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Thread: Northern California's Historic Shortline in ORTS

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    Image 1) Another day, another dollar for the NWP. 7 loads and 4 Gravity Cars for the M.T.R.Y., departing the Sausalito Yard with a Diverging Adv. Approach.

    Image 2) Clearing the Sausalito Yard Limits, the train is splitting the Sausalito Lateral C.P. signals at the East end.

    Image 3) After dropping the Gravity Cars at the platform for storage, the NWP "Tam Local" heads for the "hill" and the near 8% grade will bring this train to a crawl at 10 MPH.

    Image 4) The NWP 3800 crawls at a mere 7 MPH along the last straight section before the last curve to the summit of the Mt. Tam Railway. The fog is extra thick today as the train starts to disappear into the mist.

    Image 5) At the summit, the fog is thick, so thick that the two brakemen and engine crew stay within 1/4 car lengths of each other at all times. The NWP 3800 and crew move ever so slowly around the 7 loads in the siding and pull them back to the load track.

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    -Frank C.

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    Image 1 & 2) You can barely see the train amongst the fog, but here the NWP 3800 crew is shoving the loads in and headed back to Mill Valley as light power.

    Image 3 & 4) The "Tam Local" has reached the bottom of Mt. Tam again and cruises into the siding at the depot to pull the Gravity Cars out and shove them into the storage track.

    Image 5) The Gravity Cars are clear of the East Mill Valley switch and is lined to run back down the main to the storage track.

    Regards,

    -Frank C.

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    In a quick power move, the CFNR power is returned after a massive overhaul at Roseville. Every last unit was sent to Roseville for more than a 90 day check. In the meantime the CFNR used NWP leased power...Anyway, the power is returned and set out on the 3 diesel tracks for CFNR crews to test...

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    Today the Cal Northern is doing all the "heavy lifting" for the NWP between "Lombard Yard" in American Canyon and Schellville Yard.

    Images 1-3) Leaving American Canyon & passing the Yard Limits and getting up to the whopping 30MPH speed, the NWP train with CFNR power & crew waste no time getting out of American Canyon city limits.

    Image 4 & 5) After arriving at Schellville, the CFNR has taken the East leg of the wye and backed down into Schellville Yard Track 2 passing the depot. After dropping the cars, the power heads back towards the depot light power.

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    -Frank C.
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    During the mid-day lull I found SMRT 2000 & 2001 switching some ex-PE cars converted to NWP DMU's around Sausalito Yard. Today the mail car has to be at the rear, instead of being the middle car, and the SMRT2000 & 2001 take care to make that happen at the diesel facility.

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    After hanging around Sausalito for a bit, I heard word that the M-W-F Petaluma & Santa Rosa (P&SR/PSR - Not to be confused with Precision Scheduled Railroading) was coming into Petaluma to do some switching...I managed to get to Copeland Street just in time! In the last snap, as the train has occupied ALL OF Copeland Street, a Golden Gate Transit Route 101 to San Francisco comes to a stop at the Transit Mall. This bus runs an "express" service for those who do not wish to take the train, or have to go into San Francisco's Financial District (FiDi) which isn't directly served by the NWP/S.M.A.R.T. & MUNI connection in S.F....Yet.

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    My first stop this Wednesday morning was to find the P&SR running. They were just coming onto Copeland Street when I arrived. They switched out part of the grain facility at Hunt & Berhen's in Petaluma, CA.

    Image 1) The gate is raised and the P&SR 600 and 601 enter Copeland Street from the mainline.

    Image 2) The P&SR has finished switching this side and is backing down Copeland Street to the rest of their train.

    Image 3) Looking through the Transit Mall archway, the last 3 grain cars sit on the mainline.

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    On this rainy winter day, I went and chased one of the morning 4 car trains from San Rafael, CA., to Mill Valley, CA., via San Anselmo, CA.!! The rain was wet, but I managed to stay ahead of this interesting 4 car train today...Usually the NWP splits up cars ONLY WHEN they have cars in the shop and have to sub in for other trains.

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    Yesterday I managed to catch the Long Distance "Redwood" train from Sausalito to Eureka, CA., departing Sausalito Yard. I had just walked out of UPS when I heard the distinctive ESPEE horn that they placed on the passenger units coming out of the yard. Today this train had a handful of cars to hand off to the San Rafael switch job on the rear as some new Comet III cars came in for the S.M.A.R.T. commute trains.

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    As I was traveling home in the rainy weather this evening, I heard the CFNR calling signals leaving Schellville. Knowing I hadn't snapped them across Lombard Bridge in a while, especially at night, I decided to head out there.

    As the silence of the hillsides became less obvious with the deafening sound of two 645's and a 567 and a loaded train, I knew they were close to the bridge as I heard "Approach Diverging West Lombard" come over the radio, their headlights lit up the bridge interior from end to end. At that point, the CFNR job slips silently through the rainy night towards the town of American Canyon and the further journey through Jameson Canyon to Suisun.

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