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RIP, Steve Atnip
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave S. Jan 11.

Film: The Skunk Rail Line
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chad Gustafson Feb 3, 2015.

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Richard C. Brand left a comment for Mark Drury
"Hi Mark:  Yes this is my long term dream as I've always been a wine lover while working in the Valley in research.  Being a Friend of Caltrain as well as Dumbarton reno, I've now joined the Friends of SMART and next Wednesday I…"
Jan 11
Dave S. replied to Mark Drury's discussion RIP, Steve Atnip
"In the past Steve was a great contributor to this site, posting photos, videos, and by contributing to and starting many discussions.  Although I feel he removed some of his content (see empty photo albums), there still remains much to…"
Jan 11
Nico replied to Mark Drury's discussion RIP, Steve Atnip
"I'm so sad to hear the news! Steve was the one that introduce me to this site years ago. I would occasionally run into him while chasing the NWP in it's early days and I briefly volunteered with him at the P&SR museum in Petaluma. As…"
Jan 10
Al Merkrebs replied to Mark Drury's discussion RIP, Steve Atnip
"Thank you Mark for recognizing the large role that Steve Atnip played in honoring and cataloging NWPRR history, especially with the NWPRR Historical Society. I knew Steve for only a very short time, but he was great guy, and one of the best punsters…"
Jan 10
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RIP, Steve Atnip

I learned via an NWP-related Facebook page that longtime NWPRRHS supporter Steve Atnip passed away on January 8th, 2019, after a relatively brief battle with cancer.  I never met Steve but he and I got to know one another online through railroading and other interests and I sincerely regret not having visited him at the many NWPRRHS events which I could have attended, living nearby in the Bay Area as I do.  Steve was also an early member of this network and offered numerous helpful suggestions…See More
Jan 9
Mark Drury replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion 1922 RIP
"You're living my dream, Richard -- I hope to retire from the tech industry in ten years or so and move north of the Bay Area, perhaps to Ukiah where I grew up, and grow grapes and enjoy some peace, quiet and clean air (absent the fires). …"
Dec 21, 2018
Mark Drury commented on steve lang's status
"Steve, I wonder if there was a problem with the network on Saturday, as Richard Brand appears to have lost text he was adding to photos, as well.  I got no notifications that there were problems but Ning isn't too good about sending those,…"
Dec 20, 2018
Mark Drury replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion 1922 RIP
"Hello Richard, I take it you lost accompanying text for the photos of #1922 which you shared?  Unfortunately, I have no way to recover that text unless it was previously saved with a photo, perhaps.  Sorry about that!  And, no, I…"
Dec 20, 2018
Mark Drury replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion Woodside Counsulting Group holiday card
"I haven't received one, Richard, but I don't believe I'm on their mailing list.  On an unrelated note, are you still in Menlo Park?  The WBMRA Holiday Open House is this weekend -- hope to see you there Saturday or…"
Nov 27, 2018
Richard Brune commented on Mark Drury's photo

NS Engine 13 at Duncan Mills

"Hi Mark- Do you know where I might get a copy of this photo potentially for use in a science publication? -Richard."
Nov 6, 2018
Richard Sotelo commented on Mark Drury's group NWPRRHS
"Here's a no brainer for freight sales. Put in a switch for the San Rafael Shamrock Cement plant. Don't charge for the rail. You will make it back on future sales of rock and cement. Just get it done. No mode of transportation can deliver…"
Oct 17, 2018
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A group for those who are members of or who are interested in the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society.
Oct 17, 2018
Richard C. Brand commented on Mark Drury's group NWPRRHS
"Visited the Santa Rosa depot location for the local Info site and loved how the people there are supportive of the NWPRRHS. If you have not made a visit I recommend.  John Williams has responded to ask if I can help him drive freight…"
Oct 17, 2018
Jennifer commented on Mark Drury's status
"Delighted to see it return.  Many thanks!"
Sep 4, 2018
Mark Drury posted a status
"The network may have been unavailable over the weekend due to a domain registration snafu -- apologies for that and all should be well now."
Sep 4, 2018

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I created the network using the Ning platform (I used to work at Ning).
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
NWP #112 (because it's still with us)

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At 10:49pm on January 11, 2019, Richard C. Brand said…

Hi Mark:  Yes this is my long term dream as I've always been a wine lover while working in the Valley in research. 

Being a Friend of Caltrain as well as Dumbarton reno, I've now joined the Friends of SMART and next Wednesday I will attend the next SMART BoD mtg and make note of my friend John. 

Anything you wish to have me offer to that body let me know.  They are truly ignorant about railroading issues.

At 12:14pm on August 2, 2018, Richard C. Brand said…


Some of us believe this is "Tommy".  With this latest post "Rick Brand: Rick is a short for Richard. Often used affectionately to signify amiability or foster companionship and so on. Others time it is used to belittle people who are too speculative in their musings and too free with faulty and unfounded information, often running wild in a feverish kind of manic state, asking questions about future wood chip gon customers regardless of the fact other explanations exist to completely undermine the foundation of the speculation and ignoring those explanations willfully, for example."

he is violating your policy of only posting rail related content.

He seemed to respond to your warning last year and seems like he needs another one now.

Regards, Richard

At 9:51am on July 12, 2018, Richard C. Brand said…


Dave S. is suspect of some new members via them posting and claiming w-site problems.  Are you seeing problems for members posting photos but not able to add captions? 


At 10:49am on April 1, 2017, James Caestecker said…
Hi Mark,
Thanks for having me on. I just hired on with the NWP the other day and am looking forward to combing the site for history about the railroad.
At 7:08pm on March 7, 2017, Richard A Custer said…

Hello Mark,

Would you check Steve Richard Bell's comments for today. He's testing the water to see how far he can stretch the envelope about politics and religion.

At 11:32am on December 29, 2016, Richard C. Brand said…


Just saw that you are the West Bay w-site guy.  Take my kids over to the building frequently so I've probably met you.  You can see my g'son in the picture of our Train of Lights ride last night.


At 10:56am on October 17, 2016, Gura Lashlee said…

Hello Mark,

I saw these items on ebay and thought of your club...

Old photo album of trains and wrecks.

Circa 1920's German toy train in pretty good condition

The train of my childhood, which I still have in mint condition, is one from Sears.

Six unit Happy Time electric train.  Does something like that have any retail value?  Or, is it just for memories?

Glad to join in,


At 11:43am on October 15, 2016, steve lang said…

mark - does have anything entered re the ongoing oil tankers (dozens, all full) stoppage/stalemate on NWPRR trax near schellville?

if not, please see my facebook  page "steve lang", should be @ top of timeline.

try'd2 get u on fbook - sent friend request. if you accept it, please feel free 2 move this item to _ _ _ OR - could it be just another 1 of those things that i'm the last 1 to stumble on2?

thanx! -

At 9:17am on September 28, 2016, Michael Barron said…

Thank you Mark. I'm glad to be a part of this historic line. I think the membership will find my profile interesting. I'm in the excursion train business and we are launching the service between LA & Vegas later this year. I think there are some excellent possibilities on the NWP as well for a wine train. More to come on my profile. Interested to see how the members feel about it. - mb

At 1:44pm on August 5, 2016, Trevin Cholmondeley said…
Thank you! I will tell my friends! Do you happen to know anything on the lease of 1922? Thanks!

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