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Well, the first DMU cars for SMART are on the property, and were officially presented today for public inspection and guided tours at the Cotati station. A grand affair, well-attended by public representatives big and small; local mayors, city council members, county supervisors, transportation committee, safety officials, state elected officers, Congressmen Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, and of course SMART directors, managers and employees. Also present were representatives of major vendors and contractors to SMART with exhibits and handouts, including Nippon Sharyo (carbuilder), Sumitomo Corp. (of America), LTK (Signalling), Shimmick Construction (bridges) and Stacey and Witbeck-Herzog (construction).
Under the threat of brief rainfall, the catered affair attracted members of the news media, printed press, and railfans. Here are some candid photos of the exhibits, media circus and some attendees:

Facing East Cotati Avenue.

Before the crowd swelled and filled the tented area. SMART director Debra Fudge at center.

Television news crew (Channel 7, ABC-TV)

DMU trainset slowly rolls in to the station

DMU stopped behind podium with the railfans' photo line.

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Comment by William "Burr" Wilson on April 8, 2015 at 9:08pm

So, Steve, what has happened with the Ignacio booth?

Comment by Steve Atnip on April 8, 2015 at 8:58pm

It is from Cotati. NWPRRHS actually had it moved down to Petaluma, then Cotati called "foul!" and it had to be returned. Glad to see it actually got used.

Comment by Dave S. on April 8, 2015 at 8:53pm
Is that a refurbished NWP phone booth in the last photo? Could it be the one from Ignacio?

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