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'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

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 S.F.gate.com.…

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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.…

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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 California…

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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

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