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#1 NorthernElectric

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:18 AM

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After spending an afternoon in Napa with my family we began to head back, and found this off SR-12. The story of the NWP is one of conflict, irony and despair. In its modern times the NWP has been treated a stepchild in the communities that it once proudly served. The unit I'm standing on was one of many SD9s that are permanently stuck on this railroad. The NWP last run in the late 1990s at its full capacity and trailed off til 2000 when it was killed permanently. Its said to been reopened for a project called SMART, which has plans similar to NCTD's SPRINTER in southern California - that has yet to bear any fruit.

http://nwprrhs.org/history.htm
http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/

#2 oldrailfan

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:05 PM

D'Mario - beautiful photo of a heartbreak. THere's always hope, look at SD&AE-SDIV-CZRY in all its various manifestations. A road ain't dead 'til the rails are pulled up and the tunnels filled...

#3 milepost56

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:20 PM

Johns right, the opera is not over til the fat lady sings ;) Nice but sad picture ;)

#4 TomG

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:34 PM

They are rebuilding the line in phases with the goal of returning freight service as far north as Eureka California. So things are far from dead. However im not sure of the future of the SD9s and GP9s in Willits and Eureka. ( Eureka even has a torpedo Geep.)