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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.

SMART START DATE
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Been some discussion on our NWPRR site about when passenger service would begin.I sent a note to the smart info mail site and received this official response from Matt Stevens of smart.  I still stay…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael H Harrison Mar 13.

Interconnects

American Canyon roadway is closed at the western end due to flooding and that was early in the day today Monday.  Anybody heard the condition of the railroad connection?Continue

Started Feb 20

NCRA Meeting report Full of info

If you are interested in the future of the NWP and NCRA I encourage you to read the latest agenda items from the Feb 8 NCRA mtg in Healdsburg.  …Continue

Started Feb 14

 

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Richard C. Brand replied to Gary Hesson's discussion NS / NWP in the Mist
"So Gary how would a modeller achieve the greyed out look of the Ghost Train 1922?"
Thursday
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART just may be
"I don't believe the San Rafael City Council has anything to say about how or when SMART builds through to Larkspur. The one thing that I'd really like to see SMART do, but which would require coordination with the ferry terminal and a lot…"
Mar 21
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SMART just may be

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 by the Obama admin is still available.  There were some locals who objected to having to give up on land that they had assumed was no longer needed for a train.  Duh!!!See More
Mar 21
Richard C. Brand commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Derailed Cars Near Spyrock

"Fred: Fred: I'm pleased to hear that your tour of duty was a good one on the SP.  Those must of have been halcyon days on the line.  I first saw the SP 62 years ago when I moved to Southern Calif. and watched my first  Daylight…"
Mar 16
Richard C. Brand commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Derailed Cars Near Spyrock

"Dave: I think we are all struggling to understand the rationale of a poorly managed business entity (SP) which was struggling to fulfill supply contracts made to north coast businesses which depended on the RR to provide them with transport…"
Mar 15
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's video
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An NWP Thursday Morning. Read Description

"Where did they drop off the tanker?  That rear motor appears to be running a bit rich."
Mar 13
Michael H Harrison replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART START DATE
"1. I wager that they will start late spring, however it will be so late that its pretty much summer anyways (June 20) and that would be a loophole push where they "operate" a couple trains to "work" into operations... It will be…"
Mar 13
Chad Glover replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART START DATE
"I'd take even money on the first bet, I think they will start before June. Iould need about 100/1 odds on the second bet. SMART will sell advertising spaces anywhere they can to make money. I'm surprised their vehicles don't have…"
Mar 11
Drake replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART START DATE
"I'm willing to make two bet's with anyone here.  1. SMART will not start operations until will into summer if not longer and our two local North Bay papers will say little or nothing negative about it. 2. Within the first year of…"
Mar 11
Richard C. Brand commented on Emilio Galo's blog post Is the Northern End still in consideration for reopening service to Eureka?
"Dave brings up the key point which is economics.  The demand in our present economic boom for redwood lumber is large if not huge and simplistically should encourage the NWP to pay to move north.   But the trucking industry will…"
Mar 8
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's photo
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Rolling Across Black Point

"I like that.  When you decide let me know and I will forward to the NWP head office here in Palo Alto."
Mar 6
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's photo
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Rolling Across Black Point

"Just one car?  $$$ loser."
Mar 5
Richard C. Brand replied to Dave S.'s discussion California Timber Market Improves Amid Concerns
"Chad: You could very likely be correct with your very perceptive analysis of the present alternative to vehicular rail link pressures in Napa and Sonoma counties.  A passenger rail link from and to St Helena via Larkspur to SF would draw…"
Mar 3
Richard C. Brand replied to Dave S.'s discussion California Timber Market Improves Amid Concerns
"Steve: I communicated with Jake Parks (NWP) on this last year and the big hurdle is the cost of the Russian River bridge renovation.  They had hoped to apply for a federal TIGER grant to finance the project but someone he would not identify…"
Mar 3
Richard C. Brand replied to Dave S.'s discussion California Timber Market Improves Amid Concerns
"Dave: Thanks for digging this out and as you probably know the NWP is just itching to provide transport services without transloading, to Redwood Empire whose main yard is south of Cloverdale near Asti right on the mail line.   I blame the…"
Mar 3
Richard C. Brand commented on Dan Tamsky's photo
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SP 10, NWP Tr. 3 Willits 8-14-1969

"Salt water?   $$$$$"
Mar 2

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from the NWPRR web site. Learned about the NWP years ago and want to see it alive again all the way to Eureka
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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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