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NCRA news
Wednesday 11 Mar 2009, 10:16
Filed under: harbor, Humboldt, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, THA

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend today’s meeting. So I can’t tell you for my perspective how it went, or video it. Yesterday, though nobody spoke in opposition to rail.2009-03-10-nwp-co-presentation-to-hc-brd-of-sups

Railroad authority says rail not dead

With enthusiasm fueled by a soon-to-be-opened 60-mile stretch at the south end of the railroad, North Coast Railroad Authority representatives outlined their hope for a localized tourist route at Tuesday’s Humboldt County Board of Supervisors’ and encouraged the supervisors’ continued support.

Railroad authority board members and staff were in Humboldt County for today’s NCRA board meeting.

”Our goal today is to give you an update,” NCRA board Chairman Allan Hemphill said. “It’s an exciting one.”

Hemphill noted that for the first time in years, the NCRA is on the verge of opening a 60-mile section on the south end of the Russian River division that runs from Lombard to Willits. The long-awaited movement forward spilled over to the railroad authority’s commitment to a passenger tourist train from Eureka to Samoa.

John H. Williams, president of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co., reiterated, as did others present, that the tourism train is definitely a possibility and will attract tourists. It’s long been an aspiration of the Timber Heritage Association. The main route would run from Eureka around Humboldt Bay.

Timber Heritage Association board members told the board they’ve begun the process of clearing brush from the tracks. Gerry Tomczak said volunteers have cleared about two miles of track thus far.

NCRA to restart freight service to Willits

The draft environmental impact report for freight train operations on a 142-mile stretch of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad line between Napa County and Willits was released Monday, according to North Coast Railroad Authority Chairman Allan Hemphill.

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