Thank you Mark. I'm glad to be a part of this historic line. I think the membership will find my profile interesting. I'm in the excursion train business and we are launching the service between LA & Vegas later this year. www.vegasxtrain.com I think there are some excellent possibilities on the NWP as well for a wine train. More to come on my profile. Interested to see how the members feel about it. - mb
Just an update for you here. I resolved my profile pic upload problem with the help of a forum on the NING website. It said that usually when a profile pic fails to load it's a browser problem so I switched to Google Chrome as they suggested and problem solved. Just wanted to pass this along for you in case you get the same issue with anyone else.
Hey Mark, is there any news on the northern end of NWP? I heard about a proposal for a tourist railroad, did that ever get into action? I was also wondering when SMART would get up to healdsburg or Cloverdale, its been too long since a train has been up there. Ok, final question, :P. Is the Russian River track still in good shape? I mean, if it was, we could send a repair train up from the southern end, and we could slowly repair the railroad.
I am seeking to get some of your SMART videos to add to a video I am making about SMART construction. I do not live in your area so what video I have is when ever I am there. I need the operation of the SMART cars which I have seen on this site. Is there a way to get them off the site or do I need to buy some from you? Please email me. email@example.com Victor
Thanks a ton for letting me join! I'm a Petaluma native who grew up chasing trains up and down the line, I have some good memories as a young young kid of being asleep at Mary's Pizza Shack in Petaluma and waking up to look out the window when I heard the horn blow. Also, my mom would often ask conductors and bridge operators if I could follow them on their duties and a few times I was able to help turn both the Haystack and Black Point bridges, as well as ride the train from Novato to Petaluma.
I'd really like to learn a bit more about the Sherwood Branch, as lately a friend and I have been fixing fence along a stretch of old ties (no tracks) just outside where Sherwood once stood.
Really really happy to be here, looking forward to being a member!
Hi Mark. Thanks for allowing me to join this wonderfull site devoted to the Northwestern Pacific rr. I've looked at many photos & videos & they are all excellent While my HO modeling interests still follow the late GREAT SP (diesel era), i'm very interested in the current NWP rr operations & will be modeling this modern era more now. Even going to build a model of NWP 2009 (the railpower Genset unit). I absolutely love the local operations in Petaluma Ca.
Thank you, Mark. I am no stranger to the NWP. I first saw it in action when I was riding with my parents in 1940 and we stopped to watch an electric interurban car pass by in the early evening. My mother had ridden the narrow gauge to Pt. Reyes station about 1920 with her grandmother and told me about her ride. My grandfather used to enjoy telling me, as a pre-teen, about the time he was walking home from Pt. Reyes station to Sausalito and was walking through the original narrow gauge White's Hill Tunnel with his Irish Setter dog in the 1890s when a passenger train came along. He grabbed the dog, picked it up and the 2 of them crowed tightly against a vertical support beam. The train passed them safely without ever seeing them. In 1971, just before all NWP passenger service ended because of Amtrak, my wife and I, with our 6 year old son, rode the RDC (Rail Diesel Car) from Willits to Eureka, stayed in a motel near the Eureka station, and came back the next day. Took lots of B&W photos. I was President of the NWP RR Historical Society 1991 to March 1994 (limited to 3 terms by the By-Laws) but remained the Librarian/Archivist for the Society from January 1993 until July 1998. I am still a member of the NWPRRHS but am no longer active in it. My friends are and several are officers of it.
Mark, Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm looking forward to learning a lot more about the NWPRR through this great network. I've invited my father and grandfather to join as well, so hopefully you'll see them here soon as well.
Thanks for the welcome, Mark! I became interested again in railroading from visiting the model railroaders at the Healdsburg train depot. What a layout they are putting together! I grew up in Windsor, listening at night to the train horns, and walking to the tracks to watch the day freight.
Something wrong with the calendar on the site but I sent you a note earlier today about Keith Ode. Now it seems he has gone over the top and lost his control so it is time to restrict his access to the site. Do you know how to do that as Master?
His claim that this is a public site is not correct. While the public can read what is on the site, not anyone can post. As a members site, we all accept the innate responsibility of remaining respectful of other members. Mr. Ode has not upheld his responsibility and needs to be restricted.
I worked as a Electrician, Communications Line man and a Signal Maintainer. On the NWP we did all 3 crafts were as on most other railroad's they had separate unions and you could not cross over. Enjoyed it very much from 1976 through 1997. I like the site one of the best. I have lots of stories to tell about my time with the NWP.