Chad. are you still having trouble connecting to this site? I did what leo isotalo mentioned on the connection problem discussion, and it worked. no more problems connecting. give it a try and see if it works for you. good luck
Nice having you on board. Hopefully we will be able to share a lot of great pictures and news of the Railroad Systems here in California and elsewhere. I am going to upload a few pictures that I took a couple of weeks ago of some of the old NWP railroad crossings. They are a sad thing to look at.
Well, after looking around Altamont Press for a few hours, I really didn't see anything bad about us, but many were totally SLAMMING "foamers." I wonder if they are referring to NWPFOAM, or what. That being said, there were plenty of NWP antis posing as railfans. A lot of political bashing, too, SO glad we don't have too much of that here! One post did say Altamont would be closing down soon, due to lack of time table sales or something like that. Now, I still need to check out FOAM...
Hey, Chad, which other NWP "fan" sites are bashing us? Maybe a few of us need to go join these other sites in order to defend the Networks' (and our own) reputation. I'm in, but a few others to back me up couldn’t hurt. Maybe I need to start another group on here...
Hey there P&SRkid, yeah, this is what's left of CWR #54 after the 1970 wreck. She wrecked along with the other Baldwins 52 and 51. Lucky #53 was sick that day and had to stay in the shop in Ft. Bragg, that's why she rests in Willits at ROOTS today instead of in the scrapyard. It took the old memory of a story I heard from a skunk engineer when I was a kid in Ft. Bragg, a good bit of research and some great knowledge from a member of this site. She's been out there all alone in the woods every night for 41 years. You can visit her if you know where to look. Message me if want more info.
Thanks for the info on the Walthers GP 9 locomotives. Maybe I'll shop around on the internet for one or two.
Just FYI though, If you paid $70.00 and then dropped another $50.00 on aftermarket parts to detail it out, you could have used the money to purchase an undecorated Proto 2000 GP 9 on E-bay (unless you are including the cost of the decoder in the $50.00). I have purchased three GP 9's and one GP 7 Proto 2000 models over the past five or six months. I have paid between $50.00 to $70.00 for each one. As you are aware, the Proto 2000 models come with many separately applied detailed parts in the package.
I still have to purchse the decoders and the light bulbs or LEDs for the lights to work with the decoder. I have the engine black paint and the Microscale NWP decal sets for them though.
Actually, I am glad I have not had the time to actually work on painting and decaling them though. Becasue now that the current NWP is operating a freshly painted SP Gray and Scarlet "Bloody Nose" GP 9 without dynamic brakes (NWP #1922), I know I will make my own #1922 model with one of my undecorated Proto 2000 GP 9's.
The July Model Railroader arrived at my home yesterday, so if you haven't received yours yet I imagine you'll see it Tuesday. The photo of Mitch's layout is in the Trackside Photos section. The issue also includes a generally favorable review of the Bachmann Spectrum 4-4-0 -- sure wish they'd make one of these in NWP livery. Regards,
I wish I had CWR diesel models to photograph, but I don't. I had heavily kitbashed one of the ex-McCloud River Baldwin RS-12s (CWR No.56) about 20 years ago from an Athearn S-12 body and a scratch-built short dynamic brake hood which was applied to an Atlas ALCo RS-11 chassis. It survived three years but took a bad rolling nose-dive off a display layout which it was visiting and was smashed to pieces.
I have since acquired 5 or 6 Stewart Models/Bowser Baldwin switchers and plan to build CWR's Baldwin diesels from them, but a lot of alterations are necessary to make the models accurate for CWR's units, especially DS44-750 numbers 51 & 52 which were both built on longer leftover VO-1000 cast steel chassis, and therefore had longer engine hoods than Stewart's models. I have two Stewart VO-1000 chassis that will host the altered DS44-1000 hoods when I can find the time to do the body-stretching, etc.
That'll be a toughie. As far as I know there are no commercial contemporary CWR decals made for anything in any scale. 30 years ago there were some sets for the Super Skunk steam train of the 1960s-early '70s but those are long gone. You'll have to go to a custom decal manufacturer like RailGraphics and order something.
Details may be a little easier since there's an abundance of good brass, plastic and pewter diesel details from Details West and Details Associates, Overland/OMI...
I have toyed with the idea of doing units 64-66 but if I do I'm taking a different path. I cut off my interest in the railroad as it was when they used the deep blue-green and rich yellow on the Baldwin diesels. So my ALCo RS-11s and EMD Geeps will wear those colors...if I ever get around to doing those "newer" units. ;o)
Hi Chad, I have been traveling and just saw your question... Yes, I am the curator of the SPCRR collection at Ardenwood. We are in Fremont CA at the intersection of 880 and Hwy 84... We start our operating season April 1