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The SD7's

I gathered as much information about the SD7's as I could. What I have is here.

Used up and down the NWP until about 1970. The beloved Caddilacs replaced these on the system until SP closed up shop. All were used as road switchers from Eureka to San Francisco. They operated up and down the line until they were shoved to switching service in SP's West Colton, Taylor, Roseville and Eugene yards. There is but one exception to this, however...

These are the units I identified from…


Added by Ian B. on January 11, 2018 at 12:16pm — 3 Comments

Yreka RR/ Yreka Western RR ~CLUES~

by way of what some locals say + my own observations late june 2017: a steam enjine was moved from Yreka shops (S of passenger station & effectively W end of the line) to the E end of the line (Montague) & junction w/ Central Oregon & Pacific RR (C.O.R.P.) (main N/S CPRR, SPRR, UPRR). from there it went far E to a museum &/or tour line. a switch enjine that had been on a siding @ the industrial park was used to do the 5 mile push &/or pull, & is no longer @ the i.p.…


Added by steve lang on December 21, 2017 at 2:15pm — No Comments

NWP #1922 today

It has come to my attention that 1922 hasnt been seen for a while on the main. I found this photo of 1922, 007 and 1971 sitting in the deadline at Schellville. Why is she there? Are they storing her until GGRM shows up? (I believe that is 4436 coupled to 1922.) This photo is from June, 2017.…


Added by Ian B. on October 25, 2017 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

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…


Added by Richard C. Brand 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:…


Added by Richard C. Brand on September 27, 2017 at 7:18pm — 4 Comments

New Book: The NWP, Lifeline of the Redwood Empire, Boom and Bust 1951-2001

I just received this fabulous new book and it is a must-have for all NWP fans.  Tons of crisp and clear photos, most I've never seen before.  Lots of interesting stories from railroad employees.  Lots of detailed information about the most-recent 50 years of operation!

I've got my reading to do and am looking forward to going through this great volume page by page.  I just wanted to share my enthusiasm for this new book so that others can enjoy it too.



Added by Dave S. on August 7, 2017 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

"Ring of Fire" early 60's - David Janssen, on TCM this morning

ends w/ excellent 10 minutes or so of passengers & crew fleeing 2 coaches pushed by steam lomotive stuck on trestle inferno. hostess said it was filmed in CA - OR during 2 out of control fires & all wreckage is still at the bottom of the gorge.

Added by steve lang on May 13, 2017 at 3:10pm — 3 Comments

As Test Trains Start on SMART on Friday, Quiet Zones In Effect in San Rafel and Novato

Hi All,

CBS SF Bay Area reports SMART service could start as soon as June 8th amid concerns from SMART about safety at Rail Crossings where Quiet Zone is in effect.  Video shows people from the city staff handing out flyers about safety awareness at grade crossings.

Find the Video HERE

I posted…


Added by James Caestecker on May 13, 2017 at 11:51am — 4 Comments

NWP and SP Apparel

My wife came across this site thought I would share, they have some good stuff on here from NWP, SP, and a bunch of others.

Added by Sean Purtell on May 12, 2017 at 4:42pm — 4 Comments

GGRM update from Steve Coons on FB


GGRM update: We are getting close to a move date, need to leak test 1 car get a single car test done on all cars and finish the annual insp on SP 2472 started on 6 may. The good thing is we have 5 yrs left on the boiler time on 2472 before she's due a form 4 teardown. When all this work is done ( during for 2472 ) we can then call the FRA and the UP to come and inspect our equipment, if it all passes there checks then its just a mater of arranging a move date with the UP. Stay tuned…


Added by Steve Atnip on May 7, 2017 at 8:25pm — 7 Comments

Is the Northern End still in consideration for reopening service to Eureka?

I was wondering if service would ever return to the northern end of the railroad, as they have returned to the southern portion of the line. I know it would take a lot of cash and a lot of repair work, but could it be done? I think it could be done. I would like to see trains running north again, even if it is in the distant future. 

Added by Emilio Galo on March 7, 2017 at 11:00am — 26 Comments

Serious RR collection on Craigslist

I tripped over this new ad on Craigslist.  It looks like a very serious RR collection is being liquidated.  Perhaps some of the collectors in here might be interested.

Added by Bob Cleek on February 27, 2017 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Statis of the Eel River Water Level This Winter

I haven't heard any news about the Eel River flooding this winter on the Bay Area News Stations, so I guess everyone up in the Eureka Area is okay.  With the King Tides and melting snow, and constant rain and wind I thought we might hear something dire about the ROW from the area?  Anything to report?

Curious Paul

Added by Paul Gardner on January 15, 2017 at 12:55pm — 5 Comments

Merry Christmas from the Carolan Pacific

Added by Jennifer on December 24, 2016 at 1:21pm — No Comments

NWP Narrow Gauge caboose No. 6101 at Ardenwood

Howdy, all.

I'm sending this out as an update on the ongoing restoration of the NWP narrow gauge caboose at The Railroad Museum at Ardenwood, in Fremont, CA.

When we accepted this caboose from California State Railroad Museum back in 2007, we knew it was going to need a lot of work.  The peculiar 1968-69 "restoration" -- really a heroic renovation -- done by Bethlehem Steel's San Francisco shipyard crew kept the car from falling apart but introduced dozen of…


Added by Kevin Bunker on December 17, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Too Many Railcars, Too Little Freight (WSJ 2016-12-02)

Too Many Railcars, Too Little Freight

Rail equipment sits idle as commodities slump, changes in energy market cut into demand…


Added by Dave S. on December 2, 2016 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

Trying Something New

for our model railroad web-presence:

Carolan Pacific Railroad

Added by Jennifer on November 17, 2016 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Tank cars

Looks like SMART wants to end the NWP freight operations over the tank car issue. Now what?

Added by Michael Barron on September 30, 2016 at 4:49pm — 3 Comments

Un Blast-o *from* El Past-o

Enjoy this interesting map:  Proposed BART system 1961

Added by Jennifer on September 29, 2016 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Very Local Ferroequinology

Thanks (mucho) to Nippon, aka Mr. Fan for the map info from one of his previous posts regarding Hamilton Field trackage. 

I discovered that the area where our apartment complex now stands, which was built in '72, has an interesting railroad history.  I've not been able to find any lingering evidence apart from the spacing of some of the industrial/retail buildings to the south that suggest former trackage (with the map as guide).  From other photos and written accounts of days…


Added by Jennifer on September 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

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