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EFPP Blog is like a Mini Vacation to Brazil

I found a blog link that has some great 60 cm narrow gauge preservation photos from a limestone carrying railway which began operations in 1914 the same year as the NWP.  The photos shown three locomotives being moved to the original mainline of the Estrada de Ferro(Railway)Perus-Pirapora or EFPP in January.  The text is written in Brazilian but some of the words are similar to english and it was fun to decode what was going on in the photos.  So mix up a tropical drink, turn up the heat,…


Added by Paul Gardner on March 15, 2011 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Just saying Hi.....

Hi all - Just a quick post to say hi and share a little about my interests.  I am particularly interested in the line from Scotia north all the way to, and including, the A&MR RR from about 1978 to about 1982 (particularly 1980).



Added by Steve Kleszyk on January 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Northern Line under attack

Friends, The northern section of the ROW is under attack from the Rails to Trails folks. Particularly, the 101 corridor between Arcata and Eureka. They seem to have scraped the idea of "Trails with Rails". They are rallying support and have the funding. The trail has begun construction in the Arcata Marsh and they are going to proceed south. They are pushing for "Rail-Banking" the ROW, which we all know will the death knell for the line around Humboldt… Continue

Added by Thad Wuest on December 3, 2010 at 5:39pm — 9 Comments

SMART could run in 2012 just not 79 mph

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 — 8 Comments

SMART maybe leasing the line to NCRA?

Hi all!

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…


Added by Chad Gustafson on November 5, 2010 at 8:37pm — 3 Comments

Garden Railroad???

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 — 6 Comments

P&SR Sebastopol

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 — 1 Comment

The Oakdale Dinner Train

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 — No Comments

Historic Rail Corridor Recognition

The Niles Canyon rail corridor gets state recognition is the title of an article by Matthew Artz in the Oakland Tribune. The link is

Added by Paul Gardner on August 1, 2010 at 8:24pm — No Comments

A Million Dollars a Mile

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…


Added by Paul Gardner on April 9, 2010 at 5:45pm — 6 Comments

Eureka Yard

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.…


Added by Paul Gardner on April 8, 2010 at 4:05pm — 2 Comments

Thanks Don, Wynn, & Cory

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 — 1 Comment

NWP Station in Santa Rosa

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 — 6 Comments

Blogs and Discussions, How are They best used? Page 1 ....

Hi Folks,

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 — 2 Comments

Welcome All New Members Hope You Enjoy Yourselves!

Hi Y'all,

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 — No Comments vs Mobile Devices and/or Desktops Page 2 ....

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Hi Folks:

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 — No Comments vs Mobile Devices and/or Desktops page 1 ....

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 — 3 Comments

Stories in the Argus Courier

Hi all,
Two stories relative to the NWPRRHS on
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 — No Comments

NCRA Locomotive

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 — 42 Comments


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 — No Comments

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