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This is my first ever blog. So, here it goes.
Eureka Yard Remains
When I visited Eureka in Nov.09, I tried to find as many remnants of the NWP as I could. However I was limited at the time because my wife was on board and let's just say that she is not a railfan and leave it at that. I found the display at Scotia and the roundhouse at Samoa and the trestle at South Fork. But what I really wanted to do was find what's left of the Eureka Yard. This I wasn't able to do . There is an excellent air plane reconnaissance photo of the yard facility in the NWPRRNetwork photos which showns a round house, loop track ,storage tracks and a four track mainline. How much of this is still around?
If you've seen the photos that I took at the Niles Canyon Railway Steam Fest 2010, you can imagine what a similar operation would be like in the Eureka area. One of my favorite daydreams,lately, is a steam locomotive pulling a mixed consist from Samoa to South Fork. When the NCRY had to move out of Castro Point in 1980, and when they arrived in Niles Canyon there was nothing there but the ROW. Since then, they have slowly grown into the first Class Railway they are now. The community has warmed up to the idea over time to the point that the City of Niles moved the original station back to Niles (see station photo) to augment NCRY's operation. Sunol's old station was also found, donated and returned to the site. The point I'm trying to make is, slow and steady wins the race and rebuilds the railroad. The more the public can see what you are doing, the more they will participate with volunteers, donations of funds and materials,etc. I doubt if the Eel River division will be restored for a long time. I hope it eventually is,but this delay might give the railfans of Eureka the time to establish itself as a first class railway in its own right.