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Good News for the Skunk in the Press Democrat

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,…


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:…


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:

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

NWP 70's to it's demise...a living legacy...

 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…


Added by jbriogrande on June 7, 2015 at 4:50pm — No Comments

SMART Pilot Car Arrival Ceremony, part 3

More candid photos of the Pilot Car Arrival Ceremony and public tours;

A little more work to do on the station loading platforms.…


Added by William "Burr" Wilson on April 7, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

SMART Pilot Car Arrival Ceremony, part 2

More candid photos of the Pilot Car Arrival Ceremony;

Stopped at the station. A scene soon to be oft-repeated



Added by William "Burr" Wilson on April 7, 2015 at 5:20pm — 2 Comments

SMART Pilot Car Arrival Ceremony, part 1

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…


Added by William "Burr" Wilson on April 7, 2015 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments


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. 

Any comments?

Added by Angelo Camarda on January 28, 2015 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Need advice

Hello all.

One of our members recently applied for work at one of the big railroad companies and you all pitched in with practical advise about how to go about it.

I'm likewise soliciting advice, although my goals are somewhat more modest. My office here in LA is downsizing and I'll be cut free in a few months so its time to start looking for new work.

If possible here in LA, would there be the means of finding railroad work with a smaller operation, a short line…


Added by Andrew F. Laverdiere on January 5, 2015 at 9:57am — 3 Comments

My long suffering state of Maine and its dilapidated RR system

Hello all. While I don't think anyone here particularly cares about minor railroads in states on the other side of the country, I just have to express my dismay with my old home state and the sorry state of its rail infrastructure, not too dissimilar with that of the NWP not too long ago. Plus, the New England railroad forum that I used to contribute to is defunct thanks to stupid bickering, trolling, poor management and horrible design.…


Added by Andrew F. Laverdiere on July 1, 2014 at 12:36pm — 17 Comments

New Haystack Bridge Is On Mare Island

It's being stripped down and having metal work done and then being coated. It's going to be shipped in pieces to Petaluma and then put together on site. Shimmick Construction was said to be the contractor for this phase of work. …


Added by Tommy Tommy on June 14, 2014 at 1:15am — 14 Comments

Possible New Switch and Customers

From Last months minutes which were just published:

Jake Park updated the Board on a possible new switch which would service additional Lagunitas barley deliveries, as well as a wine warehouse, and a new company that will provide barley for the breweries which would remove 600-800 trucks off the road per month.

Added by Chas Davis on May 11, 2014 at 11:16am — 6 Comments

CP National Recruiting

In todays Sacramento Bee (5-4-14) CP National RR is recruiting for Trainmasters and Conductors. I thought that was a bit odd they'd be advertising way down here!

Added by Bob Burns on May 4, 2014 at 2:17pm — 4 Comments

Rail Poetry Espee from Nam

   During my time in Vietnam some other guys and myself.....'rails' wrote some poetry from our time on the railroads before being called up....we were all in the combat engineers in Pleiku, 20th Battalion.  I had worked out of Bayshore yards in SF on the Coast Division, and penned this free verse one night.

"We sat in the shanty,...After making the drive (from 3rd and Townscend HQ); The crewmen kept busy, the trains were alive.     We walked to the platform, amidst the great…


Added by jbriogrande on April 13, 2014 at 2:58pm — 2 Comments

Shop Goat for the PSRR

We acquired 101 on our trip to LA last month. It's our first official Pasito Southern locomotive; formerly AT&SF. It's been converted to burn oil; ladders have been added for access to the oil tank and weathered.…


Added by Jennifer on April 3, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments

UP 2431

I cleaned the locomotive with Windex on a make-up sponge, while wearing disposable gloves. I do this on all weathering projects to remove fingerprints/dust etc. I masked the lights; windows; the speaker grills under the fuel tank and the area between the truck…


Added by Jennifer on March 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Discuss Epic NWP Pictures Site

I just came across this. I'm sure many of you have seen it, but it has some amazing photos. I'm still wading through them though so can't comment completely. Dave S. will love this, although I bet he's seen it already.…


Added by Tommy Tommy on March 16, 2014 at 7:13pm — 10 Comments

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