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Does anyone have information about a derailment that happened in Willits, sometime between 1958-1960?
According to my brother, someone left a switch unlocked and two ten year old kids threw the switch while a train was going over it at about 50 MPH. It was a huge wreck that took out a massive amount of track and communication wires, and it came close to taking out the depot as well. I have been unable to unearth any trace of this on the internet. (But, I did learn that you can buy…Continue
My brother, now nearing age 76, worked for NWP in 1958 & 1959 and probably part of 1960. We were watching a 1930's movie about a runaway train that had been sabotaged and it reminded him of an incident at the Island Mountain Tunnel and the trestle at the South entrance. Perhaps another old timer will recall the incident.
It was another case of the Eel River raging out of control and Charlie Neal was on the scene. He feared the river was going to wash out the trestle and he…Continue
Many months since last posting and many changes. We moved, to the SFO area; sadly had to say goodbye to our beloved Pasito Southern Railroad when we relocated. We have been working on our new layout, the Carolan Pacific Railroad; this one in N scale and in a format that can be moved. There's ups and downs for sure and a lot to love. More on the CP later.
Our move also brought us closer to the historic and modern JPBX/UP line. In fact it's across the…
I just broke ground on the Mendo-Pacific Logging Company! It is a 1:20.3 scale garden railroad modeled after logging operations in the Mendocino area. Pictures to come soon.
immediately S of the switch forks the track's historical integrity is well preserved until it meets the SMART line. old rails, wood ties w/ spike plates sporting a variety of patent dates going back to the '20s.
Added by steve lang on December 10, 2015 at 7:29pm — No Comments
some one out there have a flawlus report for us?... n e 1... N E 1??
k then - let me see if I can locate my trusty eggshell-walk'n shoes.
Added by James Bradley, Jr. on August 8, 2015 at 11:36pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Found this in the Press Democrat today:
Some good news for one of our favorite railroads that has been struggling financially for a while. I am curious to know what will happen to the old Willits depot when this new transit hub is completed, and hopefully how one day,…Continue
The following is a series of CPUC documents regarding proposed changes to SMART crossings in Novato:
The following are a series of CPUC documents regarding proposed changes to SMART crossings in San Rafael.
I found these documents on the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) website regarding proposed changes to the NCRA/NWP crossings in Ukiah:
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
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.…Continue
Added by jbriogrande on June 7, 2015 at 4:50pm — No Comments
More candid photos of the Pilot Car Arrival Ceremony and public tours;Continue
More candid photos of the Pilot Car Arrival Ceremony;Continue
Well, the first DMU cars for SMART are on the property, and were officially presented today for public inspection and guided tours at the Cotati station. A grand affair, well-attended by public representatives big and small; local mayors, city council members, county supervisors, transportation committee, safety officials, state elected officers, Congressmen Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, and of course SMART directors, managers and employees. Also present were representatives of major…Continue
I think I may have asked in times past... But I really want to know! How can I figure out when the train will be arriving/departing on what days? I live in sonoma and can run down to schellville any time.. Sometimes Ill go by there and I see workers.. sometimes theres a train there, sometimes 3 trains.. just sitting in the little fence area.
Added by Angelo Camarda on January 28, 2015 at 2:07pm — No Comments