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What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
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Is that possible? Ukiah to Willits is very scenic. Maybe even Cloverdale to Willits, with intermediate stops in Hopland and Ukiah.Scotia to McKinleyville also might make a good scenic railway.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sotelo on Friday.

 

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Richard Sotelo replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
" There is also the fact that Mendocino County is not part of the SMART system. If the voters of Mendocino County made that decision to tax themselves and become a part of SMART. Then, yes, we could start to talk about rebuilding the Right of…"
Friday
John Roth replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"If it snows in the Mendocino County mountains, it might be very scenic. If not, it would look the same as in the summer since those are all evergreen trees up there. They could sell hot chocolate on board like the Niles Canyon Railway, and run a…"
Thursday
jbriogrande replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"  Just as I thought Richard....the politicians are in bed with the Teamsters or whatever we call them these days.  Yes, it seems as though they see rail, as passenger rail, and are blind to the opportunities that a freight service might…"
Jul 11
Richard C. Brand replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"JB: NCRA has been castrated (Mark can we use that term?) first by Deukmajian and now by other north coast politicos who have ZERO knowledge of the harm that these overloaded 45 foot semi trailers are doing to our highways up here.  In addition…"
Jul 11
jbriogrande replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"That's great Richard.....I believe it is about time that they begin marching on that project.  Too many years have passed without action, and there is freight to be moved off of the highway.  SMART seems to be blunting the expansion…"
Jul 10
Richard C. Brand replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"Hey JB happy to have you involved again.  As a Sonoma County resident, I'm now working with some NCRA locals to get the freight line opened up further north without SMART interference.  Tough job.  "
Jul 10
jbriogrande replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"Thankyou Richard, and I must apologize for missing this one about the Insurance premiums for the rail operator.  Yes, we will all be interested in a solvent solution, so we will continue the discussions, with the costs of safety included as…"
Jul 10
Richard C. Brand replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"John and Emilio: Jeff and JB have provided very realistic commentaries to John's question about a scenic railway.  Expensive, yes very expensive and I can only critique Jeff's reply by saying that he did not provide enough emphasis on…"
Jul 10
jbriogrande replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"Yes Emilio, it could be rebuilt if funding was available. Winter railroading needs riders however, and decent weather as well,... albeit colder than summer, but the weather up north is wet.  The Roaring Camp and Big Trees is profitable, and so…"
Jul 10
Emilio Galo replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"I've actually posted about this before, so it may be possible. Like Jeff Moore was saying, the problem is finding the money to finance and get funding for this proposal. I mean, it could be done but perhaps in the future."
Jul 10
jbriogrande replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"  An interesting thought.....however, I would assume that the most important question might be:  How profitable and scenic would the routes be during the Winter months????"
Jul 9
John Roth replied to Bob Cleek's discussion Any info on the string of hoppers parked at Burdell for the last couple of months?
"I don't have any information on why they're there, but I ride SMART three days a week, so I've been riding past them regularly. I like seeing them there."
Jul 2
Ed Erwin replied to John Roth's discussion What if the tracks from Ukiah to Willits were restored to make way for a scenic railway?
"Would be great but money comes to mind of course."
Jul 2
John Roth commented on John Roth's status
"Also, the Marin interurban network is far from finished, as so many remnants of it are built over, covered up and no longer visible."
Jun 27

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