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Thinking in Reverse

One issue that has struck me in our discussions about the reopening of the NWP is that limited or no traffic exists in the northern half. This is because many of the industries that supported the railroad are gone. I think we have to think about the issue in reverse. In the olden days towns would fight and almost go to war with each other to get the track laid to their town because the citizens new the railroad brought business, industry, and…


Added by Chas Davis on September 19, 2013 at 12:49pm — 7 Comments

Advice on getting a railroad job?

I am applying (again) for a conductor position... this time with BNSF. Do any of the railroaders out there have any advice? Especially on what to say in the interview to sound enthusiastic, but NOT sound like a foamer with delusions of grandeur.

Added by Jeff Thomas on August 19, 2013 at 7:55am — 68 Comments

Why the Eel River Route can't, and shouldn't, be rebuilt


I wrote this in response to a status a few days back, but it's gotten buried and I think this is an important topic considering the possible bankruptcy filing by NCRA.

"I worked with a couple of parties in Colorado, who were interested in operating the Eureka Southern after it went bankrupt in 86 or 87. One party took one hyrail trip and walked away from it. He showed me the track book that Michael Ongerth (Former Vice President and General Manager of the NWP, SP…


Added by Jordan on August 2, 2013 at 3:48pm — 35 Comments

Pacific Lumber -

Just read an article in the newest Classic Trains magazine with the title: PACIFIC LUMBER - CALIFORNIA'S LAST LOGGER. I really enjoyed reading this article. It is written very well and tells about Scotia area and has loads of great pictures. Just wanted all my NWPR friends to know!

Have a great railroad day!


Added by Stein Dolplads on July 31, 2013 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Don't get me started about U.P. 4005

Pasito Southern is proud to introduce our newest member in our fleet of locomotives. ( One which I have a particular attachment to.)  Joining 843,844 and 3983.  Wow!…


Added by Jennifer on July 30, 2013 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

It is nice...

to share model railroading and railfan stuff in general, vice fb, because it is quiet, clean and pleasant like a library.  Not so with the other place. Just trains here and I can relax.

Added by Jennifer on July 30, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments

New Modern Power for the Pasito Southern

General Electric AC6000CW.  GE demonstrator 6000.

We're entering the 1990's!…


Added by Jennifer on July 18, 2013 at 4:09pm — 6 Comments

Model Railroading is Fun! 2

Added by Jennifer on July 16, 2013 at 2:23pm — 7 Comments

History is dangerous

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…


Added by Andrew F. Laverdiere on June 14, 2013 at 2:18pm — 10 Comments

NWP in 5'x10'

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…


Added by Christopher Palomarez on June 8, 2013 at 11:30pm — 26 Comments

Model Railroading is Fun!


Added by Jennifer on June 2, 2013 at 1:46pm — 15 Comments

After retirement still into trains and planes.

      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 — 9 Comments

Are you talking about the Binford detecter?????

Are you talking about the Binford detecter?????


Added by Tony Sarganis on May 28, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Pacific Lumber Company

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 — 3 Comments

Working for NWP

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 — No Comments

NWP Eel River Canyon 1958 & 1959

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…


Added by Jack Encell on May 15, 2013 at 6:19pm — 2 Comments

NWP Bulkheads? Boxcars?

Hi guys,

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…


Added by Chad Gustafson on May 14, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

The (Redwood) Empire Strikes Back

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…


Added by Jordan on April 22, 2013 at 12:58pm — 27 Comments

NWP Activity in March?

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 — 9 Comments

NWP historical photos links

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 — 2 Comments

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