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Chad Gustafson
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  • Windsor, CA
  • United States

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SMART New Station Design
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http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3546094-181/smart-settles-on-more-classicThoughts? Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Donahue Fan Feb 19, 2015.

SMART neighbors express concerns about future property value, privacy
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chad Glover Dec 31, 2014.

Bay Area short line: We're OK with SMART project
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Oooohhhhhh busted...From Railway Age Magazine...Thurs. June 24th 2014By Douglas John BowenThe general…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jbriogrande Aug 10, 2014.

 

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C. P. Huntington commented on Chad Gustafson's photo
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"He's serious. And no, SMART owns the ROW between Healdsburg south to Larkspur and West to Brazos junction with freight rights held by NCRA which in turn has an operating lease with the NWP (NWPCo). Very confusing."
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Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's photo
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"Hey team.  Stepping in for Mark here, let's keep the discussion focused on the NWP and SMART railroad issues and not on personal issues ie who is confirming what or what is being posted on other w-site(s) which may have restricted access…"
Sep 10
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"Thanks C.P. for the clarifications. Interesting that Summit Signal does not mention leasing anything on their web site. Yes, I did use ROW incorrectly. Good to learn that it's an "operating lease" that NWP has, and that it…"
Sep 10
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"A "leasing company" leases equipment, similar to Hertz car rental. Summit Signal bought the 5076 to lease to any company interested in leasing it, where NWP used it for a short period of time in exchange for storing it. NWP is a freight…"
Sep 10
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"I'm waiting for Richard Brand's comment on this. But in the meantime, my thinking is that NWP is a railroad company, not a leasing company. And NWP has ROW (Right of Way) on SMART tracks."
Sep 10
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"A quick Google search show that Summit Signal (https://summitsignalinc.com) is located in Willits, and offers the following services: - Complete Railroad Signal System Installations - Railroad Grade Crossing Replacements - Upgrades Maybe Summit…"
Sep 10
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's photo
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"Who is Summit Signal?  A leasing co?"
Sep 10
Graeme Ceballos commented on Chad Gustafson's photo
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"Summit Signal owns 5076"
Sep 10
C. P. Huntington commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Legitimate, and GGRM won't need ATC since they can't move their equipment themselves. Everything will be crewed and powered by NWP."
Jul 20
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Chad: Why do you say that?  Lots of space and low rents. ATC required on the RoW could be a problem."
Jul 19
Chad Gustafson commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Yup, sorry for the late response. I don't know how legitimate it is, but what a weird place for a complex..? "
Jul 19
Jennifer commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Ahh, I see.  Very interesting. GGRM discussion"
Jul 19
Jennifer commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"I gather that the facility is in Windsor.  Is that correct?"
Jul 19
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"Gary is the chair of the SMART board and his contact info is: gary.phillips@cityofsanrafael.org"
Jul 18
Richard C. Brand commented on Chad Gustafson's status
"May be true.  But we all need to submit emails to the SMART board to ensure that the Windsor line renovation includes the spur to SS. I'll send you a URL for emails in a follow on post."
Jul 18
Chad Gustafson posted a status
"News on trainorders that the GGRM is leasing Standard Structures for a shops complex..."
Jul 18

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How did you learn about the NWPRR Network?
While Googling NWP
Favorite NWP locomotive or piece of rolling stock, if you have one?
SD9s and Low nose GP9s

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Good News for the Skunk in the Press Democrat

Found this in the Press Democrat today: 

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4139375-181/brighter-days-for-mendocino-countys?page=1

Some good news for one of our favorite railroads that has been struggling financially for a while. I am curious to know what will happen to the old Willits depot when this new transit hub is completed, and hopefully how one day,…

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Posted on July 7, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

NWP Bulkheads? Boxcars?

Hi guys,

Quick topic. Earlier today Carl O'Connor posted pictures of his new NWP bulkhead flat...I am doing the same on some others as well as some NWP boxcars.

My question is, hypotheticly on my "layout", the North Coast Railroad and black widow era NWP are still an operational Class 2 regional, based off the same operating plans that were used up until the last week of ops.

How realistic would it be for an NWP/NCR to own a fleet of rolling stock? MOW and your…

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Posted on May 14, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Another Letter to the Editor out of Novato...

http://www.times-standard.com/letters/ci_22461031/can-public-entity-be-saved-from-ruin

What do you guys think? 

I personally believe the NCRA is doing a good job, considering there wasn't movements for 8 or so years, although there are things that need to be fixed in it. 

I didn't know the NWPco wasn't paying trackage…

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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 8:36pm — 8 Comments

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At 11:43am on June 15, 2012, John P. Morgan said…

It's the 1922 on Mare Island on a test run.  Spotting a couple cars at a warehouse.  This was taken before it arrived on the NWP.

At 8:48pm on March 14, 2012, roky said…

Chad. are you still having trouble connecting to this site? I did what leo isotalo mentioned on the connection problem discussion, and it worked. no more problems connecting.  give it a try and see if it works for you. good luck 

                       

At 3:44pm on February 26, 2012, Eldon G. Whitehead said…

Nice having you on board.  Hopefully we will be able to share a lot of great pictures and news of the Railroad Systems here in California and elsewhere.  I am going to upload a few pictures that I took a couple of weeks ago of some of the old NWP railroad crossings.  They are a sad thing to look at.

Again, welcome  and glad to be your friend.

At 3:36pm on January 12, 2012, Zachary M. Toler said…

Well, after looking around Altamont Press for a few hours, I really didn't see anything bad about us, but many were totally SLAMMING "foamers." I wonder if they are referring to NWPFOAM, or what. That being said, there were plenty of NWP antis posing as railfans. A lot of political bashing, too, SO glad we don't have too much of that here! One post did say Altamont would be closing down soon, due to lack of time table sales or something like that. Now, I still need to check out FOAM...

 

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At 10:53am on January 12, 2012, Zachary M. Toler said…

Hey, Chad-Thanks for getting back to me. I just started to post on Altimont, and I will find out if they are indeed bashing us. As far as joining FOAM, a Yahoo account is required, correct?

 

Zachary M. Toler

At 9:03pm on January 11, 2012, Mike Davis said…

at least the locomotive I'm "driveing" has something to do with the NWP

 

At 5:50pm on January 7, 2012, Zachary M. Toler said…

Hey, Chad, which other NWP "fan" sites are bashing us? Maybe a few of us need to go join these other sites in order to defend the Networks' (and our own) reputation. I'm in, but a few others to back me up couldn’t hurt. Maybe I need to start another group on here...

 

Zachary M. Toler

At 8:50pm on November 7, 2011, Isaac K said…
Hey there P&SRkid, yeah, this is what's left of CWR #54 after the 1970 wreck. She wrecked along with the other Baldwins 52 and 51. Lucky #53 was sick that day and had to stay in the shop in Ft. Bragg, that's why she rests in Willits at ROOTS today instead of in the scrapyard. It took the old memory of a story I heard from a skunk engineer when I was a kid in Ft. Bragg, a good bit of research and some great knowledge from a member of this site. She's been out there all alone in the woods every night for 41 years. You can visit her if you know where to look. Message me if want more info.
At 6:16pm on September 3, 2011, Trevor McGinnis said…

Chad:

 

Do you have a link to a blog or a website for your P&SR Layout?  I'd really like to see what you have done with your model railroad for some ideas and guidance on the one I am creating in my garage.

NWP - "Redwood Empire Route" HO Scale Layout

At 6:11pm on September 3, 2011, Trevor McGinnis said…

Chad:

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Thanks for the info on the Walthers GP 9 locomotives.  Maybe I'll shop around on the internet for one or two.

Just FYI though, If you paid $70.00 and then dropped another $50.00 on aftermarket parts to detail it out, you could have used the money to purchase an undecorated Proto 2000 GP 9 on E-bay (unless you are including the cost of the decoder in the $50.00).  I have purchased three GP 9's and one GP 7 Proto 2000 models over the past five or six months.  I have paid between $50.00 to $70.00 for each one.  As you are aware, the Proto 2000 models come with many separately applied detailed parts in the package.

 

I still have to purchse the decoders and the light bulbs or LEDs for the lights to work with the decoder.  I have the engine black paint and the Microscale NWP decal sets for them though.

 

Actually, I am glad I have not had the time to actually work on painting and decaling them though.  Becasue now that the current NWP is operating a freshly painted SP Gray and Scarlet "Bloody Nose" GP 9 without dynamic brakes (NWP #1922), I know I will make my own #1922 model with one of my undecorated Proto 2000 GP 9's.

 
 
 

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