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More changes coming for Napa Valley RR... see comments below for newspaper interview with owners.

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Comment by Richard C. Brand on April 24, 2017 at 10:06pm

For the record the NVRR when it first was reopened tried to revised a freight business.  I remember seeing at least one box car hauling loads from Grgich Hills winery.  My guess though is that DeDomenico had no idea how to create a freight hauling market.

The last time I rode on the Wine Train, it was a swing and sway trip as the RoW was pretty marginal with light weight rail deployed throughout most of the line.  Like riding on the Niles Canyon RR.  Right now the NVRR controls the condition of the equipment running on those rails.  Does the new consortium understand that bringing in interstate cars can become an RoW maintenance problem for their passenger service?

Comment by Carl O'Connor on April 24, 2017 at 8:33pm
Wouldn't Genesee wyoming have priority on switching since it would be in thier territory?
Comment by Steve Atnip on April 24, 2017 at 8:30pm
The Lagunitas spur bid also came in at "just under" 1 mil, when they were guessing 250K. May be rethinking?
Comment by Bob Cleek on April 24, 2017 at 8:25pm

I do recall reading that, although, as there was a preexisting turnout there which SMART simply failed to replace when they laid new track, claiming it was "unused," I would think that there would be no permitting jurisdiction by the City because the FRA trumps (pardon the pun!) local authorities on railroad maintenance and improvements on existing rights of way.

Comment by Chad Glover on April 24, 2017 at 8:12pm
I'm sure the planning and EIR's are done. In the last NCRA meeting didn't they say it was permitted and ready to go? That being said I see your point.
Comment by Bob Cleek on April 24, 2017 at 7:43pm

I doubt most businesses would be making any announcements in that direction.  Just imagine if they did and drew all sorts of NIMBYs squawking about train horns and switching noise at night!  The last thing they need are lawsuits demanding EIRs and so on.  It's a jungle out there, you know!

Comment by Chad Glover on April 24, 2017 at 7:03pm
I wonder if sending Lagunitas a nice inquiring email might get some answers?
Comment by Bob Cleek on April 24, 2017 at 6:54pm

At the risk of "thread drift," which isn't always a bad thing, does anybody know what the plans are for the Lagunitas turnout?  Are they going to have a couple of them, one with a hopper dump, and another track for loading and unloading boxcars.  I'd think that they might ultimately be receiving palletized glass and shipping palletized bottled beer, or might they be loading intermodal containers and sending those out by rail?  Just curious.  Lagunitas, which is in my neighborhood, seems to be getting bigger and bigger every day!

Comment by Chad Glover on April 24, 2017 at 6:47pm
If that happened NWP would be hauling box cars. Too bad it's not up the main line though. I guess when Lagunitas is finished they will be getting some
Comment by Bob Cleek on April 24, 2017 at 3:29pm

Very interesting news about the NVRR's plans for freight traffic.  Seemingly, that's an opportunity for the NWP Co. RR.  It would make sense for NVRR to contract with the NWP Co. to handle its freight traffic, or so it would seem.

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