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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…

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

Historic rail line question

I was just up in northern Marin Cty and noticed an old and very abondoned RoW running thru Pt Reyes Station and up along the Tomales Bay and at least up to Tomales.

Was this line just built by Hollywood and Hitchcock to support his movie "The Birds"?  I'm joking but what was it called and what was it built to haul?  Lumber, dairy or fish? 

Love to hear the story and the name because I noticed a bridge with rails still exists over Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Added by Richard C. Brand on July 31, 2016 at 12:22am — 12 Comments

Is SMART replacing everything?

Not to hate on SMART, but will there be any old tracks left by the time they are done? it seems to me that they are replacing everything, with no intent of keeping anything that is considered old. Hopefully, this will not happen once the trains reach Ukiah and the other Northern cities. I was also wanting to know if NWP has any plans for freight service north of Windsor.

Added by Emilio Galo on July 27, 2016 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

Hidden Gems in the Northwesterner archives

We are preparing to complete the scenery in Fort Seward on the NWP in Ohio. I vaguely remembered a photo of a passenger car converted to a "cook shack" and dining room. After searching every source I could think of, I couldn't find the photo. I put son Ryan on the search. While he didn't find the photo, he did find a reference to an article about the "Fort Seward cook shack" in the fall 1992 Northwesterner. I messaged Steve Atnip about it, who forwarded my request to Gus Campana, who said it…

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Added by Richard Todd on July 9, 2016 at 5:28am — No Comments

Carolan Pacific Railroad Progress

We made some progress on our N scale Carolan Pacific and were honored with a visit by Tom Barbalet of Model Rail Radio and two friends of his who are visiting from Australia.  I'm pleased with our progress and how things are turning out.  Enjoy!…

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Added by Jennifer on July 1, 2016 at 2:13pm — 3 Comments

Historical Information Please?

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…

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Added by Jack Encell on June 17, 2016 at 8:54pm — 4 Comments

Something for "old timers"

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…

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Added by Jack Encell on June 15, 2016 at 10:11am — 8 Comments

'V-why a duck?! 'V-why not a chicken?!

I think that was from a Marx Bros. movie...



Here's a couple of shots taken today on the Carolan Pacific featuring our 500' viaduct that I've been working on.



Thanks for checking it out!…

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Added by Jennifer on April 20, 2016 at 5:03pm — 3 Comments

Carolan Pacific Railroad

Greetings!



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…

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Added by Jennifer on April 20, 2016 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Backyard logging railroad

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.

Added by Jeff Thomas on March 1, 2016 at 9:35am — 5 Comments

Ignacio wye south arm

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

Napa wine train broo-ha-ha

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 steve lang on November 5, 2015 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

SMART and SAFETY CONCERNS

   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…

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Added by jbriogrande on August 1, 2015 at 8:43am — 5 Comments

Good News for the Skunk in the Press Democrat

Found this in the Press Democrat today: 

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4139375-181/brighter-days-for-mendocino-countys?page=1

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,…

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Added by Chad Gustafson on July 7, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Proposed Changes to NCRA/NWP Crossings in Ukiah

I found these documents on the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) website regarding proposed changes to the NCRA/NWP crossings in Ukiah:

 

ftp://ftp.cpuc.ca.gov/rail/RCEB/GO88/2015/XREQ2015010001_GobbiSt_Ukiah.pdf…

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Added by James Bradley, Jr. on June 11, 2015 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

Correction to Post jbriogrande NWP Legacy

  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

Added by jbriogrande on June 7, 2015 at 4:59pm — 3 Comments

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