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Date: 09/13/12 21:02
NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: FiveChime

Here are an interesting set of Tom Eikerenkotter photos taken at Tiburon, California on November 1st, 1959.

1. Tiburon was served by the Santa Fe barge. Here pictured with their war bonnet tug.

2. SP GE 44 Tonner 1905 was used to load the barge. In later years, in my time there, SW 1
1000 served the same function.

3. Loading the barge from the cab of 1905.

Tom Eikerenkotter Photos








Date: 09/13/12 21:13
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: FiveChime

4. Notice the idler flats. The ferry slip would not support the weight of the little locomotive.

5. Looking north from Tiburon terminal. Looks like a good number of cars, perhaps some being
stored.

6. Early SP SD7s 5282 and 5292 with NWP 112 in the background.

Tom Eikerenkotter Photos








Date: 09/13/12 21:18
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: FiveChime

7. NWP 112 on May 18, 1960.

More coming including the Redwood being powered by EMD switchers and SD7s.

Regards, Jim Evans




Date: 09/14/12 05:04
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: DFWJIM

Very nice photos. Are those woodchip cars being loaded on the ferry?



Date: 09/14/12 07:03
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: TonyJ

Thanks for sharing more of Tom's photos. My first visit to Tiburon was about a year after Tom took those photos.



Date: 09/14/12 08:07
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: DavidP

What became of the 112?

Dave



Date: 09/14/12 08:31
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: spnudge

112 is in Sacto at the museum. Thanks for the pics. I used to play in that yard for hours and go out on the pilings to fish. I rode around on those 44 ton switcher hour after hour and was showed how to run the turntable and stop and start the SD-7s.

15 years later, I was a hoghead for the SP on the Coast. Who could have figured.

Nudge



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Date: 09/14/12 11:58
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: P5r24

Great set Jim!

Thanks for taking the time to post these fine views,

Gary



Date: 09/14/12 14:06
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: colehour

Yes, thanks for those photos. The NWP was still pretty active when I lived in Santa Rosa during the 1970s. If I'm not mistaken passenger service had ended only in 1971.

I used to go out looking for the abandoned ROWs of the NWP and its predecessor lines. At the time I had a friend who recalled when the NWP ran to Monte Rio from Fulton. That's now more or less the route of River Road.

I have what is purported to be the controller key used by the last run of an electric train on the NWP on March 1, 1941. The attestation is written in fading ink on the back of a freight ticket. The engineer was Harry Steinburn the train pulled into San Rafael at 1:45 AM. I've considered donating it to a museum. Any suggestions?



Date: 09/14/12 23:44
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: Waybiller

So, the Tiburon barge was Santa Fe's access to the NWP? Did they maintain rate authority over it?



Date: 09/15/12 11:03
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: rob_l

DFWJIM Wrote:
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> Very nice photos. Are those woodchip cars being
> loaded on the ferry?


Unloaded. Empties coming back from the Antioch paper mill (Fibreboard in later years, IIRC). The mill was served exclusively by ATSF so the chip racks had to be interchanged to ATSF.

Best regards,

Rob L.



Date: 09/15/12 11:07
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: rob_l

Waybiller Wrote:
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> So, the Tiburon barge was Santa Fe's access to the
> NWP? Did they maintain rate authority over it?


Steve,

I believe the interchange was indeed at Tiburon and the ATSF barges hauled the chip racks across the bay on their journies to and from the Antioch paper mill.

If you go far enough back in time, I believe that at one time the NWP was a joint SP-ATSF property and in those days ATSF enjoyed long-haul lumber loads off the NWP.

Best regards,

Rob L.



Date: 09/16/12 05:48
Re: NWP, 1959, 1960, Tom Eikerenkotter Photos
Author: Evan_Werkema

Signor's article on Santa Fe marine ops in the First Quarter 2011 issue of "The Warbonnet" mentions the chip movement between Tiburon and Antioch (presumably only by barge from Tiburon to Richmond and then by rail to Antioch, as I've never seen mention of a ferry slip at Antioch). A photo caption also relates that, "While at one time SP had its own freight barge operation on the bay, in later years Santa Fe had an agreement with SP to handle short-haul traffic between San Francisco and Tiburon." And of course, after Tunnel 4 in San Rafael burned in 1961, Santa Fe's barges were the only link to the outside world for freight customers on the southern tip of the NWP until the tunnel was rebuilt in 1967.

...so just when did SP abandon their freight barge service? A partial 1926 SP map of San Francisco on p.14-15 of that same issue shows an "SP Freight Slip" just the other side of Pier 54 from where Santa Fe's final China Basin slip was located (Santa Fe's slip in 1926 was further north, just off the China Basin channel south of Pier 46).



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