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Jake Park

It seems and I am sorry to write that when I sent a note to Jake today, that I received a response email that another person had replaced Jake at NWP.  Now I understand that business is a constantly…Continue

Started 14 hours ago

NCRA April Board Meeting
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Anyone on the site attend the NCRA meeting today in Novato?I would love to read what was discussed especially re: the sale of rail property in Cloverdale north of Citris Fair Ave.Also hopefully…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Muller Apr 13.

2472 in Santa Rosa?
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Where did that wonderful Photoshop picture of the GGRM engine steaming into San Rafael go?  Did the loco at full speed with a consist run thru the SR station barrier onto the old line and head into…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard C. Brand Apr 3.

SMART just may be
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According to KTVU news tonight the San Rafael City Council has voted to approve the extension of the RoW down to Larkspur.  If correct this is AWESOME news assuming that the federal funding approved…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Cleek Mar 21.

 

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Jake Park

It seems and I am sorry to write that when I sent a note to Jake today, that I received a response email that another person had replaced Jake at NWP.  Now I understand that business is a constantly changing employment environment but I remember that Jake was credited by someone for having renovated the old Sonoma spur to have more tankers stored in Schellville. Other comments from non F'book members?See More
14 hours ago
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's status
"Premature click. Did you see what kind of a load was it pulling?"
Apr 17
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's status
"Might be doing testing of freight engine ATC for SMART."
Apr 17
Richard C. Brand commented on Timothy Welz's photo
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Healdsburg Switches

"No Emilio, only weed control along parts of the Healdsburg RoW. I was up there last week.  The only track work is the redo of the RoW needed for the Mill St. round about. The rails had to be removed and are still out while construction is in…"
Apr 15
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's video
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37 car NWP Petaluma Turn 10/2/2016

"Bob: Then things must be hopping in your neighborhood with Easter on the rise. I couldn't resist that one. Steven is that a good bye?"
Apr 14
Richard C. Brand commented on Steve Atnip's video
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April NCRA mtg, Woodman Creek trout

"Great work Steve: I'll push my luck to ask if you captured the discussion re: the sale of the real estate north of the deport and Citris ave? That real estate includes the NWP/NCRA shed with the spur that I'm sure SMART would like to have…"
Apr 13
Joseph Muller replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NCRA April Board Meeting
"Chad,    I don't know for certain how it would be done, but I think the alignment would be a right-hand switch off the main from the south. The reason I think it would be this is due to the service area and structures for the County…"
Apr 13
Richard C. Brand commented on Steve Atnip's video
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April NCRA mtg, NWP ops report

"Steve: You are my hero! Richard"
Apr 13
Steve Atnip replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NCRA April Board Meeting
"I did the video. I was in a rush yada yada yada, haven't posted to utube, not sure if I will. Lagunitas spur has all the permits now, bids in at just under 1 mil, had expected 250K. Wish I could just upload video files. There may be another…"
Apr 13
Richard C. Brand replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NCRA April Board Meeting
"James: Was the Bosco video posted by anybody also a member here on this site? Like others I stay away from f'book, which started in my town, like the plague."
Apr 12
Chad Glover replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NCRA April Board Meeting
"If that's where it is going do you know if they plan on building a spur all the way to the plant or unload/load on a parallel spur?"
Apr 12
Joseph Muller replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NCRA April Board Meeting
"The Rohnert Park spur is for Innovative Molding, over on Valley Park Drive. They would receive inbound plastic pellets and possibly ship product out."
Apr 12
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
James Caestecker replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NCRA April Board Meeting
"NWP 2009 is already equipped with ATC/PTC.  The NWPRRHS Facebook had Doug Bosco's bit video taped."
Apr 12
Chad Glover replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NCRA April Board Meeting
"Lagunitas is in Petaluma so I don't think that is it. There used to be 2 spurs opposite the golf course in RP between Golf Course Dr and RP Expressway, one was for a roofing company and not sure who used the other one. Maybe they are…"
Apr 12

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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
from the NWPRR web site. Learned about the NWP years ago and want to see it alive again all the way to Eureka
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
SFS acquisition (Santa Fe logo)

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Historic rail line question

I was just up in northern Marin Cty and noticed an old and very abondoned RoW running thru Pt Reyes Station and up along the Tomales Bay and at least up to Tomales.

Was this line just built by Hollywood and Hitchcock to support his movie "The Birds"?  I'm joking but what was it called and what was it built to haul?  Lumber, dairy or fish? 

Love to hear the story and the name because I noticed a bridge with rails still exists over Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Posted on July 31, 2016 at 12:22am — 12 Comments

"Rotaries" on KQED TV

Not specific to NWP but if you have not already seen the show on KQED TV, this is a must see.  It is the story of the last outing of the Roseville based 1929 vintage SP/UP rotary snowplows on Donner Summit during the 2011 heavy snow storms.  It is a 60 minute show and it is wonderful including the sound of the plow's steam whistles plus the engine sounds of the F7's that provide the electrical power for the rotary blades.

Brought up the hair on the back of my neck.

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 1:12am — 2 Comments

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At 3:25pm on July 20, 2016, steve lang said…

thanx 4 your info on the Napa Wine Train. i believe i saw 1 or more of their passenger cars near the Willits depot June 2nd. will shortly post a summary of current rail industry status in Nor. Cal. (if i can still figure out how to do that)

[oops - see! - i didn't even direct the Wine Train comment properly].

At 10:54am on February 9, 2015, Mark Drury said…

Hello Richard,

Keith left the network yesterday (deleted his account) so the situation appears to have resolved itself.  He was more interested in a site with strictly factual and historical content, if I understood his complaints correctly, and was regrettably unable to ignore content which did not meet his standards.  Much as I hate to lose members who are clearly interested in the NWP, as he surely was, it was likely for the best that he did leave (for his own peace or mind, if nothing more).

Thanks for your understanding and patience in the matter, and here's to more peaceful days ahead!  Regards,

Mark D.

At 10:23am on November 20, 2014, Mark Drury said…

Thanks for the feedback, Richard -- I'm actively recruiting TT back into the fold and think he'll do so soon!  Regards,

Mark D.

At 3:51pm on August 5, 2014, steve lang said…

c'mon, ~this~ iz the e-z stuf... boonville? - don't think i'v evr even ben thru theyr. but I did look it up & shood'v took -that- hiway 2 & thru ft. bragg in '05.

At 2:44pm on January 31, 2013, Scott Kremer said…
Welcome:)
At 1:56pm on January 31, 2013, Mark Drury said…

Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Richard! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. We're adding content daily and actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury

 
 
 

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