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7/13/2011, First official revenue train for the "New" NWP. 6 Grain cars using the RJ Korman leased Gen Set, 2009. I was running late so I couldn't stick arou...

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Comment by Bob Burns on July 15, 2011 at 10:18am

Al,

     I never even thought about which way the trains would have to enter when I was delivering there. I only remember one locomotive running through there light from the south. Now after looking at the Google image I realize it was probably coming from Dairymans Feed which is farther south than H&B. they would have to go south then come north through the switch to enter Dairymans on a curved track. The circular trackage looks to still be in place when the image was recorded. Trucks entered from E. Washington St and circled around to the back side by the river. The rail and truck pits were next to each other I believe.  I was wondering if it was part of the operating agreement they not use the train horns for the intown road crossings? I noticed the locomotive in this video didn't sound the horn for the crossing. The Cal Northern still sounds it's horn at all the crossings in Woodland although rather only briefly.  I still remember listening to the fast freight that would come though at night sounding it's horn on the way to Davis. Seems like the CNRR barely gets up rolling speed now. Bob B.

Comment by Zachary M. Toler on July 15, 2011 at 3:55am

Steve, you're awesome!! Who cares if you can or can't count, as long as you keep getting vidoes like this! Now that the NWP has revenue, maybe it's time to invest in a weed eater! Hows this for a public service anouncement-"Friends don't let the NWP ROW go without roundup!"

 

Zachary M. Toler

Comment by Al Merkrebs on July 14, 2011 at 5:57pm
Good observation, Bob Burns, about the train having to go north of the mill and then switch down south to the mill sidings.

On google maps, the switch looks like a double slip switch, just south of Payran St.
Seems like if the consist ever gets over 8 or 10 cars, the drivers on Payran waiting for the crossing arms to lift will have to wait for awhile!
Comment by Steve Atnip on July 13, 2011 at 4:44pm
Hey we should count cars together, 2 half wits make a whole wit!
Comment by Mike Davis on July 13, 2011 at 4:41pm
sorry I am 15 not 14 typo
Comment by Steve Atnip on July 13, 2011 at 4:20pm
If only I could count cars. (a lost art apparently) there were 5 not 6.
Comment by Mike Davis on July 13, 2011 at 4:11pm
Unfortunatly I couldn't get down there in time (don't have a car and and I am only 14, parents are still iffy about letting me ride my bike by myself) but I did talk to th H&B people and the cars might be pulled out on friday. Oh and B Richards it turns out that the 2 test run cars were hauld out a couple days later
Comment by Bob Burns on July 13, 2011 at 3:16pm

Ok, so getting old ain't too much fun! That should be Willow Brook not Creek, sheesh! I just Google maped H&B and realized the trains would come in from the north, not south?  I used to come in on Old Lakeville Hwy from the south with  the truck and grain hoppers. The truck pit is on the west side of the property. So now I think I know where the weeds are. The truck pit is shown in the video in the distance on the right where the round grain tanks are. I also noticed a set of truck grain hoppers on the pit dropping a load. Again a really great video! I feel much more oriented now. Bob B.

Comment by Bob Burns on July 13, 2011 at 2:49pm
Great work! Thanks Steve for your efforts. I was trying to place in my mind where the weed covered ROW was at actually. How far south of Hunt & Behrens was that? Wonder where the loads came from, most likely corn out of storage? I hauled a lot of corn into Hunt & Behrens during harvest season in years past. Loved those Petaluma runs to H&B, Dairymans, Willow Creek, off of Old RDWD HWY just west of Hwy 101. I think Willow Creek also has rail service as does Dairymans. Wonder if they'll start using the NWP instead of trucks? Great job Steve!  Bob B.
Comment by Mark Drury on July 13, 2011 at 1:17pm

Nice!!!  I especially like the way, early in the video, the train appears to be heading toward the camera, but no tracks are visible for all the weeds, and we're left thinking, "Surely that can't be the ROW!?"  Also gives me the perfect excuse to buy some more HO C&NW covered hoppers.  Thanks for sharing, Steve!

 

Mark

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