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I Wonder If? Freidman's Petaluma
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Could Freidman's new store under construction in Petaluma have any thoughts of maybe building or requesting a spur to the mainline. Seems to me to be a good idea since they are so close, and this…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roger Graeber Oct 26, 2013.

How Quick we forget
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I really think it's great that SMART is getting this money to complete the segment to Larkspur. I have also noted in newspaper stories that a portion of the money will go to restore the Anderson…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew F. Laverdiere Oct 4, 2013.

Petaluma Poultry??
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I have read in a couple of postings, several times in fact of deliveries of feed by NWP to Petaluma Poultry. If this is true where would that be? The only address I know of for Pet Poult is on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Atnip Jan 17, 2013.

Ballast Rock
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Does anyone know where all the rock and gravel for the rebuilding is coming from?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David L ILLICH Dec 12, 2012.

 

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Roger Graeber replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion I Wonder If? Freidman's Petaluma
"John Williams has been making a pitch to the NCRA board for mor help adding switches"
Oct 26, 2013
Chris replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion I Wonder If? Freidman's Petaluma
"Of course it is lol"
Oct 18, 2013
Carl O'Connor replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion I Wonder If? Freidman's Petaluma
"That's what smart wants. The line only for their passenger trains. Or trolleys as a train is usually more than 2 cars."
Oct 18, 2013
David L ILLICH replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion I Wonder If? Freidman's Petaluma
"and removing siding and pi@^ off the nwp operator hindering them from getting more customors on line"
Oct 18, 2013
Chris replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion I Wonder If? Freidman's Petaluma
"Anybody know what they are going to use the old Adobe Lumber spur for?  I would have to imagine they have plans to use it since SMART re-built it."
Oct 17, 2013
Carl O'Connor replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion I Wonder If? Freidman's Petaluma
"They would have to put it across a drainage ditch and I'm sure the environmental people would have a cow. I thought the same thing but it looks to tight to me and smart probably won't let them put a switch in without a fight. Smart has…"
Oct 17, 2013
Alan D Nelson posted a discussion

I Wonder If? Freidman's Petaluma

Could Freidman's new store under construction in Petaluma have any thoughts of maybe building or requesting a spur to the mainline. Seems to me to be a good idea since they are so close, and this would make them the only hardware/lumber retailer in Sonoma County able to accept railcar loads of lumber for a possibly HUGE lumberyard. Hmmmm....See More
Oct 17, 2013
Andrew F. Laverdiere replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion How Quick we forget
"Heh heh. Reminds me about the old saying 'sins of the father'."
Oct 4, 2013
Bob Cleek replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion How Quick we forget
"I remember well when San Rafael built the Anderson Avenue extension over the ROW.  SMART (IIRC) objected strenuously and the city said, "We'll pay for any necessary grade crossing work if and when the ROW is ever used…"
Oct 3, 2013
Steve Atnip replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion How Quick we forget
"Per wikipedia " The cost to San Rafael of the Andersen Drive crossing of the Larkspur-San Rafael segment is significant. The street was extended by San Rafael in the mid-1990s to cross the tracks on a "temporary road". In July…"
Oct 3, 2013
Michael H Harrison replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion How Quick we forget
"Arcata said the same thing... if... and only if... getting Arcata to fix that is going to be epic..."
Oct 3, 2013
Chad Gustafson replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion How Quick we forget
"Well who has money? Especially California, let a lone the entire country. We really cannot take into account what was said a decade ago or even four or five years ago."
Oct 2, 2013
Jeff Thomas replied to Alan D Nelson's discussion How Quick we forget
"I heard somewhere that San Rafael basically said they don't have the money, so if SMART wants the work done in within the next decade they have to do it themselves. I'll see if I can find the article again."
Oct 2, 2013
Alan D Nelson posted a discussion

How Quick we forget

I really think it's great that SMART is getting this money to complete the segment to Larkspur. I have also noted in newspaper stories that a portion of the money will go to restore the Anderson grade crossing. If I remember correctly, when the City of San Rafael paved over the tracks they stated that if the rail was ever to be reinstated that they (the city) would remedy the situation to make the rails usable. Does anyone else remember this statement? I hope so as I feel that someone needs to…See More
Oct 2, 2013
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Jun 18, 2013
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At 9:47am on February 4, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

Alan    I went down behind Lagunitas Saturday and all the track is laid with concrete ties. I see no creosote switch ties in the area so my hope of a spur stub is dwindling. However, in case you missed it, there is a hopeful update by Ron Close on "Ballast Train" couple of days back that is very informative about some spurs etc along the section between Corona Rd and Ely Rd.   Jim  PS  There are some bundles of new creosote ties alongside track between Ely and Willowbrook and at this time they have not rebuilt between Ely and Adobe spur,  so Rons info sounds good

At 5:56pm on February 1, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

Alan    Thank you for the information.  It is sad to see that as I wonder if they have any shippers lined up between Willowbrook feeds in Petaluma and Standard Structures. Mead Clark would have been one I would have thought. There was one that lead into the Todd road industrial park to a recycle company. Maybe that is the one you are speaking of.  If they are allowed 16 switches/spurs with the Smart agreement, I wonder where they will be? That is a random number as well. Why not 15 or 20 unless they have plans? I was in San Rafael yesterday and I wonder about Golden State lumber. They have a huge lumber yard right along the right-of-way I believe. NCRA did say a couple of years ago that they were not going south of Ignacio wye at any time. I don't know why not. In fact, I don't know much of anything! I will keep a lookout as well. Thanks  Jim

At 11:37am on February 1, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

Alan    Maybe we met at meetings and don't know it?  Anyway, I don"t know your answer as I have not been up that way to look. I did notice yesterday from 101 they have gone all the way from South Point to park siding with new track and ballast, but I believe the final tamping is still waiting. Someone on this site posted videos couple months back with flying camera of that area before it was done. That repeated could show us alot. If I find anything out I will forward...

At 5:46pm on January 30, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

Alan   Thanks for the response.  You are right as I went down Southpoint today on purpose and I see new ties and rail towards park siding at least to the curve going under 101.  Also, I went around the back of the business park behind Lagunitas and looked at the old switch that was disconnected. It appears as though the have graded and packed a stub for a spur where the switch was so maybe they are going to rebuild the spur, if not for Lagunitas but for the wine storage wharehouse beyond. Although I am probably just seeing what I want to see because a spur down by the wine storage would be much shorter and I don't think Lagunitas has room for a track anymore. Anyway, I guess we will find out as time goes by.

At 8:54am on January 30, 2013, Jim McCarter said…

Alan  I think they also still have to do roadbed between Park siding going north to Southpoint. They have done Southpoint to McDowell and McDowell to Corona all going north already. They seem to only do one or two 1600 foot sections at a time so NWP can still work around them so to speak. I also think they have Park siding to Lakeville and on to Washington, but some of that was new couple of years ago but with creosote ties. Hope this helps    Jim

At 11:22am on April 28, 2010, Mark Drury said…
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