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I rode the SMART Preview train---and liked it!
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Along with a lot of other folks I rode the preview train northbound today to Sonoma Airport station (although there was no sign as to how to get to the airport).   One strange item is that this is a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Frank C. Jul 10.

New Windsor brewery new NWP customer?
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I see in the PD that Russion Rivier Brewing  is moving to a much larger facility in Windsor.  How will they bring in their barley?  Is this too far up the open RoW?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard C. Brand Jul 1.

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.

 

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Richard C. Brand and Carl O'Connor are now friends
Friday
Richard C. Brand commented on Frank C.'s photo
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NWP's Petaluma Flyer In Petaluma

"Too bad.  I miss that ghost.  Need more freight!"
Jul 11
Richard C. Brand commented on Frank C.'s photo
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NWP's Petaluma Flyer In Petaluma

"Frank: When was this photo shot?  I went past the wye about 1 PM Sunday and only saw 1501 with 2 hoppers sitting at the northbound switch."
Jul 11
Richard C. Brand replied to Michael H Harrison's discussion Good Idea for NWP?
"Nick: This is complicated due to the Cal High Speed Rail project. The at-grade crossings have to be changed to over or under due to a couple of things that will increase train frequency on the Caltrain RoW where there have been an excessive number…"
Jul 10
Frank C. replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion I rode the SMART Preview train---and liked it!
"I was going to say, NIcasio, not NOcasio is a far reaching place for the NWP these days... ;) Regards, -Frank C."
Jul 10
Richard C. Brand replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion I rode the SMART Preview train---and liked it!
"CORRECTION, that of course is the Ignacio wye."
Jul 9
Richard C. Brand posted a discussion

I rode the SMART Preview train---and liked it!

Along with a lot of other folks I rode the preview train northbound today to Sonoma Airport station (although there was no sign as to how to get to the airport).   One strange item is that this is a train with a transmission.  Never been on one like that even in Japan.I'll post some pictures and maybe a video tomorrow.Also at about 12:45 NWP 1501 was sitting with two hoppers on the northern wye at Nocasio. See More
Jul 9
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"After reviewing the agenda/submissions of the July 6 NCRA mtg, I can understand the basis for the scrutiny being focused on the NCRA.  As well as general operating expenses of salaries, insurance etc. they have an outstanding loan from FRA of…"
Jul 7
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Well that is an interesting story that I have wondered when someone would notice. Maybe though the NCRA folks can get their story together and make a proposal along with the city of Eureka and the north coast."
Jul 3
Richard C. Brand replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion New Windsor brewery new NWP customer?
"And Chad maybe that is the reason why NWP is not hauling as many hoppers while the Lagunitas brewery is running at full capacity according to the PD. The NWP 2014 Christmas card featured a picture of a load of malt and unloading it was a multi step…"
Jul 1
Carl O'Connor replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion New Windsor brewery new NWP customer?
"This is true. I am not sure that Russian River production numbers are close to lagunitas. Not sure if the numbers would make sense."
Jul 1
Chad Glover replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion New Windsor brewery new NWP customer?
"Richard, Laganitus was using the spur just north to unload cars and truck it 1/4,mile to the brewery."
Jul 1

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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
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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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