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Awfully Muddy, The Rise and Fall of the NWP
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Humboldt State University, 2018 History Award Papers, 1st Prize:See "Download" link on this…Continue

Tags: Fall, Northwestern, Pacific, Rise, Muddy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Mar 1.

Mendocino County Railway Society Newsletter Excerpts
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Stumbled upon this interesting webpage.  Fifteen years of history on the NWP route from 1989 through 2004.  Topics include:  Eureka Southern, NWP, New NWP, Sierra Club, NCRA, and other State…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard C. Brand Mar 12.

Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging
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Article in today's WSJ:  download PDF below.What could this mean for the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fred M. Cain Feb 8.

 

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Dave S. commented on Luketherailfan's photo
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1922 in BN paint

"Well, this 1922 isn't the NWP 1922, is it?  I'm not a locomotive expert, but besides the cab window "appendage" that Richard points out, our 1922 has ditch lights.  Also, the number boards are in a completely different…"
Mar 19
Chad Glover commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Highway 37 To Close Overnight For Crossing Repairs at Sears Point

"Yes Dave, I slow to 20mph to cross that. Just terrible "
Mar 16
Dave S. commented on Dave S.'s photo
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Highway 37 To Close Overnight For Crossing Repairs at Sears Point

"That crossing has been in bad shape for a long, long time, especially eastbound.  When traveling in that direction at any rate of speed, my head nearly goes through the roof of my car after being launched into the air by that terrible crossing!"
Mar 15
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Highway 37 To Close Overnight For Crossing Repairs at Sears Point

Article in Vallejo Times~Herald newspaper, Friday, 2019-03-15. The article headline says that the work will happen this weekend, but the body of the article says the work is happening overnight, beginning Saturday, 2019-03-23. First time I've seen…
Mar 15
Dave S. replied to Mark Drury's discussion Network Formatting Issues
"Looks like we are back to normal again!"
Mar 13
Richard C. Brand replied to Dave S.'s discussion Mendocino County Railway Society Newsletter Excerpts
"Luke that is awesome.  Will take some reading time to absorb it all.  But one item grabbed my attention. <Joanna Avilla, Standard Structures, Santa Rosa: "I should say that the existence of Standard Structures is dependent upon the…"
Mar 12
Luketherailfan replied to Dave S.'s discussion Mendocino County Railway Society Newsletter Excerpts
"Very interesting."
Mar 12
Dave S. commented on Luketherailfan's photo
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CWR m-300

"Very sad.  At least the windows look intact."
Mar 12
Dave S. posted a status
"Looks like NING has screwed up the rendering of this site again. :("
Mar 12
Dave S. commented on Zachary M. Toler's photo
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Timber Heritage Assn. in Fortuna 2013

"Another odd thing about this crossing is this view to the right of the above image: https://goo.gl/maps/kcpQjawrcs32 Warning lights that face the parking lot.  I assume the concern was that some people might simply drive off the curb and…"
Mar 10
Dave S. commented on Zachary M. Toler's photo
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Timber Heritage Assn. in Fortuna 2013

"Yesterday I posted an incorrect Google Street View link of this crossing, showing Kenmar Rd instead of 12th Street.  Oops! Here's the correct link.  Notice the tattered and weathered bags on the crossing warning lamps.  (Spin…"
Mar 10
Dave S. commented on Zachary M. Toler's photo
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Timber Heritage Assn. in Fortuna 2013

"A May 2018 street view of this intersection shows the warning lights still bagged (but tattered and weathered).  A freshly planted sign nearby says "TRACKS OUT OF SERVICE".  Tracks (plural), even though there's just…"
Mar 9
Dave S. commented on Zachary M. Toler's photo
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Timber Heritage Assn. in Fortuna 2013

"I've never seen this done before.  Are the warning lights bagged because they were being activated (needlessly?) by the speeders, or to communicate to motorists that the lights are out of service?  Would love to know what the sign…"
Mar 9
Dave S. commented on Zachary M. Toler's photo
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Timber Heritage Assn. in Fortuna 2013

"Bond wire for rail joint shown here. It was my understanding that speeders had insulated axles, preventing grade crossing warning systems from activating. Is that the case here? I will ask about the bagged warning devices next."
Mar 9
Dave S. replied to Jeff Moore's discussion Slip Sliding Away in the Eel River Canyon
"Oops!  As Jeff Moore points out below, I botched the spelling of two of these towns (Fernbridge and Ferndale).  I'm usually much more careful about such things, and meant no disrespect to the inhabitants or anyone who has a connection…"
Mar 2
Jennifer replied to Dave S.'s discussion Awfully Muddy, The Rise and Fall of the NWP
"Many thanks Dave!"
Mar 1

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New Book: The NWP, Lifeline of the Redwood Empire, Boom and Bust 1951-2001

I just received this fabulous new book and it is a must-have for all NWP fans.  Tons of crisp and clear photos, most I've never seen before.  Lots of interesting stories from railroad employees.  Lots of detailed information about the most-recent 50 years of operation!

I've got my reading to do and am looking forward to going through this great volume page by page.  I just wanted to share my enthusiasm for this new book so that others can enjoy it too.

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Posted on August 7, 2017 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

Too Many Railcars, Too Little Freight (WSJ 2016-12-02)



Too Many Railcars, Too Little Freight

Rail equipment sits idle as commodities slump, changes in energy market cut into demand…



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Posted on December 2, 2016 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

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At 8:03am on February 21, 2019, Fred M. Cain said…

Dave,

An interesting piece of trivia on the electrics,  I read somewhere years ago that during the early design phase of the Golden Gate Bridge, they were making allowances for a second deck that would have accommodated the NWP's commuter trains.  But the SP, which owned the NWP, wanted no part of this.  They just wanted out of the commute business in Marin County - period.  So, that never happened.  However, it's fun to try and imagine what might've been.  If that'd happened the line might've survived the war and into the 1950s and '60s as traffic jams on the GGB got worse and worse.  It could've had an ending similar to the commute trains to San Jose.  But, sadly, that just never happened.

Then again, the electric commuter trains on the Bay Bridge to Oakland survived the war only to perish in the 1950s so maybe not.

Regards,

FMC

At 5:54am on February 19, 2019, Fred M. Cain said…

Dave,

I didn't have a picture like that so I "borrowed" it from the railroad museum at Sunol.  I sure hope they don't mind.  I guess if they do, I'll just take it back off.  I wondered if those signals are actually operational at Sunol.  The picture suggests that they really might be.

By the way, I know it's off topic from the NWP but when I was in high school in the late 1960s, we were living in the Phoenix area.  The SP's Phoenix subdivision had many, many of these semaphores.  I took a number of pictures of them which I subsequently lost over the years.  :(

The Phoenix area was a tough place to be a train fan due to the sparsity of traffic.  There were trains 1 & 2 the Sunset Limited with #2 going east at around 7:00 am and west around 11:00 pm (when it was on time) so I rarely got to see that.  There was a daily Phoenix-Tucson road freight which at that time ran up to 100 cars or more but that also usually went through at inconvenient times.

That left the two local way freights which ran at good, mid-day hours for me and I'd could sometimes catch.

I first read about the NWP electrics when I was in high school and obtained a copy of William D. Middleton's The Interurban Era.  In many regards, it wasn't really  a true interurban but was more like an electric commuter rail line like they had back east.  But some of the equipment was very interurbanish which I guess is why he included it.

I think he stated in there that the third rail was placed on redwood blocks instead of porcelain insulators.  That surprised me.  I have always wondered if they had voltage loss issues in periods of wet weather.

Regards,

Fred M. Cain

At 11:41am on February 12, 2019, Fred M. Cain said…

Dave,

The one from Sage is word-for-word identical.  I get spammers and phishers all the time but I have to confess, I fell for "James Pollard" this time because for some crazy reason out of wishful thinking, I thought maybe he had NEWS on the Humboldt & Eastern and/or the Eel River.

I don't think he really hacked into my e-mail 'cause I did not click on a URL but in any event I changed my password just in case.

Regards,

Fred M. Cain

At 9:31am on February 12, 2019, Fred M. Cain said…

Dave,

He also told me that he'd hacked my e-mail account months ago and was monitoring everything.  Well, I knew that wasn't true 'cause I didn't receive his e-mail threat until an hour after I contacted him.  He English is terrible - so bad that I just about couldn't understand some of it.  The moderator needs to delete the user code from the group since obviously he has no genuine interest in the NWPRR.

By the way, on a cheerier note, I e-mailed Bryan Whipple this morning and he responded!  So, I asked him some questions about the possible repair of the Eel River Canyon trackage.  We'll see what he says if he responds.  If he tells me that it can never be done, that will end it all for me 'cause I believe he would know for sure!


Regard,

Fred M. Cain

At 8:46am on February 12, 2019, Fred M. Cain said…

Thanks, Dave.  After I asked "James Pollard" what he needed, I received a very threatening e-mail.  I tried to copy and paste it here but received an error message that I cannot send more that 5000 characters.  Suffice it to say it was threatening and demanded that I send $1000 in bitcoin OR ELSE! He will reveal all the porn videos that I watched to EVERYONE!  BUT ! I have never watched any porn videos.

Regards,

Fred M. Cain

At 9:57am on February 9, 2017, Richard C. Brand said…

Hello Dave:

Karl is no longer an NWPRR.net member so hope you will return once again to add to the group.

Richard

At 11:34am on December 23, 2016, Jennifer said…

Hi Dave,  Thanks, and happy holidays/ merry x-mas to you and yours!  :-)

At 11:24pm on November 7, 2016, Richard C. Brand said…

Dave I like your comments to issues on the site.  I'm normally not a "friender" as I've never seen you but thanks for the invite.

At 10:08pm on January 1, 2011, Mark Drury said…
Glad you're finding the site useful, Dave! And, yes, the "x" does delete a comment, and I noticed your comment was gone when I clicked the link in the email letting me know you had left one, but figured I would comment back just in case (I was pretty sure you had found the SPINS but felt a comment couldn't hurt). Regarding the SPINS, all I have are the JPEG files which were uploaded to the network, but I could pretty easily turn those into individual PDFs for easier viewing (grouping them into one PDF may be a little more work).

And the search feature has been on the network from day one, but it could definitely be a little easier to find, as you point out. Hope you had a great New Year and thanks for your contributions to our network! Regards,

Mark D.
At 4:51pm on December 31, 2010, Mark Drury said…
Hello Dave,

The NWP SPINS album may be found here:

http://nwprr.net/photo/albums/nwp-spins

It is not a complete set but is very interesting, all the same. Have a great New Year! Regards,

Mark D.
 
 
 

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