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Rod D. Whitney
  • Willits, CA
  • United States

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"Do we know whatever became of this car..? "
Apr 23, 2014
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This is a picture of a Daylight car leaving Willits on 6-23-2008. It was purchased by a private individual and taken to Southern California. If you look at the picture you can see the hotel sign, this is the Van Hotel at the intersection of Main and…
Mar 10, 2013
Rod D. Whitney replied to Cameron Fuller's discussion Move the trains in willits use them
"You are kidding right?  The Willits police patrol more, you really think they do that at all.  When I was paid to do security down there it was a major problem getting them to do anything, they hated doing that  job.  I had to…"
Mar 10, 2013
Rod D. Whitney commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"As a ride along I was not in a position to see when the controls were being used so I can't tell you for sure how often it alarms."
Dec 21, 2011
Dave S. commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"Thanks for the info on the Digitar, Attendant Call, and Alerter. So, it was Mr. Digitar that eliminated cabooses! I thought the Attendant Call might summon coffee service, a pillow, or maybe even a neck massage!  That would be a nice…"
Dec 21, 2011
Rod D. Whitney commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"No one has mentioned it, so I will.  Notice the yellow button near the bottom of the left panel?  It is the alerter.  To the right of the picture just out of sight is a box with a round light rear facing and a second one facing…"
Dec 21, 2011
Jordan commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"The Digitar Communications Display Unit is what communicates with the EOT. Notice the red switch to apply the emergency brakes from the rear of the train. Also note the motion indicator and pressure reading. As for the Attendant Call button, it…"
Dec 21, 2011
Dave S. commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"I see the engineer left his wallet out ready to pay the tolls on the Black Point and Haystack bridges!   Wonder what the Digitar Communications Display Unit is for?  And there's two Quantum (power control?) boxes to the right ...…"
Dec 18, 2011
Rod D. Whitney commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"Well Mark, you would be the first to comment about that.  I planned it so # 1922 would be in the picture."
Dec 16, 2011
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Dec 16, 2011
Mark Drury commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"Like how you can the nose of #1922 through the cab window -- great shot! Mark D."
Dec 16, 2011
B Richards commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"Nice photo."
Dec 16, 2011
PT Smith commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"I hate running those things!"
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Rod D. Whitney and Robert Cozad are now friends
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Chad Gustafson commented on Rod D. Whitney's photo
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"Im going to go with probably sand.."
Dec 15, 2011

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At 2:37pm on December 8, 2011, Steve Atnip said…

Twas I! I would've asked you to pass on the DVD's but you didn't seem to have any big pockets.

At 5:13pm on October 27, 2010, Jim Harville said…
Rod, it was good to meet you in Ione today! Thanks for your support! (And a belated thanks for Folsom RailFest as well!)

Jim Harville
FEDSHRA
P&SV RR
(and eternal NWP Fan!)
At 7:21am on November 24, 2009, Chad Gustafson said…
Okay, i know im probably getting pretty anoying, but i have a couple of questines.
Ive always wondered this, how did those commuter\caltrain cars get up to Willits? and what was the NWP, Calwestern, eureka southern or anyothers going to do with them? Also, why and how are all those passenger cars just sitting up in Willits? I would think there privatly owned, but i can't be for sure....
Thank you again Mr. Whitney,
-Chad
At 7:01am on November 17, 2009, Chad Gustafson said…
Ok thanks. i would have never have though until 2001, but its only a guess too, because it would have had no international railconnection with the outside world. Thanks again
-Chad
At 4:50am on November 17, 2009, Rod D. Whitney said…
I believe until 2001, but that is a guess because I was just getting interested in 1998 and don't know much history of the line.

The GP-9, I have no idea, I don't even know who it belongs to. For example there are six engines in Willits now, but at least four of them are privately owned.
At 6:24pm on November 14, 2009, Chad Gustafson said…
Hey one more questine. Im a little lost about the north end from 1990-1998. When the Eureka Southern was sold to the NCRA, how long did the NCRA operate the line?
I wouldn't have thought they operatd it all the way to 1998, because while watching a movie on the NWP in 1996-1998 i didn't see any NCRR locomotives in Willits. i can't find anywhere on the enternet a clear date of when the NCRA shut down the line north off Willits...

Also,(ok, maybe 2) what might happen to the NCRR GP-9 in Petaluma? I was looking at it and looks like maybe a muesium could restore it, but i was unsure if the NCRA would have (or want) to restore it for light duty or switching. It seemed in a medium condition, but not like you peel the boarding off the windows and fire her up and take her down to get a new paint job.

Thank you very Much.
-Chad
At 4:51am on November 6, 2009, Rod D. Whitney said…
Hello once again Chad. I have lived in Willits 54 of my 64 years, so close to all my life. Unfortunately I only got interested in railroading in the past 15 or so years. This caused me to miss out on many things I would now love to know. I have looked at pictures of the roundhouse many times, especially the background so I could look at the area while on security patrol in an effort to identify where it once was. There is no evidence of its existence now, but I know more or less where it was. The only thing I have been told is a fire, don't know if it was arson or not.
At 5:23pm on November 5, 2009, Chad Gustafson said…
Hello once again, i was recently looking @ some pictures of Willits in the 60's. I know there was a roundhouse and fueling station, and turntable. I also know there is none of that there today except the fueling station. I can't find anything on the internet and in people wh have lived in Willits their whole lives about what happened. i know that the structur might have been burned down in a arson fire, one of my friends told me, but again i can't find any evidence. do u know what happened?
_thanks,
Chad
At 5:19pm on October 22, 2009, Chad Gustafson said…
Thats awsome sir, very cool. and as a reply to Mr. Durys comment, i know there like a "mini toy hauler"
At 9:51am on October 22, 2009, Mark Drury said…
Is that a completely custom rig/RV you have for your speeder, Rod? I've never seen anything like it. Regards,

Mark D.
 
 
 

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