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This reads like a description of a VW van-camper of which I have had several with much enjoyment. NOt so much of a "speedster" as you ? but still a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful Sonoma Valley. So go north on 101 from Petaluma into Mendocino County take some pictures in the Willits yard and post them for us.
Take your velocipede with you in the van because up there you could have a great ride but also be careful of those tunnels and have a Happy Thanksgiving up in that country that I love.
My speedster is a Westfalia Marigold color speedster(?) built about 1976. It seats 4 with room for tools etc. below , Not very powerful but practicle if you like tickles. No photos as it is not photogenic. I plan on being in Petaluma on Nov. 21 with it.
You are probably right about enforcement as there seems to be a major effort by one of the agencies to patrol the active grade crossings. Last week I saw people get pretty anxious to go around the crossing gates when a DMU was approaching slowly. There was a lot of DMU traffic going up and down the RoW.
Steven somebody in this forum must know, I don't, but there should be a w-site dedicated to speeders. What model do you have? Would you send a picture to this site?
Being as the SMART ROW runs to the Headsburg station, and as the entire line north of that is presently idle NCRA ROW, I'd expect that it's not legally available for public velocipede or speeder recreational use. On the SMART section, you may encounter the SMART police and perhaps local enforcement on the rest. I'd check before making a run. It isn't like you might run into a train on the ROW, but you may run into a trespassing citation. Just sayin'.
Thanks Scott. Do you know or does anyone else know how far north of Windsor River Rd the tracks are usable for freight?
Steven you may want to learn the answer to my question too as the line north of Petaluma can be pretty busy. Last Thursday when I was up in Windsor south of the airport, smart trains made at least 6 passes within 3 hours.
How does one get to Windsor? Go via 101 or follow the tracks? I have a speeder and velocipede so can I use either to get there from Petaluma where I will be entering onto tracks? What days is the NWP not operating so I can travel unimpeded by rail operation? I will be in Petaluma on November 21. Thanks
RCB:Thanks, and what I mean by that is if you go to the Windsor Train Station, look South, there is a side track there that the NWP uses when they go to Windsor to run around the consist to get the locomotive on the other end. Here is a link to Google Maps street view, facing the siding they use, just zoom in and you'll see it:
You are our star video capture person and I love your work so keep it up.
But I don't understand your comments that 5076 "...ran up to the siding at the Windsor Depot, where the line ends, ran around, and headed back to Schellville short hood forward. Given that there is no loop up there, do you mean that 5076 just uncoupled and then ran down south around the consist and recoupled on the other end? If so did they use an old NWP off-line spur in Windsor to get around the freight cars?
James Bradley has posted about the fact that the Starr Road grade crossing on the smart RoW in Windsor has not been upgraded. I'm hoping that this freight activity in north Windsor is an indication of a push on opening the line north even without smart.
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