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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.

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Comment by Dave S. on February 14, 2018 at 5:54am
Comment by Joseph Muller on December 22, 2017 at 3:57pm

Reviving the conversation, I seem to recall someone posted up in-cab shots from some of the NWP locmotives - particularly a pair of photos taken from inside unit 1922 at night in what looked to be Petaluma. Anyone care to point me in the right direction?

Comment by Scott Kremer on October 27, 2017 at 11:41pm

Yes, Chad. SMART owns the track from Brazos, I believe the interchange area in Lombard to Brazos as well, all the way to, I believe, Healdsburg (Including San Rafael) 

Comment by Chad Glover on October 27, 2017 at 10:10pm
I thought SMART owns the track all the way to Shellville which caused the uproar over the oil cars. Not that the section of track would be PTC but SMART controls the dispatch of trains from there, right?
Comment by Dave S. on October 27, 2017 at 8:29am

I don't know what the rules are, but PTC is beneficial even when only one (non-passenger) engine is on the line, as it can prevent speeding and red light running.  Theoretically it will also prevent an engine from driving into the Petaluma river should Haystack not be closed.  (I don't think either Black Point or Brazos are part of PTC territory.)

Comment by Steve Atnip on October 26, 2017 at 7:50pm

Sometime ago, it was confirmed that Summit signal, owner of the North Shore, I mean Norfolk Southern unit, has the capability to install PTC.

Comment by Richard C. Brand on October 26, 2017 at 7:42pm

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 2009 and other PTC locos.

Now with the unprecedented demand for (re)building materials for Santa Rosa, it will be interesting to see what the FRA will be willing to allow to run.

Comment by Scott Kremer on October 26, 2017 at 5:51pm

Joseph, last I heard, the 1501 does not have PTC installed. Only 2009 does at this time. 

Comment by Joseph Muller on October 26, 2017 at 4:50pm

1922 is most likely side-lined because it is a leased unit without PTC (Postitive Train Control) installed. As such, it cannot run solo on any active portion of the SMART tracks. (at least not without special dispatching) I do miss seeing it out and about, as it reminds me of the grey and scarlet SP units I'd see as a kid back in the 90's.

I know for sure that 2009 (RJ Corman Genset) has PTC installed, and I think that 1501 (MP15 switcher) does as well.

Comment by Richard C. Brand on October 26, 2017 at 10:25am


Thanks Ian for the post.  I'm wondering if given that 1922 is an older unit, that 1501 is a more efficient loco?

Maybe when the NWP starts hauling building materials up to Santa Rose, they will bring her out of storage.

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