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Hi, guys,

this is my first post on this network. I love it so far. Great community as I see it. I live in sonoma, so the nearest stop on the NWP would be Schellville. I've always had a keen interest in the rails and the engines that ride em. 

Thats where my questions come in. I went by there yesterday, for the first time, and observed the 1922 and a few others. Really got me excited. But they were behind closed fence. Today, however, I went by and there was a dodge SUV parked out front with some sort of rail device on the bumper. He had a california exempt plate as well. The gates were open, but I had a feeling I wasn't allowed to take a peek. 
So, what's the deal there? Are the people working there stiff, or will they let you look and take some pictures?

Also, I know freight travels through schellville and onto petaluma, I just don't know when. I'd really like to catch it in action sometime. Is there any way to find out when it will run? Through pretty thorough research, I couldn't find anything pertaining to it besides the  North Coast Railroad Authority, and even there I couldn't find anything. 
Any help is appreciated! I really want to re enter pursuing this interest of mine!

 

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Comment by B Richards on October 3, 2013 at 6:05pm
Train horns in P-town. Sounds like the 1922. And sounds like they are just moving it into the cage area at the station.
Comment by Chad Gustafson on October 3, 2013 at 5:26pm

Heh. The number of views is 112. 

Punpunpunpunpunpunpunpunpun.

Comment by B Richards on October 3, 2013 at 3:41pm
The 1922 may stay in the Petaluma area if its needed for track work here tomorrow.
Comment by Angelo Camarda on October 3, 2013 at 3:20pm

took a drive to schellville 20 mins ago. 1922 wasnt't there anymore. will it probably return to the depot?

Comment by B Richards on October 3, 2013 at 1:55pm
Train horns south of Petaluma just now. Not sure if they are coming into town or leaving.
Comment by Angelo Camarda on October 2, 2013 at 9:56pm

Sweet! Thanks so much, everyone! 

Not to be insanely nit-picky, but how early is "early" when you say that? 5-7AM, or 7-9AM? 

I'd REALLY love to see em if they do indeed run tomorrow. 

Comment by Chad Gustafson on October 2, 2013 at 7:17pm
Yeah, what Steve said.

:)
Comment by Steve Atnip on October 2, 2013 at 6:05pm

Might hang around early tomorrow

Comment by Steve Atnip on October 2, 2013 at 5:50pm

Watch this site, sometimes people report sightings/ horns etc or have inside info. This was an odd week they ran up to Windsor with MT's late Monday and came back with 4 cars yesterday afternoon. T/Th is the "usual" but always subject to the whims of fate. They run east to Lombard to pick up or drop off cars, switch in Schellville then deliver mostly to 3 places in Petaluma. Watch the videos, most everything is there.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on October 2, 2013 at 4:20pm

Hi Angelo!

So the fact that the North Coast Railroad Authority, co-owner of the NWP route, is a government agency explains the CA EXEMPT plates. The SUV is a hy-railer (or hi-railer) that allows the car to go onto train tracks and the regular road.

The guys who work for the NWP are actually pretty cool and laid back, that is if you're respectful and follow their directions. It never hurts to talk to people though.

Also know that walking on the train tracks or on railroad property without permission is trespassing, but the NWP is pretty cool about it. I wouldn't recommend doing half the stuff you can on the NWP on Union Pacific or BNSF tracks. Just be smart and aware of your surroundings. 

Generally, the train runs from Schellville to Petaluma and back just about every Thursday and Friday. 

Hope that answers a little bit!

Chad

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