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Hey guys,

Aparently NWPco will paint all of its motive power using 1922 as the template, which means recently purchesed Genset 2009, now 2011, will be in scarlet grey.

NWPCO says they will not be using the black widow scheme because they do not want to accossiate themselves with John Darling's NWPY of 1996-2001.

There is a slight chance that SD9 in Yreka is headed to the NWP for SMART construction service, but niether SMART or the construction company have any comment. Discussian was held a while ago that SMART may have the NWP move their ballest and construction material around using 1922, but that was a few years ago. However, personaly, having an SD9 headed to the NWP doesn't make sense. But its open for discussion. So..discuss.

Happy January,

-Chad Gustafson


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Comment by jbriogrande on January 20, 2012 at 4:47pm

 SD9s are hogs with ballast trains whereas, 1922 would not be as strong as far as tractive effort.  A good SD9, might come in handy later down the road for trains East out of Penngrove, working up the hill towards Cotati.  A lot of conjecture on my part.  Thanks for the information Chad........

Comment by Al Merkrebs on January 20, 2012 at 12:50pm

Thanks Kid.

Where did you get the info about the paint schemes?


Comment by Jordan on January 16, 2012 at 2:35pm

The way things are going, there probably isn't going to be anything running in the Eel, as much as it pains me to say it...

Comment by Chad Gustafson on January 16, 2012 at 8:50am
I met a guy a while back at a live steamers meet who modeled Willits to Eureka in a semi-freelanced, modern ho scale railroad. He used SD70aces, and it was set in present time.. I'll do some reasiurch to see if I can find him again. He came up with a really cool paint scheme for it too.
Jordan, gotta agree with Zach on this one, unless they totally rebuild the eel, there's probably not going to be any SD70ACes.l
Comment by Zachary M. Toler on January 16, 2012 at 1:13am


"But yes, I would love to see some pulling long trains in the eel...that would be a dream." Yes, that's all it would be. Realistically, an SD70ACe would be too heavy to use in the Eel; even with a port, I doubt there'd be the traffic to need one, and I kinda think that they would be too long to negotiate the curves in the Eel, w/o some serious realignments. I don't know that for sure, though. That would be funny to "upgrade" the soon to be 2011's horn! :-)


Zachary M. Toler

Comment by Jordan on January 15, 2012 at 10:50pm

LOL, I was saying that in a sarcastic manner, as SD70ACe's by far have the loudest horns I have EVER heard. Hmmm, maybe we can talk the NWP into getting one of those SD70ACe K5LLA's to install on 2009/2011 since its horn seems to change every few months. :D

Comment by Chad Gustafson on January 15, 2012 at 10:42pm
Nothing is popular with NIMBYs.
But yes, I would love to see some pulling long trains in the eel...that would be a dream.
Comment by Jordan on January 15, 2012 at 10:28pm

I know Herzog usually uses their own ballast cars:

On a slightly unrelated note, does watching that video and hearing that horn make anyone else want SD70ACe's on the NWP? They'll sure be popular with the NIMBY's. (Anyone who has heard an ACe horn in person knows what I'm talking about.) Might I also point out that the SD70ACe is now Teir 3 compliant and therefore meets NOvato's requirements?

Comment by Mike Davis on January 15, 2012 at 9:21pm

Stacy & Witbeck/Herzog, won't use locomotives for construction, instead they will use track mobiles for that. They will however use the Shamrock hoppers in Petaluma for ballast trains. 1922 or 2009(or 2011) will be used for "rail trains". For an example of a rail trains see

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