Northwestern Pacific Railroad Network

Dedicated to Sharing the Heritage of Redwood Empire Railroading

All Blog Posts (189)

"Ring of Fire" early 60's - David Janssen, on TCM this morning

ends w/ excellent 10 minutes or so of passengers & crew fleeing 2 coaches pushed by steam lomotive stuck on trestle inferno. hostess said it was filmed in CA - OR during 2 out of control fires & all wreckage is still at the bottom of the gorge.

Added by steve lang on May 13, 2017 at 3:10pm — 3 Comments

As Test Trains Start on SMART on Friday, Quiet Zones In Effect in San Rafel and Novato

Hi All,

CBS SF Bay Area reports SMART service could start as soon as June 8th amid concerns from SMART about safety at Rail Crossings where Quiet Zone is in effect.  Video shows people from the city staff handing out flyers about safety awareness at grade crossings.

Find the Video HERE

I posted…

Continue

Added by James Caestecker on May 13, 2017 at 11:51am — 4 Comments

NWP and SP Apparel

My wife came across this site thought I would share, they have some good stuff on here from NWP, SP, and a bunch of others.

http://www.daylightsales.com/index.php/cPath/1/osCsid/kd9pglotgfnmvtcj9mkt1a0kc0

Added by Sean Purtell on May 12, 2017 at 4:42pm — 4 Comments

GGRM update from Steve Coons on FB

 

GGRM update: We are getting close to a move date, need to leak test 1 car get a single car test done on all cars and finish the annual insp on SP 2472 started on 6 may. The good thing is we have 5 yrs left on the boiler time on 2472 before she's due a form 4 teardown. When all this work is done ( during for 2472 ) we can then call the FRA and the UP to come and inspect our equipment, if it all passes there checks then its just a mater of arranging a move date with the UP. Stay tuned…

Continue

Added by Steve Atnip on May 7, 2017 at 8:25pm — 7 Comments

Is the Northern End still in consideration for reopening service to Eureka?

I was wondering if service would ever return to the northern end of the railroad, as they have returned to the southern portion of the line. I know it would take a lot of cash and a lot of repair work, but could it be done? I think it could be done. I would like to see trains running north again, even if it is in the distant future. 

Added by Emilio Galo on March 7, 2017 at 11:00am — 26 Comments

Serious RR collection on Craigslist

I tripped over this new ad on Craigslist.  https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/atq/6013328045.html  It looks like a very serious RR collection is being liquidated.  Perhaps some of the collectors in here might be interested.

Added by Bob Cleek on February 27, 2017 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Statis of the Eel River Water Level This Winter

I haven't heard any news about the Eel River flooding this winter on the Bay Area News Stations, so I guess everyone up in the Eureka Area is okay.  With the King Tides and melting snow, and constant rain and wind I thought we might hear something dire about the ROW from the area?  Anything to report?

Curious Paul

Added by Paul Gardner on January 15, 2017 at 12:55pm — 5 Comments

Merry Christmas from the Carolan Pacific

Added by Jennifer on December 24, 2016 at 1:21pm — No Comments

NWP Narrow Gauge caboose No. 6101 at Ardenwood

Howdy, all.

I'm sending this out as an update on the ongoing restoration of the NWP narrow gauge caboose at The Railroad Museum at Ardenwood, in Fremont, CA.

When we accepted this caboose from California State Railroad Museum back in 2007, we knew it was going to need a lot of work.  The peculiar 1968-69 "restoration" -- really a heroic renovation -- done by Bethlehem Steel's San Francisco shipyard crew kept the car from falling apart but introduced dozen of…

Continue

Added by Kevin Bunker on December 17, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 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…



Continue

Added by Dave S. on December 2, 2016 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

Trying Something New

for our model railroad web-presence:

Carolan Pacific Railroad

Added by Jennifer on November 17, 2016 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Tank cars

Looks like SMART wants to end the NWP freight operations over the tank car issue. Now what?

Added by Michael Barron on September 30, 2016 at 4:49pm — 3 Comments

Un Blast-o *from* El Past-o

Enjoy this interesting map:  Proposed BART system 1961

Added by Jennifer on September 29, 2016 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Very Local Ferroequinology

Thanks (mucho) to Nippon, aka Mr. Fan for the map info from one of his previous posts regarding Hamilton Field trackage. 

I discovered that the area where our apartment complex now stands, which was built in '72, has an interesting railroad history.  I've not been able to find any lingering evidence apart from the spacing of some of the industrial/retail buildings to the south that suggest former trackage (with the map as guide).  From other photos and written accounts of days…

Continue

Added by Jennifer on September 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

On Northward

Once the Larkspur to Cloverdale route is finally in place (and, hopefully, very successful), has anyone heard any comments or rumblings, from Mendocino and Humboldt counties, about running the line further north?

Richard

Added by Richard Hill on September 24, 2016 at 11:21am — No Comments

downtown Santa Rosa station

well after dark on 2016 June 01 (June 1st): noticed well maintained W track, but wuts go'n on w/ the E track being transformed into 2 parallel approximately 2 foot guage tracks?! this occurs on a football field length stretch w/ a switch @ each end. big sign proclaims sumthing like :"DANGER - KEEP OFF - SPEED TEST AREA". & WOULDN'T U KNO IT - the distance between these two 2 foot guage tracks is quite likely 8 & a half inches, minus the top surface width of 2 rails.

Added by steve lang on September 21, 2016 at 3:02pm — 7 Comments

SF - Denver - Chama, Aug '16

From our Amtrak/C&T excursion:

Colorado…

Continue

Added by Jennifer on September 8, 2016 at 4:45pm — 7 Comments

I have interest in the history of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad starting with the construction time frame, the companies that built the lines north, a timeline of construction to each town, and h…

I have interest in the history of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad starting with the construction time frame, the companies that built the lines north, a timeline of construction to each town, and history of the people that built and ran the early railroad. I am in Windsor and a member of the Windsor Historical Society and interested in stories and photos of the era for a possible display for the museum. My request is a little direction for gathering…

Continue

Added by David Turnes on August 28, 2016 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

Some news on THA, We are getting closer to Trains running again!

Found out some handy information on THA from a fellow NWP fan.

One, current operating negotiations between THA and NRCA specify speeder-only on the Samoa, Eureka, Fortuna, and Loleta segments. Two, the closest thing operable in the collection (that isn't Falk 1) is a 44 tonner in 
mid-restoration state, and everything in the facilities is landlocked from the NWP, sitting on panel track. Three, the museum's current goals (obviously dictated on…

Continue

Added by Emilio Galo on August 11, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments

Is NWP repairing this locomotive? I'm confused.

Came across this picture on the web, and it appears that 4347 has had all of her lights replaced, is NWP planning to repair her? If you have any information regarding this locomotive, please let me know. Also, what is the current status of #3804? Is she still sitting in the dead line?







Emilio Galo…

Continue

Added by Emilio Galo on August 3, 2016 at 3:21am — 4 Comments

Monthly Archives

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

© 2017   Created by Mark Drury.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service