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Eldon G. Whitehead
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Times-Standard article
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Hi to all:  There is an article in the Sundays edition (2-26-12) about the Samoa Roundhouse.  Has a picture also of some of the rolling stock.  It's in section B, page 1 at the bottom of the page.  I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eldon G. Whitehead Feb 26, 2012.


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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
Study of logging history in the Eel River Valley, especially The Pacific Lumber Company of Scotia, CA.
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
Old #29, I knew some of the engineers and brakemen who were with the Locomotive.

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Track Hiking

Hi to all:  Been working security @ night the past 3 days, so, have not been able to check messages. Glad to hear from all of you.

In my 50 plus years of being around rr tracks and even when I was a kid living next to the Sacramento Northern and the main line for Southern Pacific, I have never seen anyone get busted for walking the tracks anywhere and with the NWP tracks here now, I don't think anyone would say anything about a few guys walking (mostly in plain view of the highways)…


Posted on February 24, 2012 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Track Hiking

Hey Zac:

Have a idea.  I've been thinking of hiking various parts of the old NWP trackage and see how they look and maybe run across some things to take pictures of.  I was going to do this in sections and I was wondering if you are up to maybe going along?  Maybe could even get KT (Dad) to trot along with us.  Could maybe do this on some good days during the week or maybe on some weekends.  I was going to try it myself, but, would be nice to have company.  Maybe some of the…


Posted on February 20, 2012 at 4:39pm — 13 Comments

Pictures just uploaded.

Not sure if it is correct to post pictures taken from another site or not.  Since they are on the internet, does this make it ok to share with other railroad people who loves to see these old locomotives.  I figured if they were available to see, than others who were not aware of the site could see them in this format.

If someone can give me a legal interpretation about this, I would sure appreciate it.  If it isn't legal, than, I apologize and will not do it anymore.  Don't…


Posted on February 5, 2012 at 1:37pm — 3 Comments

NWP Branch line in Washington

Hi all: 

I ran across this item yesterday.  This was in the State of Washington.  The article read as:

In 1924, Mark Reed  (son-in-law of Sol Simpson who founded Simpson Timber Co.) teamed up with lumberman Henry McCleary to build two new lumbermills in Shelton. One for hemlock and one for fir. The Northern Pacific Railroad extended its branch line to Shelton in 1926 and the city enjoyed regular passenger train service.

The article did not provide any…


Posted on February 5, 2012 at 1:18pm — 3 Comments

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At 6:48pm on May 20, 2013, Richard Todd said…

Eldon, I previously posted a photo taken at the north end of Scotia, of a log train entering TPL trackage from the main. There are 2 tracks to the right in the photo, and what appears to be a large pile of bark. The train is being pulled by steam, perhaps #35. I can send you a high resolution scan if you send me your e-mail. We are hoping you know someone that can give us more information about  this photo.

My e-mail is

Thanks for all the info you share and your photos.


Richard Todd

At 1:07am on June 6, 2012, Zachary M. Toler said…

Nice running into you tonight, Eldon. I'll talk to you about the track hiking as soon as you find the site again. Sorry to hear about your computer crash! I hate when that happens! Ours crashed last December, fortunately, I have a laptop and my folks upgraded and now also have one. Anyway, talk to you soon!


Zachary M. Toler

At 9:43pm on January 17, 2012, Mark Drury said…

Meant to add, Eldon, that there are quite a few good images of #29 on the network.  Member Robert Hogan posted a bunch just a day or two ago.  Here are but a few:


Mark D.

At 9:49am on January 17, 2012, Mark Drury said…

Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Eldon! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. We're adding content daily and actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury

At 8:39am on January 17, 2012, Zachary M. Toler said…

Welcome aboard, Eldon! Glad you found us. This is really a great site, lots of history, tons of photos, and plenty of topics to discuss! So look around, and if you need any help, feel free to ask.


Zachary M. Toler

P.S.-I'll tell my folks you're on here, maybe that'll convince them to join, too!


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