For those of you who have paid attention to my activities since I've been a member, you'll notice that I am an active researcher when I'm investigating abandoned railroads, preferring to go out and see for myself where things used to be. Something I just ran across, just reminded me of how dangerous it is. Seems that back in 2011, a city council member up in Fort Bragg was murdered in cold blood by some pot growers. Before I moved down here, an area that I would have loved to explore for the… Continue
Added by Andrew F. Laverdiere on June 14, 2013 at 2:18pm —
Been monkeying with a layout plan for the NWP between Schellville and Petaluma. At the very early stages with a 2 level 5' by 10' design for HO. LOTS of compression and 2 helix's (y'gads) later... Perhaps I should switch to N-scale. :-)
Novato and Burdell are under the top level in grey. I'm only showing the… Continue
Added by Christopher Palomarez on June 8, 2013 at 11:30pm —
Added by Jennifer on June 2, 2013 at 1:46pm —
I had to retire after 34+ years with the SP/UP bacause of a back injury in 2010. I'm still modeling SP in HO . I have also been maintianing an F-4 Phantom II at our local Air Museum for the past 18 plus years. Before the Railroad I was in the Air Force and worked the F-4 and F-105s for 6 years.
Trains have always been in my soul and with the help and support of some great friends I manage to go on in a smaller scale now.
Added by Tony Sarganis on May 28, 2013 at 7:41pm —
Are you talking about the Binford detecter????? Continue
Added by Tony Sarganis on May 28, 2013 at 7:04pm —
I was wondering if anyone knows the history about the Pacific Lumber Company? Anyone know the railroad history here. When it started, where it went and when it was abandoned? Where was the NWPR station located in Scotia? Thanks, Stein
Added by Stein Dolplads on May 19, 2013 at 12:41pm —
I would like to know I can get in touch with at NWP(or SMART) to see if their are hiring. I grow up in Somona County and would really like to move back. I have worked for a class 1 railroad as a conductor/switchmen before and have kept an eye on the industry and hope to get back in to it. So if any one has knowage of or knows any one in NWP please let me know or pass my request on. I really would love to bring back NWP to a great working railroad.
Added by Douglas L Beste on May 19, 2013 at 9:11am —
My brother as well as my father worked for NWP and we recently had a discussion about his time with NWP. He was Maintenance of Way in the Electrical Department. He did some work on crossings, but the majority of the time he worked on phone and teletype lines.
He said that he was at Fort Seward during most of 1958 and 1959 and worked as far South as Bell Springs.
I asked him about the Island Mountain Tunnel, but most of what he talked about was the trestle on the South… Continue
Added by Jack Encell on May 15, 2013 at 6:19pm —
Quick topic. Earlier today Carl O'Connor posted pictures of his new NWP bulkhead flat...I am doing the same on some others as well as some NWP boxcars.
My question is, hypotheticly on my "layout", the North Coast Railroad and black widow era NWP are still an operational Class 2 regional, based off the same operating plans that were used up until the last week of ops.
How realistic would it be for an NWP/NCR to own a fleet of rolling stock? MOW and your… Continue
Added by Chad Gustafson on May 14, 2013 at 7:30pm —
Alright guys, so I have a friend who works for a software development company that produces performance engines for video games, in addition they also make add-ons for various train simulators. A potential new project is tentatively titled "The (Redwood) Empire Strikes Back". It will be modeling a modern day NWP in an alternate reality in which the lumber industry is booming and the deepwater Port of Humboldt Bay provides the NWP with many trains carrying goods for import and export. Smart… Continue
Added by Jordan on April 22, 2013 at 12:58pm —
Any interesting rail movements in March? Haven't seen many train-action photos recently. Am in Seattle so unable to see NWP tracks clearly. Hope that there has been/is interesting activity going on. I suppose that rail train #5 has delivered more rail to NWP. How far has new rail been laid? I estimate that each rail-train has about 3.5mi. of track aboard with 50 rails of 1500 ft each cradled on cars. Steve
Added by steven richard bell on March 6, 2013 at 3:22pm —
Here are links to websites that many of you will find interesting, if you have not already found them. There are some great historical phots and information about the NWP Northern end.
Added by Jack Encell on February 9, 2013 at 10:30am —
What do you guys think?
I personally believe the NCRA is doing a good job, considering there wasn't movements for 8 or so years, although there are things that need to be fixed in it.
I didn't know the NWPco wasn't paying trackage… Continue
Added by Chad Gustafson on January 30, 2013 at 8:36pm —
Thank goodness we have that wonderful collection of SPINS charts for the NWP on this site already. Continue
However, a question...
Anybody know of a place on line that would have track charts / track profiles of the NWP / SP Lines, specifically the "Southern Division" lines, Willits and south (railroad west...!) ????
I'd be looking for anything after about 1960 up to the end of SP lease /…
Added by Patrick Flynn on January 15, 2013 at 4:21pm —
The previous meeting the board the approval of the reception of the Northern Humboldt Bay report. This meeting they approved a broad community based resolution to support Rail with trail from Samoa to Eureka.
Healdsburg bridge was brought up. Healdsburg has yet to request NCRA to take action or even discuss the possibility of using the bridge for pedestrians and bikes. It was noted the PUC publicly opposes the conversion because it sets a precedent. It was noted the operator… Continue
Added by Lawrence LaBranche on December 12, 2012 at 3:49pm —
So I don't know if you guys have heard,
but Marin residents, and a few local politicians, are pushing to get a study done for the start of a new light rail/trolly network that would once again connect all of Marin together. The line will first run down busy congested areas of Larkspur, San Rafael ect, and will use streetcars made to look and feel like those of the 20's and 30's, but will run on high-charge lithium batteries instead of overhead wires. Now they say it will improve apon… Continue
Added by Chad Gustafson on November 30, 2012 at 6:35pm —
Looks like we might have trains again in the North Coast!!!
'. The board had just voted unanimously to receive a report from three of its directors, the ad hoc Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor Committee, and directed staff to bring back a resolution supporting “a broad-based Humboldt County community coalition to advocate for public and private funds with which to restore the Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor, including the provision of trail development therein.” The NCRA directors were so… Continue
Added by Sean Mitchell on November 23, 2012 at 9:32am —
The currently planned SMART line, while a much-needed addition to our region’s transportation mix, is inadequate as a car replacement. The trains will run every 30 minutes during rush hour, once in the middle of the day, and not at all at night. This is well below the generally accepted 15-minute minimum for show-up-and-go service that you would get on BART. To bring SMART up to that level of service will require an investment, but not as dire an investment as…
Added by David Edmondson on November 18, 2012 at 12:47pm —
Click to enlarge, or click here for PDF. This map assumes other lines are operating around the Bay Area, but that map will have to wait for another…
Added by David Edmondson on October 17, 2012 at 9:29am —
Hello,this is my first time at posting a blog. Since I live in the pacific northwest,I'm counting on you the "local train fans", to let us know whats happening on the NWP. For instance what days the NWP run trains, how mine cars come in and out. What type of cars were delivered in and shipped out. Also what engines were used that day. How far can the NWP run before the tracks are removed from service on account of SMART rebuilding the tracks. We need the local train fans help, to keep us… Continue
Added by Richard A Custer on September 26, 2012 at 9:19pm —