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10/6/11 1922 Northbound at Petaluma Depot with 8 grain cars, 4 for H&B and 4 for Dairyman's. Shot by Steve Atnip.

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Comment by Bob Burns on October 13, 2011 at 4:16pm

Great videos, gotta love those high hoods!

Has anybody given a thought to stopping by H&B and asking when they expect  deliveries and what time of day?  If they give out the info then the railfans could setup photo shoots from the interchange point, north of Skaggs Island, Schellville, Sears Point, Black Point, etc.,  to Petaluma? Be easier than "listening for the horn" or  running around just waiting for the train to showup. Just a thought anyway. I know when I delivered truck loads of grain into H&B the scale lady seemed quite friendly, it might be worth a try, a box of SEE's candy might help. :-)

Comment by Jennifer on October 13, 2011 at 1:05pm
Awesome!  Such a welcome sight to see.  I really dig the NWP (old SP) style too...  and very nicely shot and composed.
Comment by Gus Campagna on October 11, 2011 at 11:15am

The area the train is traveling on, in front of the depot, was not replaced. The section the train is approaching, across Washington Street was replaced when the main line bridge was rebuilt and raised above the 'flood plane'. A new switch was cut in at that time to serve Dairyman's spur as the old bridge over the Petaluma 'River' was removed as noted below.


Comment by Lawrence LaBranche on October 11, 2011 at 9:43am
There was a section of track that was replaced to put in a spur during the closure. Via direct connection to the mainline. It used to go over a tresstle. To get there. Problem was tresstle tend to catch brush and other stuff floating down, causing flooding.
Comment by Charles Forssi on October 11, 2011 at 8:19am
Thank you for the video. The tracks at this point look pretty stable and reliable. Was this area used at all before the new NWP started up operations? Has the track always been this stable here? Thank you, Charles

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