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I must assume that people don't see the humor that I add to comments (i.e. Carthage building Rome) I must preface and suffix all my humorously intended comments as humor.
However, since there is Car in Carthage we are talking about "car loads" of traffic to/from Eureka. The fully loaded cars of lumber would be about 100 tons plus tare wait ( I know that to tarry is to wait) and tarry wait on NWP to reestablish service to Eureka will be long-ton weight. My assumption is that the centerbeam flats now used to haul lumber have a capacity of approx. 190,000 lbs. Haven't looked closely at a centerbeam flat recently to remember capacity or load limit or light weight.
It wood ( would) be nice to see NWP moving freight once again to/from Eureka on a provitable basis. Maybe it could be extended to Crescent City and thence to Grants Pass for another connection with the Southern Pacif
ic or Union Pacific line.
Before anyone responds to above statement I shall add that YES I am aware of the extreme difficulty of adding segment of line north to Crescent City and on to Grants Pass. I have driven that road and can see the challange entailed in building a rail line there. Perhaps an extremely long tunnel with a 1 to 1.5 % grade could be built by using all of Federal budget for next few years. Put all the money being spent (wasted) on wars in Afganistan and Iraq and next in Iran and Pakistan into funding a tunnel. LOL (humorous intent) I always enjoy humor in tent or outside of tent too.