Dedicated to Sharing the Heritage of Redwood Empire Railroading
I grew up in Marin County from the Seventh Grade on through High School. When we first moved to San Anselmo, the old NWP station was still the Greyhound Station. I had been into trains since I was four years old, and living in Marin immediately endeared me to the NWP. In those days, there were still three to four trains per day between Willits and Eureka, and always one to two "Big" trains south from Willits to Roseville (or Schellville). My wife and I rode the Eureka Express in September 1964 from Novato to Eureka and return, and have ridden the Eureka Southern from Willits to Eureka and return. A neighbor of mine was a switchman at Tiburon and was cut in two by the idler flats while switching the Santa Fe Tug and Barge, there. As a Junior in High School, I remember sitting in a cafe on the corner of 4th and Tamalpias in San Rafael, watching a 54 car Southbound freight pass through enroute to the Ferry Slip in Tiburon, when the line between Ignacio and Schellville was closed. In 1964, the year we were married, I also gained employment from the Western Pacific Railroad in San Francisco. I left the U.P. in 1996, after almost 33 years in the business, the same year they merged with S.P. My wife and I are docents at the California State Railroad museum in Sacramento and are frequent narrators on the California Zephyr between Sacramento and Reno. We have lived in Sacramento since 1975, when I was sent there as District Sales Manager for W.P. I also use to narrate the Feather River trips for some U.P. business car trains.