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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.

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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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
Richard C. Brand commented on Steve Atnip's blog post GGRM update from Steve Coons on FB
"Bob or Steve: Do we know who that was speaking for NWP at that last meeting?  My connection with the NWP is thru their CEO John Williams of Woodside Consulting here in Palto Alto and Jake Park.  Because of my connections with AAPRCO…"
May 8
Richard C. Brand replied to Terry Park's discussion Petaluma maps in the group Maps
"Just shows how much Petaluma has changed and in fact a lot of Sonoma cty."
May 8
Richard C. Brand joined Mark Drury's group
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Maps

A group interested in maps, cartography, GIS, and geography of the area which encompasses the NWP and related roads of the Redwood Empire.
May 8
Richard C. Brand commented on Steve Atnip's blog post GGRM update from Steve Coons on FB
"Bob: That video capture of the last meeting was posted here by Steve Atnip.  You should find it on Steve's page. I listened to that presentation several times and never could hear a definitive statement about plans though. Richard"
May 8
Richard C. Brand commented on Steve Atnip's blog post GGRM update from Steve Coons on FB
"Steve: Thanks mucho for that update."
May 7
Richard C. Brand replied to Dave S.'s discussion Heineken Buys Remaining Stake in Lagunitas
"While I agree that the super beers companies are buying up the craft beer startups because they market horses and sports and not drinkable product, they see their market share dwindling.  But attempting to buy up the competition is a fools…"
May 5
James Caestecker replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion Jake Park
"Thanks for your reply, Dave.  The work I do is different from train crew work.  I work remotely from my home in Southern California doing computer-based tasks like making maps and recently helped Jon Kerruish at SMART with some of the map…"
May 5
Richard C. Brand replied to Dave S.'s discussion Heineken Buys Remaining Stake in Lagunitas
"Other than somewhere between $500K and $1 million."
May 5
Dave S. replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion Jake Park
"James:  it's great to hear your optimism!  As someone who actually works for NWP Co., I'm sure many of us here would love to hear your story, or mini biography.  In addition, if  you care to share your thoughts in more…"
May 5
Richard C. Brand replied to Dave S.'s discussion Heineken Buys Remaining Stake in Lagunitas
"More importantly they will have the legal staff to put the hammer on not-so-smart about closing off an existing spur."
May 4
Richard C. Brand replied to Michael H Harrison's discussion Ooh Bother...
"Bob: I generally agree with you but cannot this tiem.  You wrote that .."Roundup....has repeatedly proven to be harmless despite tremendous amount of 'fake news' to the contrary....". You may consider that our State is a…"
May 3
Richard C. Brand replied to Michael H Harrison's discussion Ooh Bother...
"As a follow up to this 2015 story in which Michael Harrison wrote "Ooh Bother..." I've been looking for vineyard property in the Healdsburg area.  If you scroll down you will see my 2015 comment about Bob Dempel growing Pinot…"
May 2

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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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