Capdiamont\’s Weblog

Local NWP area railroad news and grumble type mood.

I’ve delayed this, because of being in a grumble type mood. Now I need to reboot the browser, and computer for updates, so I might as well deal with it.

I and others, were trying to get a 4th of July speeder run in Eureka for this year, working it out for weeks. Heck, it was thought of last year, but was rejected. Something about overwhelming crowds back then.

Lets review the area that we wanted to give rides. The loading area would be Humboldt Towing at the northern end of 1st st., so that we would be connected to the crowds of downtown, and not block much of 1st st. The Northern end of the ride would be just south of T st. crossing. As far as getting it ready, there is no brush in the way, clear a bit of the flange ways, cut flange ways out of wood in one crossing, and cut some wimpy stumps that grew next to the rails. You couldn’t ask for an easier new riding area for a speeder. You couldn’t ask for a nicer way to get in the public’s mind.

Just a simple little ride, generating good pr, having fun, and generating a little revenue. No advertising, for it was a bit late for that, just a few signs around downtown pointing the way or so.

Except that isn’t what happened. Instead I got the full force of the political, lazy answers. Excuses ranges from the stumps,to paved over crossing, to permits needed, to lack of transportation due to somebody being out-of-town. The stump would have taken one person a max of 1/2 day to take care of. It isn’t like you have a full tree to take care of, and we have dealt with plenty of stumps next to the rails on the Samoa side. There is no paved over crossing, the closest one that fits that description is the one just north of Humboldt towing. Just take a chainsaw to the wood, and cut a small grove for the flanges. Eureka city engineering didn’t get back to me on that one. Talking to Eureka city clerk, no permits needed. Nice person BTW. Transportation could have been overcome, by having Humboldt Towing, or another towing company put it on a flat-bed. I’m sure I could have even borrowed or rented something big enough to haul it.

But nope, it got shot down to the point, even a static display was given the big NO from the board meeting. No means to appeal the decision, heck I didn’t even know the idea would be voted on. Well it is time to revamp the by-laws.

Enough of the rant.

The speeder rides this year have the new trailer to about double the capacity of the rides. And will have a special run in the beginning of Aug from Arcata and will be longer rides.

Pacific Lumber Speeder ride opens to public in Humboldt County

More seats available for ‘Riding the Rail’

”Riding the Rails” speeders now can carry 26 people. A donation of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children under 8 is requested from guests. Children riding on the lap require no tickets.

Rides start this coming Saturday, and continue on July 24, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25 for a 20-minute ride between Samoa and Manila beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The Timber Heritage Association will have a special longer ride along the U.S. Highway 101 corridor on Aug. 7 with a higher donation of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children under 8. Tickets and reservations can be made online at Potential guests may call 442-3073 for reservations and information.

SamoaSoftball blog: has Eureka Southern excursion train blast from the past video.

SRPD: Freight trains at least 3 months away

Basically looking at around Oct of this year if things go well for freight trains on the NWP.

MIJ: Editorial, don’t cut the SMART bike path.

SMART, the commuter train on the southern end of the NWP faces $155 million. The debate is how to go about things with building the line. The shortfall is due to the economy, lack of money coming from NCRA because of the freight trains not running, and new safety requirement. So what gets cut out, or delayed? General choices is hope for better economy, federal grants(etc), bike trail, or



Cap…its very unfair to say it only takes a half day to clear the track and where were you-why didn’t you get out there clearing the track?

If there’s a list of stuff that you knew (last year) needed to be done such as permits, you could have it taken care of it during the last year. You and the helpers could have contacted a few people while they weren’t on vacation.

Sorry, maybe its rough on you using your own words but re-read what you posted and see its full of opportunities for you to step in there and do what you wanted (yourself).

The crew working on tracks at Samoa is nowhere near done for the posted speeder rides as it is…asking them to drop everything for your 4th of July dream isn’t very fair under those circumstances.

Maybe you can start pitching in, they might be there to help you next time.

Comment by Mary Boughton

Let me give you an idea what I have done. The 1/2 day is the absolute max need to clear the tracks in Eureka for a simple ride. I have walked these tracks, I know what I’m talking about. I was the one who pushed for and in charge of clearing the tracks on the Samoa side. I wasn’t asking anybody to drop anything, instead we got stomped on.

Comment by capdiamont

Yes it was your original idea to clear tracks for speeder rides but umm…someone elses are doing the actual labor-people who have full time jobs (I know one of them very well).

Put that kid in a backpack with a safety visor (Im kidding a little) but really good ideas can only go so far…

Comment by Mary Boughton

By the way I cringed about the open discussion here but then…maybe you’ll get a few volunteers. They sure would be welcome to finish the roofing work too!

Comment by Mary Boughton

So did Lawrence quit the THA or not?

Comment by Mike Buettner

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