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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.…

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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

Deputy…

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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…

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

Schedule?

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…

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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.…

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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. …

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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. 

https://sites.google.com/site/pics19703/home…

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

Discuss SMART Groundbreaking Article

http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_25323222/smart-track-work-begins-marin-service-starts-by

There are some good pictures.

The author asserts that some of the rails and ties are from the 1920's but that doesn't soudn right to me. Don't ties only last 20-30 years? And don't rails have to be pulled out too because they weaken through interal…

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Added by Tommy Tommy on March 14, 2014 at 3:48pm — 11 Comments

Cost of Repairs - NWP Track North of Windsor

At the NCRA Board of Directors meeting today, NCRA will be presented with an estimate to repair the rail line from Windsor to Redwood Valley, which is North of Ukiah.  In the report, NCRA will be presented with four different scenarios, and will decide which repair scenario is the most economical for them to proceed with.

  1. Windsor - Redwood Valley (59.4 miles)
    1. Estimated Cost from NWP - $20.7 million
    2. Repairs line to North end of siding, MP 122.3
      1. Replace…
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Added by James Bradley, Jr. on March 12, 2014 at 2:00am — 24 Comments

Scenery Scenes II

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Added by Jennifer on February 15, 2014 at 11:28am — 3 Comments

"Rotaries" on KQED TV

Not specific to NWP but if you have not already seen the show on KQED TV, this is a must see.  It is the story of the last outing of the Roseville based 1929 vintage SP/UP rotary snowplows on Donner Summit during the 2011 heavy snow storms.  It is a 60 minute show and it is wonderful including the sound of the plow's steam whistles plus the engine sounds of the F7's that provide the electrical power for the rotary blades.

Brought up the hair on the back of my neck.

Added by Richard C. Brand on February 14, 2014 at 1:12am — 2 Comments

Setting Up at the Great Train Expo - Santa Rosa

Putting out a note to the forum: I will be actively setup and demonstrating a fully operation HO Free-mo layout with Northern California Free-mo (http://free-mo.org/norcalfreemo) this weekend in part for the Great Train Expo in Santa Rosa. If you are in the area please drop by and say "HI!"

We plan on setting up in this configuration:

 

A couple photos of our layout:…

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Added by Christopher Palomarez on February 13, 2014 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Hiking into Island Mountain

 Woundering if anyone out there that might have driven or hike to the Island Mountain area that can give me advise on how to get there safely from Hwy101.  Looking sometime this spring on coming to the area and would love to see that part of the north side of the NWP, and if their anyone interested coming along please let me know!

Thanks.

Rory

Added by Rory Moore on January 13, 2014 at 10:09pm — 41 Comments

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