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These locomotives were parked here in 1997, after the northern part of the line shut down due to no money, and a lot of issues with the environment. 
 Ever since early 1997, these trains have been slowly rotting away, due to rain and other weather in Eureka, and they are covered in graffiti. We want to save them, because these kind of locomotives are extremely rare now a days. (Correct me if I'm wrong)  This is the current condition of these locomotives. #3190 is on the end of these locomotives, near the rear of the photo. You may notice the fence next to the locomotives, Eureka put it up to "preserve" the artwork on the locomotives. #3190 hauled President Eisenhower, and it hauled the famous Powhatan Arrow.
  If you want these to be saved, post what you think about this. The bottom image is what it looked like in 1997, before the rotting happened, and the railroad  was still maintained. Abandoning these trains, in my opinion, is not good for the NWP or the environment. 

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Comment by Emilio Galo on February 15, 2015 at 6:33pm
Thank you for your replies on this.
Comment by Chad Gustafson on December 16, 2013 at 2:03pm

W. Scott Allen, 

Do you have any pictures of the event or know of where we can get some? Pictures of the 1996-98 NWP are pretty scarce. 

Comment by W. Scott Allen on December 13, 2013 at 9:46pm


Not sure how to help you out. I do know when I "rented" a GP9 from NWP on 4JUL1996 that the GPs painted in the "Black Widow" paint scheme came from a rebuilder in Colorado. Their information is on a plate attached to those locomotives. The Central California Traction was a faded pink back then but still ran well. The Black Widow GP9 (I think 5323) pulled 9 passenger cars from Arcata to Eureka on an hourly schedule all day for the city of Eureka's the Fourth of July activities. Tickets were $5 a piece whether you were an adult or child (they wanted to charge more but I argued and won). At least one member from the Eureka Model RR club was in each passenger car all day telling the story of the NWP to the passengers. The riders, both adults and kids, loved it. Every train was packed! We even sold refreshments in a club car. The last train was an hour late because we had so many riders. We grossed $12,000.00 for the club that day! After paying the rent and other expenses, we still netted $10,500.00 for the club. People as far away as Los Angeles, California, came to ride and see a Black Widow painted GP9. It was a great day.

It is sad to see these deteriated like this. I have an HO model replica of the Central California Traction 70. That is about the best I can do at the moment......

Comment by Emilio Galo on December 9, 2013 at 4:38pm

No idea Jelani.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on December 5, 2013 at 11:26pm
Well, problem solved.
Comment by Mike Davis on December 5, 2013 at 11:07pm

the two CCT locomotives in Willits are owned by Jim Brugger.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on December 5, 2013 at 10:15pm

From what I understand, BUGX owns these locomotives except for 70, which is owned by the NCRA...(correct me if I'm wrong. Or NCRA owns the other CCT equipment in Willits...always get them confused. Either way.)

NWP will repair the line, theres no doubt with that. But its all on money, which they don't have right now. So, we shall wait for money to trickle in then shall we see shome prahgress. 

Comment by Emilio Galo on December 5, 2013 at 7:09pm

NWP needs to repair the line and get their act together with these locomotives.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on December 4, 2013 at 4:00pm

I was thinking more a long this line:

But that is sweet!

Comment by Chad Gustafson on December 4, 2013 at 3:46pm

Should the scrapping order come in, I'm sure the network could have some leeway in getting to the locomotives first, armed with screwdrivers and torches to save some of the best parts.

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