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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.