Dedicated to Sharing the Heritage of Redwood Empire Railroading
One issue that has struck me in our discussions about the reopening of the NWP is that limited or no traffic exists in the northern half. This is because many of the industries that supported the railroad are gone. I think we have to think about the issue in reverse. In the olden days towns would fight and almost go to war with each other to get the track laid to their town because the citizens new the railroad brought business, industry, and money. In other words if you built rail the money would come. Is it possible that if the rebuilding of the line was looked as a way to catalyze growth instead of depending on pre existing business from a depressed area there would be more traction to rebuild? In other words if the rail was rebuilt businesses that died after the rail left would revive and the economy would begin to thrive? Thoughts?