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.
Mark, is it possible you can restrict/remove Keith Ode's access to the site? i know this issue was last week, but i want to unload this from my chest.
Keith was right in that there is a fair amount of off-topic content posted, but that is no way gives him a right to bully tommy like he did and make all those asinine comments. For future reference i ask if you can better moderate this site and remove people who can't be civil.
I am an archaeologist and historian based here in Eureka. We are frequently dealing with projects that have the NWPRR grade present. Thought this would be a good forum to throw out a few questions.
I also have a family connection to the grade as it was the main way my grandparent accessed their cattle and timber ranch at Bell Springs. They owned the ground under the Bell Springs station, and the ranch lands between Blue Rock and Bell Spring creeks. I still have some of that ranch in the family.
I am also the current president of the Humboldt County Historical Society. Lets do something together to promote the history of the rail. Alex Service, who recently completed a new NWPRR book (with another author) is on our board.
Thanks for allowing to join. I'm fascinated at the NWP and the whole Northern California thing (I'm in New Jersey). Looking forward to the SMART train and eventual relaying of the rails to Larkspur. I'll be back in September...and, oh yeah, NOT a big fan of Lagunitas so far...I'll stick with Marin Brewing!!!
Appreciate the welcome Mark, and thanks for letting me join. I first became aware of the NWP when I saw a photo of Espee SW1 1000 (I think) on the NWP. Since then I've managed to learn more and even managed to travel along 101 north to Eureka. But unfortunately, the first time I was driving from Sacramento to Roseburg, OR and I had to be at work that night! There was no time for any sightseeing. : /p>
The second, I was with someone and we were trying to do too much in too little time. I wish I'd been a little better prepared. For instance, are the Petaluma and Ukiah depots still standing? I just finished watching Pentrex's NWP DVD last night, but I'll need to watch it again.
Thanks for the welcome note. I'm Carol Alexander's partner (in crime). :-) I do love trains (it is in my DNA, as my grandfather was an engineer on the B&O), but now I am in it for the Bovine Bakery Gluten Free cookies (Steve A. gifted me with one of them).
Thank you! I have been placing them in albums, unless I have missed something in the process. if so, please let me know. The "new" photo upload system is soooo much better than the old method. Thanks for all you do with this list!
Thanks for the welcome. I have an interesting relationship with the NWP. I grew up in Ferndale and could hear the train make its way through Fernbridge. I moved to Penngrove as an adult and used to hike along the track into Rohnert Park. I then moved to railroad square in Santa Rosa, again next to the tracks. For a birthday I had a group of 14 people hike from Railroad Square to Penngrove along the tracks. My obsession grew from there. A buddy and I have now hiked along the tracks in sections between Cloverdale and Larkspur and out to Schellville. Our next trip is from Cloverdale to Hopland. Any idea how many of the five tunnels are open in that stretch? Thanks for this great forum!
Thanks for the note on my membership to the group. I am a retired metallurgical engineer (GE) with interests in both model railroading and mineralogy. I have a 4 x 8 three level logging layout running Shays, Climaxes, and Heislers. All my logging cars are home made and I run DCC now. I have always had a keen interest in the Northwestern Pacific Railroad because of its great history. I have both of Fred Stindt's books and have modeled some of the cars. We get to Santa Rosa from time to time (daughter lives there) and have observed the "condition" of the rail line along 101(lots of weeds, rust, etc.). I was thrilled to see the rebirth of the line in connection with the SMART transit system. I think the system is a go with the horrible traffic on 101! I have been following the progress on the web with all the videos of the rail trains and improvements. Great show!! Thanks again.