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Date: 02/22/24 20:34
Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: loleta

Saturday, December 26, 1987. Mondays were a good day to photograph the NWP Sprint train out of Petaluma, as it would often run with 5 or 6 SD9s. On Saturdays you'd usually get 2 or 3, but on this Saturday there were 9 of them: 4392, 4351, 4450, 4393, 4379, 4438, ?, 4440, and 4307. Seen here north of Burdell.

Loleta Fernbridge




Date: 02/22/24 20:38
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: WAF

Couple days worth of loads



Date: 02/22/24 20:50
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: Switchpoint

I wonder how many were running. I sure miss the old NWP.



Date: 02/22/24 21:07
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: dmaffei

Look at the Cadillacs! Great photo. Thanks for sharing 



Date: 02/22/24 21:11
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: weather

Great shot.  In 1987, NWP was down to one extra west out of Willits. Man helpers were not in use and 5 SD-9's were goo for abouit 45 loads or 44oo tonss, which ever was smaller.  This may have been two trains combined.



Date: 02/22/24 22:41
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: Ritzville

Very enjoyable shot!

Larry



Date: 02/23/24 08:19
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: photobob

Excellent.

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography



Date: 02/23/24 11:13
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: atsf121

Outstanding photo!  Fun to see the SP trains I grew up watching.

Nathan



Date: 02/23/24 11:14
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: 3rdswitch

Real nice.
JB

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Date: 02/23/24 11:23
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: phthithu

Magnificent shot. Thanks a lot for posting. 
 



Date: 02/24/24 19:31
Re: Boxing Day, 1987, and the NWP wasn't messing around
Author: phthithu

Here's a look around in Google Earth with a 1974 aerial at this locale. Starts out up at Burdell, zooms into Loleta's vantage point, then looks at the road Loleta may have used to access that knoll which I believe RobJ also shot from. Then takes a look at the San Antonio area with the duck hunting camps that warranted passenger service from the NWP for a few years at least in the early 20th. Finishes with some train action via the 1974 aerial and a look at the industries in north Novato. Looks like they were just building the 101 bypass of Novato at this point. Or maybe just extending it north a few miles.  

One thing interesting up there in those marshes is how the plumbing changes over the years. Someone appears to have reclaimed a bit of marsh up there and you can see it in the 1974 aerial. Flooded now. I wonder if it was used by the duck hunters to draw in birds. 

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