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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
for our model railroad web-presence:
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
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?
Added by Richard Hill on September 24, 2016 at 11:21am — No Comments
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.
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
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…
Added by Emilio Galo on August 11, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments
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?
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.
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.
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…Continue
Added by Richard Todd on July 9, 2016 at 5:28am — No Comments
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!…Continue
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…