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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?
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.
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!
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!
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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