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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

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Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"After reviewing the agenda/submissions of the July 6 NCRA mtg, I can understand the basis for the scrutiny being focused on the NCRA.  As well as general operating expenses of salaries, insurance etc. they have an outstanding loan from FRA of…"
Jul 7
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Well that is an interesting story that I have wondered when someone would notice. Maybe though the NCRA folks can get their story together and make a proposal along with the city of Eureka and the north coast."
Jul 3
Chad Gustafson posted a status
Jul 3
Kevin Bunker and Chad Gustafson are now friends
Jun 19
Chad Gustafson commented on Robert Hogan's photo

2 CP&LT #101 PLA-8

"Was this the only railroad going through Placerville? My grandparents live up there and everytime I've gone to visit I've seen bits and pieces of the railroad, even went for a short speeder ride before they opened the stretch of line near…"
May 29
Chad Gustafson might attend Mark Drury's event

SPHTS Annual Conference - NWP Themed! at Doubletree Hotel

November 8, 2017 to November 11, 2017
From there is, in part:"This year, we will hold a joint convention with the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society. Can you guess what the theme will be? You guessed it, the focus will be on the NWP and the railroads which interchanged with it. Our convention hosts are Charlie Siebenthal and Angelo Figone."See More
May 18
Chad Gustafson commented on Chad Gustafson's video

Summer Trains

"Now that I watch the Black Point clip again, I do agree with you on it. "
May 11
Chad Gustafson commented on Chad Gustafson's video

Summer Trains

"Guys, thanks for the complements. Dave, The Brazos bridge didn't stay down, but went up about half way. We waited there for the train to come back across for about an hour. Some of the other railfans said that they've waited less than…"
May 11
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's video

Summer Trains

"Dave: I saw that too.  Trust the FRA doesn't monitor this site.  Mark, don't let them peek ;-)"
May 10
Dave S. commented on Chad Gustafson's video

Summer Trains

"Great video and great sound!  I love that horn too, plus the clickety-clack of jointed rails! Did the Brazos bridge stay closed while 2009 was switching in Lombard?  How long was the wait before the train crossed the bridge again? …"
May 10
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's video

Summer Trains

"Chad- This is great capture.  So glad to hear the horn on that Genset again. She sure is looking bright and clean given that she has been sitting out in the sun. Thank you for posting.  Now if only the NWP had more traffic."
May 9
Chad Gustafson posted a video


Caught up with the Northwestern Pacific's Ignacio Turn headed out of Novato to the exchange with the California Northern in Lombard.
May 9
Chad Gustafson and Sean Purtell are now friends
May 8
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…"
Apr 24
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

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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?


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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