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  Sometimes the links are corrupt,....I made a mistake here:  I was corrupted.......

  Please type into address bar:  http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Workin-on-the-Railroad-The-North...

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Comment by jbriogrande on June 8, 2015 at 1:36pm

 Dave S....... you are one of only a handful of people who know the true meaning of NWP....Good job !!!

Comment by jbriogrande on June 7, 2015 at 10:30pm

 The story was accurate.  The names and places have not been changed to protect the innocent....Yes, thanks for asking,....excuse my sense of humor.  The railroad was in really bad shape when I worked up there.  The Willits Yard was pretty decent, the locomotives were in O.K. shape, but the track was falling apart all along the line.  We usually handled between 15 to 20 cars North and South out of Willits.  The track ran along the edge of the Eel River, and as the train progressed along the line, the river bed was chunking out, and falling from beneath the track into the river.  Lots of derailments, many switches were either out of service....or stiff....10 mph was almost too fast in most sections.  Island Mountain tunnel was in bad shape with the North Portal cracked up through the top into the rock....the interior was decent.  Island Mountain was a ghost town, really rough shape, and lost in time....something out of 'Twilight Zone'.  Track down to Healdsburg was O.K., and we could manage track speed most of the way.  North of Willits, lots of areas of track were partially submerged in mud and lots of track was not connected to the ties.  Running North was a crapshoot and finally became Russian Roulette the next Winter before the closure.  Glad I got out before the accident, and the closure.....thanks for asking.....

Comment by Dave S. on June 7, 2015 at 9:35pm
That's a good article, ... we have seen it posted here previously, ... but nowhere in particular.

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