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Unusual Activity, 9/16/11

1922 in Petaluma.  Not sure when it arrived, but 1922 came to town with yet more grain.  I think it brought in 4 cars.  There were 8 already here, when it departed (with 2009) it had 9 in tow, and at least 3 on the siding at H&B.  2009 was trailing and it did appear there was some heat exhaust, though 1922 seemed to be doing the work.

Added by Dan Keller on September 16, 2011 at 4:31pm — 7 Comments

Photos and videos posted.


  Thanks, guys, for posting both videos and photos onto site. However, it would be good if the videos showed something other than a single engine running light and if videos were taken when NWP train was in near distance rather than at far distance. In terms of photos, one photo of a scene is enough. 3 photos of same scene is a bit boring due to repetitiveness of images. If there is a clear difference in shots taken it is fine but 3 of basically same image is hard to fathom why…


Added by steven richard bell on September 16, 2011 at 12:36am — No Comments

Wed 9/14/11 Train

RJC into Petaluma about 3:00.  4 cars for Dmen's winched in again. 3 cars to H&B (did not leave with the 1 empty.  Departed NB about 4:15, solo.  Last seen on the spur at Willbrook.

Added by Dan Keller on September 14, 2011 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment

Missed opportunity

So I heard 2009 leaving P-Town and decide to leapfrog ahead to Olive st. in Novato. I get there, set up my shot and... I left my memory card at home! D'oh! Oh well there were 7 grain cars heading south

Added by Jeff Thomas on September 9, 2011 at 6:39pm — 2 Comments




Added by steven richard bell on September 8, 2011 at 1:53am — 1 Comment

Rail activity on Aug. 31 or Sept. 2, 2011

Anyone got photos or video of NWP movements on August 31 or Sept. 2,2011? Going to post them so that we distance challanged members can keep abreast of rail movements. Caught the video of August 29,2011 with 9 empties being moved back to interchange. Am looking forward to more recent NWP movements. As far as I can tell there have been 3 carloads to Standard frames (name?) in Windsor plus the grain movements to Dairymans and the other grain company since NWP reopened.

Added by steven richard bell on September 2, 2011 at 11:28am — 17 Comments

HO Scale 1922

That’s right HO scale # 1922, I'm looking to model engin # 1922 and I'm wondering where I can get an SP "Bloody Nose" non-dynamic GP9. I'm on the look for it, but it looks like all of the modeled SP GP9s are with dynamic brakes.




Any suggestions?

Added by Mike Davis on September 1, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Train, Wed 8/24/11

Looks like a train this afternoon delivered to H&B, but did not pick-up empties at Dairymen's. Does anyone know if it continued up to SS to overnight?

Added by Dan Keller on August 24, 2011 at 7:03pm — 9 Comments

North Western Posibilities

This is my first attempt at a blog, so here goes! Welcome, Folks! OK, I had an idea, what kinds of loads could be on the NWP in the near future? We know they have covered hoppers of grain for the two feed mills, and lumber for Standard Structures, but what's next? How about gravel export, a container port on Humboldt Bay, maybe wind turbine parts for the planned project on Bear River Ridge? I want your thoughts, what do…


Added by Zachary M. Toler on August 2, 2011 at 12:35am — 29 Comments

NWP Ferryboat "Eureka" at Hyde Street Pier,San Francisco

Most of you probably know about the Ferryboat "Eureka" on display in San Francisco.  I used to like to go over there and take the engine room tour.  They start the tour at the engineer's control station and show you how the walking beam engine is "barred over" by the operator to get the boat underway.  Then the tour goes down below into the boiler room to see the condenser and the bank of fire tube boilers.  They explain their operation and once the tour guide pointed out how the main shaft,…


Added by Paul Gardner on August 1, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment


Hey all!


Just found this post on TrainOrders:,2501136


Why is the NWP getting so much motive power when theres only 3 trains a week? If we were up to northern healdsburg I could see 1922 and 2009 lashed up together to haul, but three?

Whats your thoughts and takes on this?

Would be cool to see this loco in scarlet…


Added by Chad Gustafson on July 28, 2011 at 11:59am — 7 Comments

San Rafael Whistle Stop Last Night

Departed work at Richmond BART Yard at 7:46 PM and drove across the bridge to Exit 452.  Arrived at the San Rafael Station at 8:10 and parked next to the NWP mailine tracks.  Now this might not be anything special to most of you, but I hadn't been to San Rafael in forty years and never had seen the station at all.  So I stood on the running rail and enjoyed the…


Added by Paul Gardner on July 22, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Obscure lumber railroads in the redwood empire

Hey ladies and gentlmen, I'm looking for info on obscure Railroads like the Gualala mills RR, Bear Harbor & Eel river RR, L.E. White lumber Co., Mendicino lumber RR, Little River Lumber RR, Dollber &… Continue

Added by Mike Davis on July 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Grain cars are gone from Petaluma

Just drove by Hunt and Brhrens this afternoon.  Didn't see the grain cars.  When were they taken away?  How were they taken away.  Where did they go?

Added by B Richards on July 2, 2011 at 9:36pm — 4 Comments

Approaching Mile Post 3000

The group is nearing the 3000 mark for photos.  That's quite a milestone in that there are only about 300 of us.

Added by Paul Gardner on June 30, 2011 at 12:06am — 6 Comments

NWP/SMART Radio Freqs.

For those who had their HAMs out in Petaluma last week, we thank you!

Hopefully this will shine some new light for us railfanners:

On Wikipedia and TrainWeb, the radio frequencies used by NWP crews are posted, these frequencies listed expired from the NWP in 2003, and will no longer work..

However, I pulled this of the NWP Yahoo! fan page about SMART:



Added by Chad Gustafson on June 26, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments


I drove through Shellville today and the Genset was in the "cage".  i was running late and couldn't get a photo, sorry...but a good looking unit

Added by Chad Glover on June 23, 2011 at 9:35pm — 12 Comments

Other end of the NWP: Napa Jct.

I've posted three pictures of Napa Junction from August of 1966.  SD-7 #2736 is newly "patched" and renumbered from #5329.  This engine worked The Redwood and many freights on the NWP and is boiler equipped even at this late date.  I've also included a close-up of the nose so modelers can see the front end detail and the Mars light attachment detail.  

I'll post two pics of Schellville shortly.

Added by Robert Hogan on June 10, 2011 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

Old Rail News Article on NWP


Came across this article while cruising the net. Enjoy!



Added by Cory W Swank on May 22, 2011 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

NWP 1922

Anybody heard when trains will be running?  I last heard April and that's come and gone.  I was driving past Schellville Saturday and saw NWP 1922 sitting in the new fenced area, no camera with me, sorry folks.

Added by Justin Gregori on May 1, 2011 at 7:46pm — 3 Comments

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