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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

On Northward

Once the Larkspur to Cloverdale route is finally in place (and, hopefully, very successful), has anyone heard any comments or rumblings, from Mendocino and Humboldt counties, about running the line further north?


Added by Richard Hill on September 24, 2016 at 11:21am — No Comments

downtown Santa Rosa station

well after dark on 2016 June 01 (June 1st): noticed well maintained W track, but wuts go'n on w/ the E track being transformed into 2 parallel approximately 2 foot guage tracks?! this occurs on a football field length stretch w/ a switch @ each end. big sign proclaims sumthing like :"DANGER - KEEP OFF - SPEED TEST AREA". & WOULDN'T U KNO IT - the distance between these two 2 foot guage tracks is quite likely 8 & a half inches, minus the top surface width of 2 rails.

Added by steve lang on September 21, 2016 at 3:02pm — 7 Comments

SF - Denver - Chama, Aug '16

From our Amtrak/C&T excursion:



Added by Jennifer on September 8, 2016 at 4:45pm — 7 Comments

I have interest in the history of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad starting with the construction time frame, the companies that built the lines north, a timeline of construction to each town, and h…

I have interest in the history of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad starting with the construction time frame, the companies that built the lines north, a timeline of construction to each town, and history of the people that built and ran the early railroad. I am in Windsor and a member of the Windsor Historical Society and interested in stories and photos of the era for a possible display for the museum. My request is a little direction for gathering…


Added by David Turnes on August 28, 2016 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

Some news on THA, We are getting closer to Trains running again!

Found out some handy information on THA from a fellow NWP fan.

One, current operating negotiations between THA and NRCA specify speeder-only on the Samoa, Eureka, Fortuna, and Loleta segments. Two, the closest thing operable in the collection (that isn't Falk 1) is a 44 tonner in 
mid-restoration state, and everything in the facilities is landlocked from the NWP, sitting on panel track. Three, the museum's current goals (obviously dictated on…


Added by Emilio Galo on August 11, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments

Is NWP repairing this locomotive? I'm confused.

Came across this picture on the web, and it appears that 4347 has had all of her lights replaced, is NWP planning to repair her? If you have any information regarding this locomotive, please let me know. Also, what is the current status of #3804? Is she still sitting in the dead line?

Emilio Galo…


Added by Emilio Galo on August 3, 2016 at 3:21am — 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.

Added by Richard C. Brand on July 31, 2016 at 12:22am — 12 Comments

Is SMART replacing everything?

Not to hate on SMART, but will there be any old tracks left by the time they are done? it seems to me that they are replacing everything, with no intent of keeping anything that is considered old. Hopefully, this will not happen once the trains reach Ukiah and the other Northern cities. I was also wanting to know if NWP has any plans for freight service north of Windsor.

Added by Emilio Galo on July 27, 2016 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

Hidden Gems in the Northwesterner archives

We are preparing to complete the scenery in Fort Seward on the NWP in Ohio. I vaguely remembered a photo of a passenger car converted to a "cook shack" and dining room. After searching every source I could think of, I couldn't find the photo. I put son Ryan on the search. While he didn't find the photo, he did find a reference to an article about the "Fort Seward cook shack" in the fall 1992 Northwesterner. I messaged Steve Atnip about it, who forwarded my request to Gus Campana, who said it…


Added by Richard Todd on July 9, 2016 at 5:28am — No Comments

Carolan Pacific Railroad Progress

We made some progress on our N scale Carolan Pacific and were honored with a visit by Tom Barbalet of Model Rail Radio and two friends of his who are visiting from Australia.  I'm pleased with our progress and how things are turning out.  Enjoy!…


Added by Jennifer on July 1, 2016 at 2:13pm — 3 Comments

Historical Information Please?

Does anyone have information about a derailment that happened in Willits, sometime between 1958-1960?

According to my brother, someone left a switch unlocked and two ten year old kids threw the switch while a train was going over it at about 50 MPH.  It was a huge wreck that took out a massive amount of track and communication wires, and it came close to taking out the depot as well.  I have been unable to unearth any trace of this on the internet.  (But, I did learn that you can buy…


Added by Jack Encell on June 17, 2016 at 8:54pm — 4 Comments

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