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Could reopening the line between Cloverdale and Redwood Valley be less expensive?

I know this might be a far fetched idea, but would reactivating the corridor between Redwood Valley and Cloverdale be less expensive than trying to reopen the line to South Fork? Judging by the pictures I've seen of the Russian River Canyon, all the tracks need is ballast filled in and brush removed. The tunnels are in great shape too, (Except tunnel #4, was that the one that caught fire?) but could that be fixed? Also, maybe CWR could take advantage of this as well, and run their trains south to Redwood Valley, and back up the grade. That would be something to see.  

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Comment by Richard C. Brand on March 22, 2018 at 10:55am


Any ideas on how this renovation would be financed?  AFAK that section of the RoW is owned by NCRA and they have no funds.

Comment by Emilio Galo on March 21, 2018 at 1:48pm

I too would like to see CWR put some money into restoring the trackage south from Willits. What needs to be done exactly? I know there's a big washout at Laughlin, but are there any other problematic spots south of Willits? 

Comment by Ian B. on March 21, 2018 at 10:52am

I mean, if Sierra Northern is willing to put money into restoring trackage from Willits southward to meet at Redwood Valley, its entirely possible. Freight from Willits could travel southward again, and all the old equipment stranded at Willits could be removed. Sadly this is pretty far fetched.

I would be very interested in seeing the line rebuilt, and this plan seems to be the most practical.

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