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SMART START DATE
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I read in the Healdsburg Patch e-newsletter that the start of service date is still TBD.  According to the Patch, Mansourian told the board and assembled employees that they are awaiting an FRA "full…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard C. Brand Jun 13.

Jake Park
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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 this discussion. Last reply by James Caestecker May 5.

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.

 

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Richard C. Brand commented on Kevin Bunker's photo
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"Hi Kevin: Great photos.  This barn is right across the Bay from me.  What are the hours that it is open to visitors?"
Tuesday
Richard C. Brand replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART START DATE
"Went up to H'burg today and saw no sign of any FRA activity although the Petaluma river bridge was down. Anybody else?  Extremely quite out there."
Jun 13
Richard C. Brand posted a discussion

SMART START DATE

I read in the Healdsburg Patch e-newsletter that the start of service date is still TBD.  According to the Patch, Mansourian told the board and assembled employees that they are awaiting an FRA "full audit of SMART'S operations and approve SMART'S 'Positive Train Control" system...."  Again according to the Patch the audit starts this coming Monday and could be finished by June 15. Anybody attend the meeting or have any more info?  See More
Jun 9
Richard C. Brand replied to James Caestecker's discussion SMART Right of Way Google Map now available to nwprr.net Members
"James thanks for putting this on the w-site.  This gives an excellent graphic of the NWP layout."
Jun 6
Richard C. Brand replied to James Caestecker's discussion SMART Right of Way Google Map now available to nwprr.net Members
"James: I thought that Jake had left the NWP. Richard"
Jun 5
Richard C. Brand commented on James Caestecker's photo
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Going West at Blackpoint DB

"All of this except maybe the Connelley adj will have to be performed in the dead of winter at night when SMART starts running?  Otherwise they will have to tie down at the Y both outbound and in. Row row row your boat....."
Jun 5
Richard C. Brand commented on James Caestecker's photo
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All ligned up at Blackpoint

"Sounds like the "Rail Sounds" that come from my Lionel loco "wait for the signal""
Jun 5
Richard C. Brand commented on James Caestecker's photo
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Healdsburg Depot as seen from the Turntable Pit

"Wouldn't we all love to see that in writing???? But the big question mark is how much "maintenance" is needed on the RR bridge.  As I wrote earlier Jake Park estimated it was less than $1/2 M but that was probably 3 to 4 years…"
Jun 5
Richard C. Brand commented on James Caestecker's photo
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Healdsburg Depot as seen from the Turntable Pit

"While I've not measured the distance I have driven that route several hundred times and it sure seems like more that 2 miles to me. Think you are correct about the funding from both the feds and MTC.  But as for negotiating with the Coast…"
Jun 4
Richard C. Brand commented on James Caestecker's photo
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Healdsburg Depot as seen from the Turntable Pit

"As I remember the CalPark tunnel renovation was funded by separate grant/legislation as a part of Marin Cty bicycle and hiking trail upgrades. But while SMART is busy reclaiming their RoW property on the San Rafael side of the tunnel, as far as I…"
Jun 4
Richard C. Brand commented on James Caestecker's photo
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Healdsburg Depot as seen from the Turntable Pit

"Dave: Jake had sent me a note three years ago saying that the NWP folks felt it could be brought up to freight FRA standards for less than $250K including updating the RoW from Windsor and he had been pushing SMART to submit a funding request to the…"
Jun 3
Richard C. Brand commented on James Caestecker's photo
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Healdsburg Depot as seen from the Turntable Pit

"If only there was a locomotive in front of that caboose. Healdsburg is SO ready to have SMART service to their renovated depot area and yet, SMART cannot complete the "Last mile". SAD."
Jun 3
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's status
"No need to go to that swamp. I just received a SMART posting their new schedule and probably on their w-site too.  Agree with Chad that weekend schedule is frustrating."
May 18
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's video
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2 SMART Test Trains in Northern Santa Rosa 05/16/2017

"At speed capture.  Thanks Scott for the update. "
May 17
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's video
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Summer Trains

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

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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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