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NWP hauling for FEMA?
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To Santa Rosa members:What method is FEMA using haul away the polluted debris from the Tubbs fire.  Normally this type of material is hauled to Nevada or Utah and mostly by rail.  Is there any…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl O'Connor Nov 30.

SMART extension to Larkspur SMART fan, Nippn Sharyo fann
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I'm so pleased to see the train up and running with paying passengers.  And in the opening ceremony I heard someone say that SMART is the first to use ATC based on fiber optic (FO) communications…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave S. Sep 28.

SP Redwood on PD site

Nice picture of the train on the PD w-site:…Continue

Started Aug 25

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.


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Richard C. Brand commented on Ron Close's photo

Daylight Coach "Tuolumne"

"OK I've waited but now want to know.  Is the Daylight coach Tuolumne still sitting near the mainline as reported by Chad in October or more likely been moved and if so by what power?  My good friend owns the Yosemite Falls coach and…"
Dec 7
Richard C. Brand replied to Sean Purtell's discussion Cool Video
"Thanks Sean for posting the link to this awesome video.  I did not realize that the RoW was so close to the riverbed in some places.  "
Dec 5
Carl O'Connor replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NWP hauling for FEMA?
"Great article. Didn't think that the local dumps could handle fire debris. Guess we learn something new everyday."
Nov 30
Steve Atnip replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NWP hauling for FEMA?
Nov 30
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NWP hauling for FEMA?
"I have no idea what the cost/benefit analysis is, but they are actually hauling all the debris out to the Sonoma County dump off of Meachum Road west of Cotati. That landfill was operating as a transfer station and recycling center and, as I recall,…"
Nov 30
Richard C. Brand commented on Dave S.'s status
"Thanks Dave and Jennifer. Hope you all had a good one.  FYI the NWP holiday card is now out."
Nov 24
Richard C. Brand commented on Ron Close's photo

NWP 2009 at Ignacio Wye

"Chad: I've seen TV pictures of residential debris being loaded by cleanup crews onto dump trucks so they must be hauling truck-sized loads somewhere."
Nov 13
Richard C. Brand commented on Ron Close's photo

NWP 2009 at Ignacio Wye

"Given that there are no hoppers in the concise it looks like the NWP has not been hired to haul debris away from the fire zones.   Bummer if that means it will be putting more trucks on 101."
Nov 12
Richard C. Brand commented on Jim D's video

Southern Pacific SD-9 Diesel Locomotive Recovery - 1979 Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42

"That does not look like the graveyard in Eureka. Looks like hills in Mendocino or points north."
Nov 8
Dave S. replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NWP hauling for FEMA?
"I saw a news item that fire damaged propane tanks are being collected and marshaled in Windsor, piquing  interest in possible disposal transport via rail.  It certainly seems like the NWP would be the most cost-efficient option to…"
Nov 6
Richard C. Brand posted a discussion

NWP hauling for FEMA?

To Santa Rosa members:What method is FEMA using haul away the polluted debris from the Tubbs fire.  Normally this type of material is hauled to Nevada or Utah and mostly by rail.  Is there any discussion in your space about NWP doing the hauling of fire debris?See More
Nov 5
Richard C. Brand commented on Scott Kremer's photo

5pm Westbound Across Brazos

"Mike: Thanks for resurrecting this photo.  If indeed 1501 and 1922 are running in tandem and 1501 seems to be running richer which is less fuel efficient. Last month in the picture of 1922 in the "dead line" I had conjectured that she…"
Nov 4
Richard C. Brand commented on Frank C.'s photo

A Building Exempt From Time

"We just love that building.  The old SP station in Santa Barbara is a great one too."
Nov 3
Richard C. Brand commented on Ian B.'s blog post NWP #1922 today
"To you railroad experts, do the FRA PTC regs allow a non-PTC locomotive to run on the mainline when there are no passenger (SMART) trains operating?  I always assumed that 1501 would be used as a switcher up on the Petaluma spurs for pickup by…"
Oct 26

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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
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Mike Thompson

I tried to send a note to Congressman Thompson but could not because I don't reside in has district even though I spend a lot of $$ there.

My message to him was that to rebuild Santa Rosa and Napa will require a huge amount of new lumber.  My point to him was that there needs to be emergency funding from the feds to renovate the NWP RoW ASAP to Cloverdale to allow freight trains to bring lumber down from Redwood Empire's yard to offset the potential for price gouging from yards…


Posted on October 16, 2017 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

Alto Tunnel revived?

KPIX is reporting a meeting tonight in Marin to discuss whether to renovate this old NWP tunnel.  No plans for rail but being a bicycle rider I can attest to the value of having that tunnel available in the the old RoW, now the bicycle path out of Sausalito.

This is not tonite's video but still interesting:…


Posted on September 27, 2017 at 7:18pm — 4 Comments

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 4:46am on October 6, 2017, Rick Johnson said…


I am not a modeler.  A columnist at the Marin Independent Journal suggest that the Northwestern Pacific and SMART get together to explore using SMART's and Northwestern Pacific to run rail service from Novato to Vallejo along highway 37. I see this as a way of lessening this traffic artery.  I have already sent exploratory letters to Supervisors Judy Arnold (Novato), Hannigan (Solano), and Wagenknecta (Napa).

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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