Smart is trying to build a Cadillac system with a Chevy budget. As I understand it the only alternative considered at the Nov 6th meeting were for parts of a Cadillac. What should be considered is a whole Chevy. The tracks are ready for Freight AND PASSENGERS from the Ignacio wye to Windsor. It is possible to reasonably make improvements to the existing Freight tracks to run Passenger trains at 45 or 55 Miles per hour. According to my calculations the 12 miles between Petaluma and Novato would… Continue
Added by Roger Graeber on November 21, 2010 at 8:46am —
In my history class today we started disscussing the SMART train/ freight line. (dont ask me how we started, although I was pretty happy).
My teacher made a real good point in saying because SMART isn't even going to start until 2014, if even then, why cant they let the NWP/NCRA run freight over the line until say 2013, when during that year the discuss operating agreements. A because SMART is 350 mil. short, they could charge the NCRA for operating over their… Continue
Added by Chad Gustafson on November 5, 2010 at 8:37pm —
I was looking at Google maps this morning and noticed that the new large estate near Glen Ellen has what looks like a garden railroad.
Not sure who the owner is but I think he is a Silicon Valley millionaire.
What do you think?
Added by Phil Grinton on November 2, 2010 at 9:08am —
Anyone out there have some pictures of the P&SR in Sebastopol area? 1970's era?
Added by Justin Gregori on October 29, 2010 at 9:07am —
We attended the Oakdale Dinner Train last night. It was very nice, but it's sort of sad that in today's economy the "Dinner Train" only had approximately 45-50 people aboard it. In the years past, all of the train's passanger cars would be full. It was sort of cosy anyway. Our dinner was wonderful, APPETIZER.. ..Shrimp Cocktail, SALAD (Chef's Choice), ENTREE...Beef Tenderloin Medallion:… Continue
Added by David Huddleston on September 12, 2010 at 3:00pm —
The Niles Canyon rail corridor gets state recognition is the title of an article by Matthew Artz in the Oakland Tribune. The link is www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_15643200
Added by Paul Gardner on August 1, 2010 at 8:24pm —
I've be watching a lot of train videos since recuperating from foot surgery and I came across an estimate by Union Pacific Railroad in one of the videos that mentioned that they spend a million dollars a mile to add first class trackage to their system. One day last month at BART's Richmond Yard I watched their track crew in action replacing cross ties and reballasting their mainline. Everything was automated.
Anyway, I've heard estimates to repair the NWP at 500 million… Continue
Added by Paul Gardner on April 9, 2010 at 5:45pm —
This is my first ever blog. So, here it goes.
Eureka Yard Remains
When I visited Eureka in Nov.09, I tried to find as many remnants of the NWP as I could. However I was limited at the time because my wife was on board and let's just say that she is not a railfan and leave it at that. I found the display at Scotia and the roundhouse at Samoa and the trestle at South Fork. But what I really wanted to do was find what's left of the Eureka Yard.… Continue
Added by Paul Gardner on April 8, 2010 at 4:05pm —
Thanks, everyone, for the information on the last NWP passenger train service at Railroad Square Depot in Santa Rosa. I wonder if the Fred Stindt books are available in a library, somewhere?
If you want a brief picture of the old NWP at the Santa Rosa station, note the Alfred Hitchcock 1943 movie, "Shadow of a Doubt". There are a few scenes of the NWP train coming into the Santa Rosa station. Toward the end of the movie, there is a scene on the train, itself, involving actors Joseph… Continue
Added by Richard Hill on December 23, 2009 at 6:00pm —
A while back, I purchased a book entitled "Against All Odds" by Amalie H Langmueller. I picked up the book locally. It is a murder mystery, with the NWP in the background. I believe that mention was made that the NWP station. in Santa Rosa (railroad square), had passenger service up until sometime in the 1950's. Growing up in nearby Sebastopol, I can't remember passenger service as late as the 1950's..I thought passenger service was discontinued sometime in the 1940's.
Can anyone… Continue
Added by Richard Hill on December 9, 2009 at 5:47pm —
Well Mark, thats the guestion some of us less savey users need answers to:
Blogs and Discussions, How are They best used?
I was not sure if there was 1 blog with several pages OR many pages in one blog, and then how can they be effectively used! ? On top of that when should one opt for an official discussion in the Forum. We already have plenty of unofficial discussion threads running? Please comment on the guestions here as well as the technical aspects of… Continue
Added by Crysta T. Lacey on November 18, 2009 at 2:05pm —
Welcome to one and all, new and old I hope y'all will enjoy the NWPRRhs.Net site as much as I do. Mark Drury, the site owner, is doing a fine fantastic job keeping the site running and at the same time loading it up with photos, videos, discussions, groups, and other relavent documentation and information.
A number of other members are also contributors such as:
P&SRKID, Steve Atnip, Gus Campagna, Richard Todd, and others....
I am new too as well as… Continue
Added by Crysta T. Lacey on November 18, 2009 at 12:30pm —
I eluded to this the last time, that I have had desktop communication problems as well, identifing 'CHAT11' not responding etc etc(residence of our .net Mark?). I do not see it that much on my mobile unless it gets extremly bad, then I get an error 404 (I believe this is from 'GONAM' Rogers Wireless's Gateway, is this an Internet common error code Mark?) and I get a maintaince request from Opera Mini to check out and reestablish communications, all… Continue
Added by Crysta T. Lacey on November 18, 2009 at 11:00am —
First of all I would like to say that I think this is a really GREAT site, and I really enjoy it. I also think Mark Drury is doing a awesome job on the Net Site which is no easy task I am sure, even if it is a labor of Love. Keep up the Great work Mark! It is and will be worth it! I for one sure appreciate everything your doing.
This Blog should in no way be misconstrude as a complaint or unhappiness, instead it simple is a (B) log of hardware and software interaction problems over… Continue
Added by Crysta T. Lacey on November 13, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Two stories relative to the NWPRRHS on www.petaluma360.com/section/community/
First is a photo essay about thee caboose move. Nice historical shots are included.
Second is in the obituary page. Long time member and former president Don Brewer passed away early this month.
Check out the stories.
Added by Gus Campagna on November 5, 2009 at 11:02am —
When i was talking to a neighbor last week, i let it slip that im a huge train buff and that i know alot about the NWP. He said he had heard a rumor that the NCRA had bought a locomotive, and he wanted to confirm it. embarassingly, i had no idea. I was wondering if anyone on the NWP network had any idea about this. While at the Redwood Empire Live Steamers meet in October, i over heard one of the riders say the NCRA was going to restore the 2 NWP locomotives and one of the more salvagable GP9s… Continue
Added by Chad Gustafson on October 19, 2009 at 8:46pm —
when the line ran from 96-98, did the NWP own the black widow GPs and SDs? or were they leased? i can't find a solid confermation in the two years ive been looking. I know that when the line shut down, the locos were sent back to Omnitrax, but 2 stayed.
Added by Chad Gustafson on September 13, 2009 at 9:48am —
Hey, i had one questine. I recently visited the Cal State RR mueseum, and explored pretty much the whole site, but could find no trace of NWP 10 wheeler #112. The closest i came to a NWP piece of rolling stock was one of the NPC locos on display in the round house.
I asked an employee (or vollunteer, i can't remember) where #112 was. He said he didn't know of any NWP equiment. When i got home, I cheaked the CSRRM website, but didn't find anything NWP, except that the museum in Jamestown… Continue
Added by Chad Gustafson on September 3, 2009 at 7:24pm —
Hi folks, Here is a new dilemma, two pieces of historical value are up for 'grabs'. The first is SP 10 now in Texas; waterlogged from a hurricane and facing the scrapper. This was on the NWP for quite a while as the lone passenger service vehicle before AMTRAK started up. The second is a Whitcomb switcher currently at the Port of Sacramento. It too will soon see the scrappers torch if someone does not step forward to take her to a new home, SOON.
see: portof sac loco.jpg for a picture of… Continue
Added by Gus Campagna on August 4, 2009 at 10:59pm —
My first time seeing the NWP was as a young man right out of the military. I had heard the stories about the road but not until I started hauling lumber out of the north coast did I get a look at the road.
I was born about 20 years to late to see the NWP in it greatness, but I finally got the chance to ride the line when the North Coast Daylight was running. That was a wedding present from my second wife and something I will never forget.
Added by Shannon Smith on July 25, 2009 at 8:21am —