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With only 2 sawmills in operation it would never be feisible to reopen the line. What would possibly work is a reload facility in Ukiah


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Comment by Bob Cleek on January 24, 2018 at 4:57pm

While I've been told that the Pacific Rim cargo shipping has been slowing down of late, as far as "somewhere up on the north coast near Eureka" goes, your tax dollars  created the Port of Humboldt in Eureka which can berth nine Panamax vessels simultaneously. The primary cargoes handled by the port are petroleum products (diesel oil and gasoline for local use) and forest products, most of which are shipped to Asia.


A major container terminal would be a likely improvement, since Eureka is about a two days shorter trip from Asian ports than ports south, but, as far as rail transport goes, the NWP ROW would need to be remodeled to accommodate "low rider" "piggyback" container cars so they could be sent right on through on the national system.  That would probably require higher bridge and tunnel overhead clearances to run the stacked containers through.

Comment by Richard C. Brand on January 24, 2018 at 10:35am

The really big $$$ driver would be a decision to bring Asian cargo ships into a port somewhere up on the north coast near Eureka.  I know the Chambers of Commerce up there would love to see this happen.

But we've had that discussion many times before on this network.

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