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Emilio Galo's Discussions

Reopening the line to South Fork?
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Hey everyone, I know I have not done a discussion in forever, but I have a question to ask. Would reopening the line from Samoa to South Fork be profitable? I was speaking with Michael Presson, and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave S. Jan 29, 2018.

NWP: End of the Line (Is this railroad too far gone for help?)
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Today I wanted to talk about the NWP, in its current condition, and what it was like before FRA shut it down on the northern end. For years, the Northwestern Pacific Railroad has been sitting idle on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emilio Galo Mar 10.

Why did they remove the tracks from the Willits crossing?
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I was looking on google maps, and i came across this crossing, but with no tracks, and  pile of something just sitting behind the former signal box. Can anyone tell me why or when they were removed…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by steve lang Jul 22, 2016.

Will the Northern Section of this railroad ever run again?
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I was thinking about the railroads current status up to Willits, and i came across a question i'd like to ask, Is it even possible to repair the line up to Dos Rios? It seems like that section of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fred M. Cain Feb 6.


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Emilio Galo replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"I've actually posted about this before, so it may be possible. Like Jeff Moore was saying, the problem is finding the money to finance and get funding for this proposal. I mean, it could be done but perhaps in the future."
Jul 10
James Bradley, Jr. commented on Emilio Galo's status
"According to Wikipedia...yes. 251 Lima Locomotive Works Shay locomotive 21 September 1904 909 ex-Northwestern Redwood Company #1 then California Northwestern Railway 2nd #32; leased to Northwestern Redwood Company of Willits,…"
Jun 16
Emilio Galo posted a status
"Question: Did NWP at any point have any Heislers or Shay locomotives? Just genuinely curious."
Jun 15
Emilio Galo replied to Richard Sotelo's discussion SMART addresses vegetation problem on large non-revenue property in Corte Madera
"Thanks for the information Richard. I did not know that about Windsor, if only certain mayors up north in some certain county were feeling the same way about a possible commuter train. Possibly  Eureka down to Fortuna?"
Jun 15
Emilio Galo replied to Richard Sotelo's discussion SMART extension to Corte Madera
"Seeing SMART utilize the yard in Hopland would be interesting. My question: Is there enough room for SMART and their proposed ideas? I mean it would be great to take a train all the way up to Hopland, and then take a connecting bus to Ukiah for the…"
Jun 15
Richard Sotelo commented on Emilio Galo's photo

NWP Railroad Retirement

"  He was born in 1918. Lived in San Rafael at 137 west end Ave. According to a 1940 census. He died in Nov, 2000. Not a bad retirement. He was 82. He was 60 when he retired from NWP.  "
Jun 11
Al Merkrebs commented on Emilio Galo's photo

NWP Railroad Retirement

"There is a picture of a younger Eugene "Gene" Ely in Angelo Figone's book on the NWP, on page 123. Ironically, the photo is of a group of NWP officials celebrating the retirement of well-known engineer Clarence "C.E." Parr.…"
Jun 10
Jennifer commented on Emilio Galo's photo

NWP Railroad Retirement

"It's from 1978 Emilio, or so it says here"
Jun 10
Emilio Galo replied to Richard Sotelo's discussion SMART addresses vegetation problem on large non-revenue property in Corte Madera
"Does this mean that SMART is considering starting the construction on the northern portion to Cloverdale?"
Jun 9
Emilio Galo posted a photo

NWP Railroad Retirement

Very Interesting article I found on the web. I'm guessing this must have been back in the late 60's or early 70's?
Jun 9
Emilio Galo commented on James Bradley, Jr.'s blog post Cost of Repairs - NWP Track North of Windsor
"Correction: 5 years."
Jun 9
Emilio Galo updated their profile
Mar 10
Emilio Galo replied to Emilio Galo's discussion NWP: End of the Line (Is this railroad too far gone for help?)
"Hey Fred, I am not sure. It seems that THA is doing their best to keep the rails around. Perhaps Jeff Moore will be your best bet on this. I am not sure myself."
Mar 10
Zachary M. Toler commented on Emilio Galo's photo

Possible development in Humboldt?

"Don't hold your breath, that sign has been there for years with no activity. Seems like it's been there 10 years or so..."
Mar 9
Fred M. Cain commented on Emilio Galo's blog post Is the Northern End still in consideration for reopening service to Eureka?
"Well, I can say here that there was a guy on the North Coast Daylight when I rode it in the summer of '88 who appeared to me as if he knew what he was talking about.  He was very friendly and I struck up a conversation with him. At the…"
Feb 14
Fred M. Cain replied to Emilio Galo's discussion NWP: End of the Line (Is this railroad too far gone for help?)
"Well, as the greenhouse skeleton clearly shows, that short section of track is still in pretty good shape.  Just needs a few ties changed, new ballast and surfaced. Regards, Fred M. Cain"
Feb 12

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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
I saw it on my search results for NWP Railroad
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
CWR #45, NWP #3190, NWP #1922

Emilio Galo's Blog

Could reopening the line between Cloverdale and Redwood Valley be less expensive?

I know this might be a far fetched idea, but would reactivating the corridor between Redwood Valley and Cloverdale be less expensive than trying to reopen the line to South Fork? Judging by the pictures I've seen of the Russian River Canyon, all the tracks need is ballast filled in and brush removed. The tunnels are in great shape too, (Except tunnel #4, was that the one that caught fire?) but could that be fixed? Also, maybe CWR could take advantage of this as well, and run their…


Posted on March 19, 2018 at 2:33pm — 5 Comments

Is the Northern End still in consideration for reopening service to Eureka?

I was wondering if service would ever return to the northern end of the railroad, as they have returned to the southern portion of the line. I know it would take a lot of cash and a lot of repair work, but could it be done? I think it could be done. I would like to see trains running north again, even if it is in the distant future. 

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 11:00am — 27 Comments

Some news on THA, We are getting closer to Trains running again!

Found out some handy information on THA from a fellow NWP fan.

One, current operating negotiations between THA and NRCA specify speeder-only on the Samoa, Eureka, Fortuna, and Loleta segments. Two, the closest thing operable in the collection (that isn't Falk 1) is a 44 tonner in 
mid-restoration state, and everything in the facilities is landlocked from the NWP, sitting on panel track. Three, the museum's current goals (obviously dictated on…


Posted on August 11, 2016 at 10:22am

Is NWP repairing this locomotive? I'm confused.

Came across this picture on the web, and it appears that 4347 has had all of her lights replaced, is NWP planning to repair her? If you have any information regarding this locomotive, please let me know. Also, what is the current status of #3804? Is she still sitting in the dead line?

Emilio Galo…


Posted on August 3, 2016 at 3:21am — 4 Comments

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At 8:52pm on January 13, 2019, Richard C. Brand said…


I love your comments.  I am now a member of the local Sonoma Cty group titled Friends of SMART" and they have a meeting in Petaluma this coming Wednesday before the SMART Board meeting.

If you want me to bring up something at that meeting send me a note.

At 4:33pm on June 9, 2016, Andrew Roth said…

Hey Emilio, thanks for the comment on my wall! Unfortunately they can't put a P3 on 1501 due to the K3LA being locked on (something UP did to it). 

At 7:34am on November 4, 2013, Mark Drury said…

Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Emilio! 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,

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