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I rode the SMART Preview train---and liked it!
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Along with a lot of other folks I rode the preview train northbound today to Sonoma Airport station (although there was no sign as to how to get to the airport).   One strange item is that this is a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Frank C. Jul 10.

New Windsor brewery new NWP customer?
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I see in the PD that Russion Rivier Brewing  is moving to a much larger facility in Windsor.  How will they bring in their barley?  Is this too far up the open RoW?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard C. Brand Jul 1.

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I read in the Healdsburg Patch e-newsletter that the start of service date is still TBD.  According to the Patch, Mansourian told the board and assembled employees that they are awaiting an FRA "full…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard C. Brand Jun 13.

Jake Park
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It seems and I am sorry to write that when I sent a note to Jake today, that I received a response email that another person had replaced Jake at NWP.  Now I understand that business is a constantly…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Caestecker May 5.


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Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's photo

NWP 1922 at Standard Structures. February of 2015

"While opening this site, the great Ron Close 2013 picture of 1922 sitting at Standard Structures while lumber was being offloaded for Mead Clark in Santa Rosa.  Anyone know why Mead Clark isn't still using the NWP for incoming delivery or…"
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's photo

NWP 1922 at Standard Structures. February of 2015

"but back to the fundamental question where is 1922?"
Aug 10
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's photo

NWP 1922 at Standard Structures. February of 2015

"Carl: NWP having to transload lumber that is already loaded on a truck and having to make a trip up to Windsor for one centerbeam may not be able to compete cost-wise with trucking."
Aug 10
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's photo

NWP 1922 at Standard Structures. February of 2015

"Ah remember when.  Last Monday while driving thru Santa Rosa I saw a loaded lumber truck with boards marked "Redwood Empire".  So be it and thanks Scott once again."
Aug 9
Richard C. Brand commented on Dave S.'s blog post New Book: The NWP, Lifeline of the Redwood Empire, Boom and Bust 1951-2001
"Wondered why we have not heard from Angelo for a while.  Hurrah to Angelo for creating this work that I look forward to reading."
Aug 8
Richard C. Brand replied to Carl O'Connor's discussion Transload Question
"Now that is an interesting story about Dutra.  FYI the manufacturing of asphalt requires a LOT of low grade petroleum and isn't there a storage yard of that material nearby in tanker cars??? NWP is owned in part by Woodside Consulting…"
Aug 4
Richard C. Brand replied to Carl O'Connor's discussion Transload Question
"I thought that Dutra would be an active customer by now.  Anyone know what is happening to that opportunity?  I will assume that materials are still being shipped to Dutra by barge. And there is a LOT of aggregate going into the…"
Aug 3
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's status
"Anybody hear freight train horns?"
Jul 29
Richard C. Brand posted a status
"NIce piece on SMART on KQED FM this AM. Very positive."
Jul 27

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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
from the NWPRR web site. Learned about the NWP years ago and want to see it alive again all the way to Eureka
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
SFS acquisition (Santa Fe logo)

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Historic rail line question

I was just up in northern Marin Cty and noticed an old and very abondoned RoW running thru Pt Reyes Station and up along the Tomales Bay and at least up to Tomales.

Was this line just built by Hollywood and Hitchcock to support his movie "The Birds"?  I'm joking but what was it called and what was it built to haul?  Lumber, dairy or fish? 

Love to hear the story and the name because I noticed a bridge with rails still exists over Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Posted on July 31, 2016 at 12:22am — 12 Comments

"Rotaries" on KQED TV

Not specific to NWP but if you have not already seen the show on KQED TV, this is a must see.  It is the story of the last outing of the Roseville based 1929 vintage SP/UP rotary snowplows on Donner Summit during the 2011 heavy snow storms.  It is a 60 minute show and it is wonderful including the sound of the plow's steam whistles plus the engine sounds of the F7's that provide the electrical power for the rotary blades.

Brought up the hair on the back of my neck.

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 1:12am — 2 Comments

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At 3:25pm on July 20, 2016, steve lang said…

thanx 4 your info on the Napa Wine Train. i believe i saw 1 or more of their passenger cars near the Willits depot June 2nd. will shortly post a summary of current rail industry status in Nor. Cal. (if i can still figure out how to do that)

[oops - see! - i didn't even direct the Wine Train comment properly].

At 10:54am on February 9, 2015, Mark Drury said…

Hello Richard,

Keith left the network yesterday (deleted his account) so the situation appears to have resolved itself.  He was more interested in a site with strictly factual and historical content, if I understood his complaints correctly, and was regrettably unable to ignore content which did not meet his standards.  Much as I hate to lose members who are clearly interested in the NWP, as he surely was, it was likely for the best that he did leave (for his own peace or mind, if nothing more).

Thanks for your understanding and patience in the matter, and here's to more peaceful days ahead!  Regards,

Mark D.

At 10:23am on November 20, 2014, Mark Drury said…

Thanks for the feedback, Richard -- I'm actively recruiting TT back into the fold and think he'll do so soon!  Regards,

Mark D.

At 3:51pm on August 5, 2014, steve lang said…

c'mon, ~this~ iz the e-z stuf... boonville? - don't think i'v evr even ben thru theyr. but I did look it up & shood'v took -that- hiway 2 & thru ft. bragg in '05.

At 2:44pm on January 31, 2013, Scott Kremer said…
At 1:56pm on January 31, 2013, Mark Drury said…

Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Richard! 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


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