gustafson commented on Timothy Welz's photo

Ukiah Yard Demo

"Why is it getting demo'd? Did I miss something? "
Apr 7
Chad Gustafson posted a status
"Old Amtrak car most likely a total loss in Willits fire:"
Mar 31
Emilio Galo commented on Chad Gustafson's photo

From Facebook

"What the heck? I thought NWP owned 5076... Can we have a locomotive that is NOT leased?"
Mar 7

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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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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, D kosdrosky 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...


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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?


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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...


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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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