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Eureka extension or reopening the NWP line north of Windsor

 How about either using large heliocopters to transport the containers to Windsor and then reloading onto rail at that point. All that needs to be done is construting a large facility in Windsor to hold maybe 2-300 containers and enough rail siding length to hold maybe 50-60 well cars. Plus there needs to be a landing sight and storage area for helicopters involved.  These facilities could be used for moving logs/lumber south for transloading onto rail. With enough lighting being provided there could be a 24/7/52 operation.


   Another possibility is to construct from Eureka to UP mainline via tunneling through the coast range and avoid having to move containers/lumber or logs through Windsor. Should only be a 35-40 mile tunneling project and would save couple hundred miles perhaps of milage. This proposal while a BIT more expensive than rebuilding/altering  the current line configuration through Eel River Canyon would be, in my estimation only, just as practical and sensible as what is currently proposed given nature of proposed tonnage that would develope up Eureka way.

   Also they could make the Eureka connection part of High Speed Rail System that has thus far excluded Eureka, Crescent City and nearby communities from any inclusion into HSRS.

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Comment by J. Sebastien on November 11, 2011 at 11:19pm

This idea is bold and to costly to ever be purseud beyond this website, however I think it is very cavalier none the less!

Comment by Mike Davis on November 11, 2011 at 7:24pm

by the way, I do think helicopter are cool, and that NCRA should fly some MOW equipment into the north end and start repairs heading south while a seperate crew fixes the line from Willits heading north and have the two meet in the middle.

Comment by steven richard bell on November 11, 2011 at 7:19pm

Another proposal for your consideration would be to make us101 a 4 lane each direction road with 2 lanes reserved for trucks. That should reduce transit time between Eureka and Novato by probably between 1/2 hour and 2 hours. At Novato they could change drivers and those drivers from Eureka could return to Eureka with empties ( if they were bringing loads south) elsewise return tractor light to Eureka for next load. Drivers should be able to make complete circuit in about 12 hours or less. That way they could be home for 8hrs rest prior to next trip.  This is dependent upon 2 lanes each direction being trucks only . Diamond lanes for Diamonds, Macs, Peterbilts, Kenworths etc.  SRB

Comment by Mike Davis on November 11, 2011 at 7:13pm

A couple things wrong with your plans. 1. Helicopters can only take one container at a time, and after a month, the fuel costs alone would shut down the operation, so bad idea. 2 while connecting Eureka to the UP mainline would have advantages yes (like not having to deal with constant washouts/storm damage) but it would be INSANELY expensive plus there is a certainty that environmentalists will put a stop to it, probably with as many injunctions as possible. 3. High speed rail....ARE YOU CRAZY!!!!!!! Eureka has such as small population it would not be feasible to do so, plus the terrain pretty much locks out HSR, the terrain is too mountainous.


Mike Davis

Comment by Chad Gustafson on November 11, 2011 at 7:03pm

First off, thats an impossible idea, its sooooo dangerous. You have a 10 ton container, hovering on 4 cables about the size of a clothesline, dangling above thousands if not millions of people. Not to mention..whos going to pay for it? Wont happen. Sorry bud.

Tunneling through would cost billions, plus numerous lawsuits, plus, most of that is nearly impossible to drill through, goes though many national forests, ect. These are fairly smart ideas, but theres no way of them happening. none. at all. 

-Chad Gustafson

-Chad Gustafson. 

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