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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.

America’s Boxcar Pool Has a Leak in CSX

From WSJ, 2018-06-11:Company pulled some railcars out of a sharing system, irking rivals and International Paper…Continue

Tags: AllTranstek, Decline, TTX, Leak, Boxcar

Started Jun 11, 2018

GE to Merge Rail Division With Wabtec in $11 Billion Deal

Deal is the first major portfolio move in new GE CEO John Flannery’s attempt to revamp the struggling conglomerateFrom WSJ, 2018-05-21:…Continue

Tags: Fort, Worth, Diesel, Locomotives, Wabtec

Started May 21, 2018

Freight Railroads Get Boost from Tight Trucking Markets

From WSJ, 2018-04-30:Retailers, manufacturers facing capacity squeeze on the highways are taking a slower path through intermodal rail to keep shipments moving…Continue

Tags: historical, trucking, record, increasing, traffic

Started May 1, 2018

 

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Dave S. replied to Fred M. Cain's discussion Automatic Block Signal System
"At Burdell there were actually two types of signals: 1)  Red/Green dwarf signals at the spring switches at each end of the very long siding to protect facing point moves over the spring switches. 2)  Pole mounted white signals which (as…"
3 hours ago
Dave S. replied to Fred M. Cain's discussion Automatic Block Signal System
"I would imagine that the number of crossarms on those wayside poles is proportional to the number of telephone circuits, and perhaps some additional circuits for local signalling purposes.  In San Rafael I think today there still stands one or…"
3 hours ago
Dave S. replied to Fred M. Cain's discussion Automatic Block Signal System
"Fred:  I would also like a definitive account of signal systems on the NWP, so if you find that let me know. But we can assume that the NWP was mostly dark territory. The interurban system definitely had them:  various generations of…"
7 hours ago
Dave S. replied to Paul Gardner's discussion Great Redwood Trail
"If there isn't going to be a railroad I would hope they could open up a hiking trail.  It seems like the cost of an actual paved bike trail would be enormous and difficult to justify, but if a hiking trail is opened first, sections could…"
8 hours ago
Fred M. Cain left a comment for Dave S.
"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…"
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Dave S. replied to Mark Drury's discussion Network Formatting Issues
"Looks like we are back to normal now!"
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Dave S. commented on Richard C. Brand's blog post Napa Valley Wine Train gets $1.7M grant to green the popular tourist line
"From the NVWT website: Locomotive 73 The only passenger locomotive to operate on CNG and one of the first locomotives to convert, ALCO Locomotive 73 is a clean-air locomotive that has saved more than 225,000 gallons of diesel. Acquired in such a…"
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Dave S. replied to Mark Drury's discussion Network Formatting Issues
"Today, on Windows I've tried Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome.  On iOS I've tried Safari, Firefox, and Chrome:  ALL browsers exhibit formatting issues, and worse:  many links are unavailable. Richard:  in your…"
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Dave S. replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion Thanks and support for Mark
"I am extremely grateful for this commercial-free platform for NWP, SMART, CFNR, CWR, A&MR, P&SR, etc. discussions.  Also, despite the technical problems, this site offers a much better way to organize, store, search, and browse the NWP…"
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"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…"
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"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…"
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"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…"
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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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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 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.
At 9:16pm on December 23, 2010, Bob Burns said…

Dave,

      Well as anticipated the Wingo excursion got cancelled due to ....Flooding! So it will be rescheduled for the summer, possibly next spring if I get the time. Sonoma Creek is full and when the tide comes in it floods the upper end of Millerick Road. The gal where we were supposed to stay has friends that live in Wingo and she was going to make arriangments for us to go out there. Plus visit some of the Sonoma Land Company Camps, there were 8-10 I believe. Including the land on both sides of HWY 37 west of the Skaggs Island turnoff and Hwy 121, Skaggs Island itself were both Land Company Camps.  That was Tolay Creek that had the lift span at Sears Point in those photos I posted to the Forum. Hard to believe it was a navigable waterway at one time. Do you know anything about the Navy ship up the Napa River from Mare Island? Saw it once when flying from Sonoma into the Napa Airport. It was laying on it's side on the east bank of the river all rusted out, looked like it may have been a Destroyer Escort. Story I was told was it broke loose one night and floated upstream with the tide and grounded itself. Navy salvaged most of it then abandoned it. I don't know if the hulk is still there though.  Anyway I'll post on the forum when I might get back down there. If you email me direct you can use the email address i sent with the DVD.  Bob B.

 
 
 

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