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Quick progress being made for freight train service through Novato – Marin Independent Journal
Monday 6 Apr 2009, 10:46
Filed under: Marin, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Novato, Railroad, Sonoma

Quick progress being made for freight train service through Novato – Marin Independent Journal.

Freight train service through Novato is coming down the tracks faster than expected: By early May, a locomotive will cruise through the city for the first time since 2001 as part of a detail to replace railroad ties.”I’m very pleased with the progress, and I’d say we’re ahead of schedule, maybe by a month,” said project manager David Anderson, who works for the North Coast Rail Authority.

Anderson said vegetation has been cleared on tracks, and electronic upgrades have been made at crossings. More than 50,000 railroad ties and 60,000 tons of ballast for the tracks are being replaced. Repairs are being made to two bridges over Novato Creek – one near downtown next to Novato Community Hospital and one near StoneTree Golf Course at Black Point – as well as the Black Point Bridge that carries the rail cars between Sonoma and Marin counties over the Petaluma River.

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