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Feed and Grain holding pattern.....
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   It is great to see the NWP hauling many cars of feed and grain to Petaluma.  That is good.  The fact that no other prospects are currently active or aggressively seeking rail service... is not a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jbriogrande Feb 11, 2012.

Tunnel to San Rafael
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   It appears to me that the new NWP is not looking for business in the San Rafael area as the tunnel will not accomodate anything other than pedestrians, bikers, and SMART trains.  Is that…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jbriogrande Jan 13, 2012.

NWP Activity 28 Oct 2011
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   NWP movement headed toward Petaluma this AM.  Through Schellville at 09:33 am.  Not sure what the consist is at present.  Good photo opportunities if you are out on the line today.......JBRioGrandeContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jbriogrande Oct 29, 2011.


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"   This is a great idea.....unfortunately the political scene in CA is.... U.Sh.Creek.  Give them a purpose in life....and they will come.  I would like to see an organization that would provide housing, feed the employees,…"
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   SMART having a good portion of it's line single tracked may be in for a Firestorm when troubling events cripple the line.  On the San Francisco Peninsula (Cal Train), when a conflict with an auto or individual arises (being run over or in to), the train is required to stop until authorities have gone over the scene, and recovered items and cleared the site.  Many times this can take a good chunk of time.  The route down there is all double tracked so that events like this do not…


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Posted on June 7, 2015 at 4:59pm — 3 Comments

NWP 70's to it's demise...a living legacy...

 This may be old news to most, but for those new to the NWP Network...this is a story worth retalling.  In September of 1997, before the final year of operation, I was lucky enough to have worked as a Conductor on a few of the last jobs on the NWP, with Conductor/Engineer's Randy Peterson and Ed Lynch.  It is a story that has become a real legacy of railroad history.  I hope that you enjoy this article by…


Posted on June 7, 2015 at 4:50pm

Rail Poetry Espee from Nam

   During my time in Vietnam some other guys and myself.....'rails' wrote some poetry from our time on the railroads before being called up....we were all in the combat engineers in Pleiku, 20th Battalion.  I had worked out of Bayshore yards in SF on the Coast Division, and penned this free verse one night.

"We sat in the shanty,...After making the drive (from 3rd and Townscend HQ); The crewmen kept busy, the trains were alive.     We walked to the platform, amidst the great…


Posted on April 13, 2014 at 2:58pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:26pm on February 18, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

Don't blame you   getting to be rat race down here   I just thought maybe I might bump into you in town of Sonoma    Anyway, I have heard of Kamloops, but I don't remember where   From little I hear, CP is doing fine.  No job openings for engineers?

At 5:47pm on February 18, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

JB   Not to be too personal, but did you not say once that now you work in Sonoma? If so, so do I (whoopee!). But your page says Canada?

At 7:40pm on August 8, 2010, Mark Drury said…
Meant to get back to you sooner, JB. Do you know Jerry Kitts? He worked the canyon round the same time you did, I think, on the Eureka Southern. He took some amazing photos in the canyon and shared them on the network, found here:

Would love to hear more about your time working in the canyon and elsewhere if/when you have the time and inclination. Regards,

Mark D.
At 10:13pm on July 29, 2010, Greg Stras said…
JB, comments cut me off. Didn't finish about my uncle, Floyd. You said he smoked a pipe. Well, Floyd always smoked a cigar so maybe that wasn't him. Floyd died last December at 85. He hired out in 1948 and worked until 1986, so he saw the good times with the NWP–Sausalito, Tiburon runs.
Thanks for your stories, JB. Always nice to hear from another rail–Greg
At 10:06pm on July 29, 2010, Greg Stras said…
JB, Yeah, 1983 was when the SP shut down the north end. All those guys in Eureka came down to the south end to work. I was cut off in Nov. of that year and wasn't called back until April 1987.
Saw Darryl Beardall at the NWP lunch about six months ago. He's doing fine. Retired.
At 7:00pm on July 28, 2010, Mark Drury said…
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Mark Drury

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