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Long 47 Car Storage Train on the NWP Featuring GP9 #1922: Schellville, CA 9-8-16

After getting a heads-up about storage cars coming in on the NWP, I quickly mobilized to go get them. Seen here, GP9 #1922 does the honors of pulling the 47 ...

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Comment by Richard Todd on September 24, 2016 at 6:25pm

Am I remembering correctly that NCRA "owns" the track, and that SMART has operating rights from San Rafael north? That means that the stored loaded cars are miles from the trackage that is used by SMART. If  any organization has a beef, it is the NCRA.

I live near a town of 30,000 with a CSX main line through the heart of town. We see loaded and empty tank trains going both north and south bound every day. There are seldom used sidings close by that are used to store all kinds of cars, including tank cars, loaded and empty.

Where is the beef??? The cars are made to move the cargo they are designed for. They pose far less of a danger sitting than they do in motion.

It is money for NWP, which is essential for its survival. The comments by the SMART spokesperson show an appalling lack of understanding of the realties of railroading.  

Comment by Jordan on September 24, 2016 at 12:13pm

More so than most areas, the Bay Area has quite the variety of railroads in a relatively small space, both passenger and freight. There's a lot of social interaction between employees of different carriers, and some people here have been following smart happenings from an insider's point of view, since we have former BNSF guys working for smart. From what I've heard around work and from employees of other railroads, smart seems to be quite the laughing stock in the industry.

Comment by Michael H Harrison on September 24, 2016 at 9:38am

SMART Has a long history of caving to the public. It is very possible that NWP was acting in the right when it comes to SMART and then the news happened. If the public found out about this, I could see SMART trying to say they dont know anything about this. I have to say that the whole bike trail crap was to make people happy. 

Comment by Don Underwood on September 24, 2016 at 2:16am

One more reason I avoid watching KPIX "news."  There are some intelligent, informed comments at the end of the story.

Comment by Chris on September 24, 2016 at 1:58am

Well you could see this coming.  You know SMART would never give permission to store these cars on their tracks.  I'm pretty sure the SMART/NWP operating agreement prohibits transporting hazardous materials.  NWP must feel like the potential gain is worth the fight and bad PR.  Very curious.   

Comment by Richard C. Brand on September 23, 2016 at 11:25pm

Just watching the TV news tonight and watched as CBS Channel 5 news has reported on the cars in Schellville being loaded with liquid petroleum and parked on the NWP siding.

The story is out and we will see how it plays out,

Personally I would like to see the solution being the $$$ being committed to renovating the line north of Healdsburg and putting the cars up north of Healdsburg.

Comment by Chad Glover on September 22, 2016 at 9:21am

I drove through Shellville on Monday, that's a long string of cars.  Sorry but no pictures from me.  Someone with a drone could get a great view of them.

Comment by Andrew Roth on September 21, 2016 at 11:48pm

Thanks Richard. I don't happen to have any photos, but I know where they are. They're all tied down in the remains of what was once the Schellville Yard, which is now just two 5,000 foot sidings. 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on September 21, 2016 at 11:42pm

In this string I lost my train of thought.  Looks to me like all smoke and mirrors.  Or at least from 1922 which was pulling hard. 

Seriously Andrew, loved your post.  Any pictures of where those 47+ cars are now parked?

Comment by Andrew Roth on September 21, 2016 at 7:28pm

You're welcome, but I'm sorry... you're not punny at all lol

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