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Cost of Repairs - NWP Track North of Windsor

At the NCRA Board of Directors meeting today, NCRA will be presented with an estimate to repair the rail line from Windsor to Redwood Valley, which is North of Ukiah.  In the report, NCRA will be presented with four different scenarios, and will decide which repair scenario is the most economical for them to proceed with.

  1. Windsor - Redwood Valley (59.4 miles)
    1. Estimated Cost from NWP - $20.7 million
    2. Repairs line to North end of siding, MP 122.3
      1. Replace 52,004 ties
      2. Repair/Replace 52 bridges, 326 culverts, 5 tunnels, 27 crossing surfaces, & 23 grade crossing warning systems
      3. Assumes repairing grade crossing warning systems, not replacing them.
  2. Windsor - Ukiah (52 miles)
    1. Estimated Cost from AndersonPenna Partners - $45.8 million
    2. Repairs line to central Ukiah
    3. Assumes replacing all grade crossing warning systems, not repairing them.
  3. Windsor - Cloverdale (27.7 miles)
    1. Estimated Cost from NWP - $5.1 million
    2. Repairs line to south end of Cloverdale tunnel, MP 85.6
      1. Replace 12,258 ties
      2. Repair/Replace 24 bridges, 94 culverts, 0 tunnels, 16 crossing surfaces, & 8 grade crossing warning systems
      3. Assumes repairing grade crossing warning systems, not replacing them.
  4. Cloverdale - Redwood Valley (36.7 miles)
    1. Estimated Cost from NWP - $15.6 million
    2. Repairs line from South end of Cloverdale tunnel to North end of Siding, MP 122.3
      1. Replace 39,746 ties (estimated)
      2. Repair/Replace 28 bridges, 232 culverts, 5 tunnels, 11 crossing Surfaces, & 15 grade crossing warning systems
      3. Assumes repairing grade crossing warning systems, not replacing them.

 

It looks like they are going to try for option 3, which is repairing the line to Cloverdale (apx. $5 million).  A more detailed repair analysis can be seen here:  http://northcoastrailroad.org/Agendas/2014/20140312/Item_F.2_031214...

Just thought I'd post this for everyone, in case they hadn't seen it yet.

James Bradley, Jr.

Oakley, CA

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Comment by Chad Gustafson on March 12, 2014 at 9:42pm

AHA! It was right under our noses Jordan. I guess I didn't smell it....I'm still getting over a cold. 

Comment by Jordan on March 12, 2014 at 7:13pm

@Chad and Tommy:

The exact facility you guys are discussing, which just so happens to be used heavily by wineries, already exists in Lombard on the CFNR.

Comment by Mike Davis on March 12, 2014 at 4:23pm

Although repairing the line to Cloverdale won't bring much money in the short term, it is a start. Plus by reopening more and more of the line it shows potential customers that the railroad is trying really hard and will raise confidence among local businesses.

In addition, as far as potential shippers are concerned, reopening more of the line will go along way towards the railroad distancing themselves from the soiled reputation that the black widows brought.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on March 12, 2014 at 2:17pm
I'm curious to know how many other railroads have done that, Tommy. I don't know if that would work....

If worse comes to worse, the helicopter transporting containers too and from Windsor, like the guy said a few years ago, could be a possibility:)
Comment by Tommy Tommy on March 12, 2014 at 1:20pm

What is the chance of the railroad being able to become a kind of UPS store where customers in the area will deliver goods to a depot where they will be loaded or interchanged using intermodal equipment (shipping container) for long distance shipping. I'm thinking of wineries mainly I guess.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on March 12, 2014 at 12:51pm
What about Nu Forest Products in the Healdsburg yard? I remember them doing something or saying something positive. Might be wrong.
Comment by Carl O'Connor on March 12, 2014 at 12:13pm

Ok i got a few minutes and the list of companies that have sidings between windsor and cloverdale is small and doubtful for major traffic. I am sure there are other companies that could transload at the healdsburg or cloverdale yard but not looking great. Here is the list of companies that have spurs.

Syar (gravel plant in healdsburg)

Kenwood Wineries.Asti Winery

Redwood Empire Lumber (current Nwp customer transloading in windsor)

All Coast Lumber

One of the biggest problems i see is getting the customers to rebuild thier spurs. That will cost them a lot of money and most dont go near current facilities (both asti and kenwood winery).

Comment by Carl O'Connor on March 12, 2014 at 10:55am
I will take a look tonight and try to come up with a list of potential businesses that have sidings between Windsor and cloverdale.
Comment by Chad Gustafson on March 12, 2014 at 10:15am
I'm siding with Carl here...I can't think of too many buisness that will ship or recieve by rail..it seems pretty sparse to me. We'll have to see who beefs up their spurs, etc when the NCRA/NWP announces plans..
Comment by Carl O'Connor on March 12, 2014 at 10:10am
OK what I wanna know is what will that 5 million get the nwp in revenue? By opening the line to cloverdale how many more customers will they get?? The only potential to cloverdale is a couple lumber companies and a gravel company in healdsburg. How quickly will the ncra's investment make a profit for the nwp? A step in the right direction but I'm not sure its the final answer to save the nwp.

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