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I was just up in northern Marin Cty and noticed an old and very abondoned RoW running thru Pt Reyes Station and up along the Tomales Bay and at least up to Tomales.

Was this line just built by Hollywood and Hitchcock to support his movie "The Birds"?  I'm joking but what was it called and what was it built to haul?  Lumber, dairy or fish? 

Love to hear the story and the name because I noticed a bridge with rails still exists over Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

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Comment by Chad Glover on August 22, 2016 at 5:32pm
Sorry, I had Santa Rosa on my mind. What you saw in Petaluma is the old right of way for the P&SRR to Sebastopol. I drove the roads awhile back to follow as much as I could. There is still an amazing Amount of it left.
Comment by Richard C. Brand on August 22, 2016 at 2:00pm

Yes that is the line and you can see it on the west side of 101 south and a bit west of Penngrove.  The NWP present line goes under 101 where the 101 shield sits on the map and up to Penngrove. 

From the link that you provided Chad, there may have been parallel tracks into the north end of Petaluma.

thanks for the info

Comment by Chad Glover on August 22, 2016 at 1:41pm
Comment by Chad Glover on August 22, 2016 at 1:39pm

I don't remember that section of track but the track to Sebastopol started on the south side of Hwy 12 where it crosses over the current line.  It basically paralleled Hwy12 all the way to Sebastopol then right to the north of Analy HS crossing Analy Ave and headed up to Hwy 116 ending near Forestville  Most of that line is now a trail you can bike or walk. 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on August 22, 2016 at 10:57am

Another question for you NWP history buffs.

Driving south down 101 yesterday and having lots of time to think while inching on where the highhway crosses over the NWP RoW, I recalled that there used to be a RoW along the west side of the highway where the car dealers are now and which switched off of the main near that overpass.

Is that where the line branched off to run Sebastapol?  I'm old enough to remember the tracks running down the main street of Sebastapol.  I know there is a map on the site here somewhere but was curious to hear any stories about that period of the NWP.  

Comment by Richard C. Brand on August 22, 2016 at 10:49am

Thank you Andrew.  Interesting how far it went and thru some hilly country too.

Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on August 21, 2016 at 8:53pm
Comment by Richard C. Brand on August 1, 2016 at 10:24pm

NSF:

I'd buy it if the rails were still there;-)

Comment by Chad Glover on August 1, 2016 at 4:17pm

http://www.sparselysageandtimely.com/blog/?p=13802

http://www.pacificng.com/template.php?page=roads/ca/npc/gotg.htm

Here is a couple cool articles about it.  A google search can bring up some more.

Comment by Steve Atnip on August 1, 2016 at 7:46am

We (NWPRRHS) have two sets of narrow gauge wheels with "NWP 1907" cast into them at the restoration yard, along with other parts that make it appear they were part of a flatcar. They were retrieved from Oroville of all places. There is a tube video about the recovery.

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