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Mow at San Rafael today

Added by Richard C. Brand on March 26, 2019 at 11:08pm — 3 Comments

Napa Valley Wine Train gets $1.7M grant to green the popular tourist line

Napa's Wine Train receives a $1.7M grant to purchase a low pollution Diesel locomotive per the North Bay Business Journal.

I'll be interested to learn what they purchase.  It won't have to go fast on that roadbed.

Some of you may remember that last year they acquired that used Chessie loco.

Sorry I can't provide a URL.  My mail computer is down.

Added by Richard C. Brand on February 8, 2019 at 4:25pm — 4 Comments

Mike Thompson

I tried to send a note to Congressman Thompson but could not because I don't reside in has district even though I spend a lot of $$ there.

My message to him was that to rebuild Santa Rosa and Napa will require a huge amount of new lumber.  My point to him was that there needs to be emergency funding from the feds to renovate the NWP RoW ASAP to Cloverdale to allow freight trains to bring lumber down from Redwood Empire's yard to offset the potential for price gouging from yards…


Added by Richard C. Brand on October 16, 2017 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

Alto Tunnel revived?

KPIX is reporting a meeting tonight in Marin to discuss whether to renovate this old NWP tunnel.  No plans for rail but being a bicycle rider I can attest to the value of having that tunnel available in the the old RoW, now the bicycle path out of Sausalito.

This is not tonite's video but still interesting:…


Added by Richard C. Brand on September 27, 2017 at 7:18pm — 4 Comments

Historic rail line question

I was just up in northern Marin Cty and noticed an old and very abondoned RoW running thru Pt Reyes Station and up along the Tomales Bay and at least up to Tomales.

Was this line just built by Hollywood and Hitchcock to support his movie "The Birds"?  I'm joking but what was it called and what was it built to haul?  Lumber, dairy or fish? 

Love to hear the story and the name because I noticed a bridge with rails still exists over Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Added by Richard C. Brand on July 31, 2016 at 12:22am — 12 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

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