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RDC SP 10 returning to NorCal
3 Replies,139919,139919#msg-139919In short:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard C. Brand Nov 30, 2016.

North Bay housing costs have SMART scrambling for engineers
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jordan Oct 27, 2016.

NASCAR Express 2014
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Sunday, June 22nd.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mari S. Emmons Jun 19, 2014.

NWP Power thread on AP

Interesting thread on Altamont Press regarding motive power on the NWP. Covers heavy locomotives wandering onto NWP territory, EUKA, and the Seaboard demonstrator set that ran on the NWP in the 70's.…Continue

Started Sep 6, 2013


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Fred M. Cain commented on Jordan's blog post Why the Eel River Route can't, and shouldn't, be rebuilt
"I realize that this blog is almost 6 years old now but I am hoping it could be brought up to date.  Jordan's comments were very well stated and he made an excellent case as to why the railroad should not be rebuilt.  At the end he…"
Feb 14
Dave S. commented on Jordan's photo

NWP Timetable

"Jordan: I just discovered this album! This is awesome! Any further developments? I'm interested because I've been wanting to do a software project just like this: the NWP set in modern times with a state-of-the art CTC system.  But a…"
Dec 12, 2017

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Why the Eel River Route can't, and shouldn't, be rebuilt


I wrote this in response to a status a few days back, but it's gotten buried and I think this is an important topic considering the possible bankruptcy filing by NCRA.

"I worked with a couple of parties in Colorado, who were interested in operating the Eureka Southern after it went bankrupt in 86 or 87. One party took one hyrail trip and walked away from it. He showed me the track book that Michael Ongerth (Former Vice President and General Manager of the NWP, SP…


Posted on August 2, 2013 at 3:48pm — 36 Comments

The (Redwood) Empire Strikes Back

Alright guys, so I have a friend who works for a software development company that produces performance engines for video games, in addition they also make add-ons for various train simulators. A potential new project is tentatively titled "The (Redwood) Empire Strikes Back". It will be modeling a modern day NWP in an alternate reality in which the lumber industry is booming and the deepwater Port of Humboldt Bay provides the NWP with many trains carrying goods for import and export. Smart…


Posted on April 22, 2013 at 12:58pm — 27 Comments

Crazy Idea to Reopen Entire Line

Now I know every once in a while somebody gets a crazy idea to make the line viable all the way to Humboldt, most of which involve gravel, containers, donkeys, etc. But has anyone ever considered that what would be most likely to open the line is not freight at all? I'm not talking an excursion train. I'm not talking about bringing back the North Coast Daylight or the Budd car from the dead here. I'm talking about intercity rail here. Something bigger than just the Eel River Canyon. I'm…


Posted on August 31, 2012 at 11:30pm — 22 Comments

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At 10:08pm on May 22, 2013, Mike Davis said…

wow, sounds like main line railroading might not be the best option for me, more like shortline work or just not get into railroading altogether. I might just stick to railfanning and model railroading and instead try and become an electrician  or better yet work for the locomotive maintainence or track maintenance department of a railroad

At 11:56pm on May 21, 2013, Mike Davis said…

I just have one more question for you for now, does working in railroading make relationship difficult or impossible to maintain? 

At 11:47am on May 18, 2013, Mike Davis said…

regarding hazmat rules, how many cars are you required to have between any occupied locomotive or caboose and any hazmat car? does this number vary between switching and locals? and does an unoccupied locomotive in an MU consist count as something between an occupied locomotive and a hazmat car?

At 5:31pm on April 1, 2013, Mike Davis said…

how much do railroads like BNSF pay?

At 8:11pm on March 31, 2013, Mike Davis said…

Between UP, BNSF, Amtrak and NWP, who would be the best railroad to work for? i'm thinking BNSF or NWP.

At 8:49pm on February 19, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

Thanks for the reply and info.  Amtrack kind of scary as each president and congress want to mess with it. BNSF should be pretty good company to work for. Do they still have senority roster and if so are you are high enough?.  As you know the decades back rosters were full of the real old guys because they cut out all the young ones when they went from steam to diesel.  But all that must  have passed by now making it more balanced. That is, IF they even have them

At 10:04pm on February 18, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

Went to same train expo sunday. never been to one in my life. So impressed with current technology. Looking at photos, you must be modeler .   The new DCC stuff is incredible.  Our old HO was so bad, rubber band drives etc. Wind up key was more reliable  Plastic wheels derailed, some because track poorly set. dead spots account loose joiners etc. Now, do you spend alot of time at it?

At 8:11pm on December 13, 2012, Jim McCarter said…

Why would they want a six axle for a yard switching job? I would think they are best suited for road/switching? Also, none of my business, but in previous comment you said "if you have it your way, you won't be there much longer". Being curious, does that mean you are tranferring or getting out of railroading?

At 7:53pm on February 23, 2010, Jim Harville said…
No such luck, but I did get a shot of the old Forney loc they have on the property. Ex Disney loco I think.

At 6:43pm on February 23, 2010, Jim Harville said…
Then you will REALLY like my Knott's Berry Farm Album! Some great shots of Denver & Rio Grande #340 and other rolling stock. I will probably have that one up tomorrow. I will send you a friend invite so you can see the whole albums, not just what I release to the main page. Thanks for the interest!!


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