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Feed and Grain good.....NWP.....in 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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jbriogrande replied to Emilio Galo's discussion NWP: End of the Line (Is this railroad too far gone for help?)
"Addenda.....forgot to mention.....for someone is bound to ask.....did the SD40's, and larger units ever make it up to Eureka?  No.....they were used up to Willits, but no furthe....r because of weight restrictions.....namely 'Scotia…"
Jul 28, 2016
jbriogrande replied to Emilio Galo's discussion NWP: End of the Line (Is this railroad too far gone for help?)
"Thankyou Jeff for spelling it out.....I remember well the mid 70's when trains coming South out of Eureka consistently had 100 cars or more.  Trains rolling through Ukiah both North and South many times had somewhere in the neighborhood of…"
Jul 28, 2016
jbriogrande replied to Emilio Galo's discussion NWP: End of the Line (Is this railroad too far gone for help?)
"Any thoughts of reconstruction on the North End out of Willits would not be constructive....but it does make for an interesting discussion.  If Eureka did become an Industrial Hub, a new railroad connection would best be built by U.P. from the…"
Jun 25, 2016
jbriogrande commented on Emilio Galo's photo
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Eel river track bed

"Bad track ????  No Way......This is one of the sections where the track is still in good shape.  Wouldn't say much for the roadbed though.  Might be a little risky.........."
Jan 24, 2016
jbriogrande commented on Sean Mitchell's photo
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The Last Train in the Canyon

" Running that train or any train at that time was not wise......just like the NWP management at that time. You can't squeeze a lemon after it has been crushed by a steamroller.  It's totally out of juice!!!  You can't…"
Nov 5, 2015
Dave S. commented on jbriogrande's blog post SMART and SAFETY CONCERNS
"Below, David Edmondson says that the gauntlet tracks are required due to outdated CPUC regulations.   But others members have stated (elsewhere) that because there are no gauntlet tracks south of the Ignacio wye, the NWP won't be able to…"
Oct 31, 2015
jbriogrande commented on Peter Donahue Fan's video
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SMART DMUs Cross Haystack First Time

"Thankyou.....Great video of the first new Haystack Crossing........the workers alongside the tracks look bushed.......Very fine operator....."
Oct 17, 2015
jbriogrande replied to Carl O'Connor's discussion Piggyback Trailers on the NWP
" Good thought Carl.  Unfortunately, the railroad is just too slow for 'Hot' cargo or anything else.....and inefficient at moving it from door to door on a timely basis.  Bob Cleek has a good idea about possibly building a…"
Aug 10, 2015
Carl Casale commented on jbriogrande's blog post SMART and SAFETY CONCERNS
"They didn't even have enough money to complete the entire project with single track. Cloverdale and Healdsburg construction isn't close to funded."
Aug 7, 2015
David Edmondson commented on jbriogrande's blog post SMART and SAFETY CONCERNS
"The gauntlet tracks are due to outdated CPUC regulations regarding platform distance from freight trains."
Aug 1, 2015
Dave S. commented on jbriogrande's blog post SMART and SAFETY CONCERNS
"I do applaud SMART for trying to conserve funds by trying a combination of single track and passing tracks instead of spending a ton more money on double-tracking.  (It also makes for an interesting traffic management problem.)  If…"
Aug 1, 2015
David Edmondson commented on jbriogrande's blog post SMART and SAFETY CONCERNS
"Quiet zones will keep the cars out, but: Caltrain also has problems with cars closing the whole track. This will not be different for SMART. the reason why it wasn't double tracked to begin with is because of cost. The amount it would take to…"
Aug 1, 2015
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SMART and SAFETY CONCERNS

   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 cripple the…See More
Aug 1, 2015
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jbriogrande commented on Richard A Custer's photo
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Ukiah,Ca.

"This is old news.....top signal light red:  office is open, must have clearance and Train Orders to proceed.  Bottom signal green:  office is closed, block is clear, no Train Orders.  Bottom signal, Train Orders, usually handed…"
Jul 24, 2015

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SMART and SAFETY CONCERNS

   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 August 1, 2015 at 8:43am — 5 Comments

Correction to Post jbriogrande NWP Legacy

  Sometimes the links are corrupt,....I made a mistake here:  I was corrupted.......

  Please type into address bar:  http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Workin-on-the-Railroad-The-Northwestern-2828637.php#photo-2219156

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 S.F.gate.com.…

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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…

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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:

http://nwprr.net/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=3kgryrvuk8tkq

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…
Welcome to the NWPRR Network! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. I'm adding content daily and am actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury
 
 
 

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