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Comment by steven richard bell on February 7, 2017 at 5:25pm

If I knew how to post my old b/w photos and slides of railroad activity in Nor.Calif. I would; since I do not know procedure for transferring photos and slides directly to and off of my laptop cannot show old photos  from Bay Area and the Feather River Canyon;Portola, Quincy,Virgilia etc. Also have hundreds of negatives from Oakland and San Francisco. Some of those are from aboard the Oakland Terminal RR and aboard the Santa Fe jeep being used in the city unloading the rail barge at Santa Fe dock in the city.  Those aboard shots were taken with my RB67 camera not 35mm

Comment by David L ILLICH on January 29, 2017 at 10:53am

and i have not been out to take new photo with hwy 37 being closed  but it is now open  .

it has kind of made it hard to get out and get some new photos. as i leave near there .

Comment by Scott Kremer on January 28, 2017 at 12:45am

SRB -- The flooding and storms shut things down for a while. Everything seems to be back up and running now. I have not been out to document any of the recent action. 

Comment by steven richard bell on January 27, 2017 at 11:07pm

I accept your apologies with this priviso; I have never used potty mouth language on this or any  other web site and am neither lacking taste nor am I a dumbass. Are you comparing me to you then, my friend you must have been looking in a mirror when you called me those names, etc. 

Comment by steven richard bell on January 27, 2017 at 9:28pm

No videos since this one? The floods must have receded by now. Where are new videos of events on the NWPRR or SMART?  I don't have time to drive to Marin County to see activiry--if any. 

I assume when Smart is up and running (?) all NWPRR action will be at night or on weekends. Is that true or will that be the case? 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 14, 2016 at 2:09pm


While I'm in no way a diesel loco expert I have work on diesel engines mostly Caterpillar.  Yes I too saw that smoke and especially the gray smoke which indicates incorrect fuel/air mixture.  A good mechanic should be able to get that adjusted unless it is a design flaw.  Diesel technology is not rocket science.

I seem to remember that NWP got this loco from R. J. Corman who should have a lot of experience with these models.

Who is the engine supplier for these gensets?   After all the engines for the not-so DMU's were manufactured by Cummins which has designed and built a LOT of diesel engines.

By the way folks I love these techie mechanical discussions as I am a mechanical engineer and have rebuilt a lot of internal combustion engines.

Comment by Scott Kremer on December 14, 2016 at 12:17am

Thanks, Peter

Thank you Richard, The DMU was slowing down for the crossings, and it was meeting another DMU in front of it, who knows whats happening with 1922, and there is no plan for 5076 to get repainted. 

Carl, yes, 2009 was smoking way more than usual. She is having a lot of problems lately, typical of a genset. 

Comment by Carl O'Connor on December 14, 2016 at 12:01am
Was it me or was 2009 smoking more than normal??
Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 13, 2016 at 10:47pm


That is a wonderful tour-de-force status report on the renovated NWP/smart rail line.  2009 is looking very dapper and well cared for but I fear we may be at the end of the NWP line for the gray ghost.  While she sounds great as always, she looks terrible and they seem to be working her hard like they did with 1322 before her lease was up.  Is 5076 in the paint shop getting ready to replace 1922?  OK you fans go snoop.  Vallejo rail shop?

Then in the section in the Schellville yard we can see that second caboose that Andrew? said remained.  That is reassuring as is those tankers still sitting in the yard.  A financial Christmas present to the NWP.

Finally a DMU moving slowly so as not to break the crankshaft of its motor?  Or is it waiting to pass one of our NWP locos sitting on a spur down the line.  Note the lights sitting in the distance. 

The good news for me is that in true RR tradition, there is controversy and conflict along with positive activity.  No Healdsburg yet but we will get there I'm sure and with the number of DMU runs that I witnessed last month while in Windsor those rails have to shining or else Nippon Sharyo ( are you still with us?) built them out of recycled Calistoga bottles.

My favorite university was paid for with a railroad baron's questionable income.  Indeed when I show my grandkids the YouTube videos of UP pulling up on Donner Pass and they ask if that train has passengers, I can tell them that we still have a passenger service on which I will take them thru the Donner sheds.  If the new administration shows any signs of curtailing Amtrak I will expect all of you to raise a fuss. 

So again Scott thanks for standing there in the cold with your camera and we will see what develops for the revived NWP next year.

Cheers and remember to have at least a dozen Lagunitas Holiday ales to keep those hoppers rolling. 


Comment by Scott Kremer on December 13, 2016 at 9:33pm


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