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NCRA
Thursday 25 Jul 2013, 09:30
Filed under: Humboldt, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, trails | Tags: , ,

Wow, what a lot of rage over nothing. Where was this rage when it was not done legally in the first place? Nope, nothing. Lets get things clear, NCRA directors had nothing to do with this, the Humboldt Mayors did. In order to correct this, there was a revote of the issue. More put in their voice as tends to happen in democracies, and they decided on a better person. I don’t see it as a knock against trails simply because Director Marks is on record wanting trails and trails has been approved long before either one of these two got on board. The two I can think of is Healdburg, the the other is Arcata to Bracutt. Oh yes, most of the A&MR RR to be converted long ago to a trail. Yet these articles and editorials attempt to sell you Stillman would of brought fresh new ideas. Not buying that one.

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Speeder Crewcar Rides this Weekend in Loleta
Friday 12 Jul 2013, 02:03
Filed under: Humboldt, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, THA | Tags:

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Sorry about that, it is for the entire weekend. Lots of stuff going on during those days. Many good businesses in that area to enjoy!

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Marin County Judge Lays Smack Down on NCRA Opponents

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Judge to dismiss suit against North Coast rail service

Environmental groups cannot use state law to block the resumption of freight rail service on the North Coast, a Marin County judge tentatively ruled Tuesday.

Judge Roy O. Chernus said that federal law preempts state law in matters relating to railroads, so environmental groups could not sue the North Coast Railroad Authority over deficiencies in an environmental impact report that it prepared under state law using state money.

The state law “mandates a time-consuming review which may result in indefinite delays and unduly interfere with exclusive federal jurisdiction over rail transportation” by giving local officials power to block operations on environmental grounds, the judge wrote.

Ouch! This is what I have said for a long time. This also calls in to question Novato’s lawsuit and settlement. Maybe NCRA can get some money back from that city and the county of Marin.

Watch soon for Hank Sims to write another rant against the railroad and bearing his teeth. The troll or trolls will do the same with the comments on here.

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First Passenger train on NWP in June

For the first time since the reopening of the railroad. The NWP is having a passenger train. For $199 you will travel between Sacramento and the Sonoma race track. A t-shirt and preferred seating is included.

For the first time ever, Northern California NASCAR fans can get on board the NASCAR Express train service to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway.

The raceway has partnered with the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) to offer a first-of-its-kind express train that will transport fans directly from the Sacramento area to the raceway on race day, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The train will depart from Sacramento, with stops in Davis and Suisun City, and traverse some of Northern California’s most spectacular scenery before dropping passengers just steps from the raceway’s main entrance.

Link

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Common Carrier and Passenger E-W Rail
Tuesday 9 Apr 2013, 02:40
Filed under: Humboldt, NCRA, North Coast Railroad, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad

I am not sure why people are so against finding out out options and the use of public money. In order to have knowledge we must have info. By using public money we can have what we want, that is passenger rail. That is why Union Pacific rejected public money to expand Donner Pass. They did not want to deal with passenger train expansion. East-West rail would be a common carrier. Things that are carried is produce from farms, lumber, ie common everyday things people need and want. There is no way to sneak the boogeyman coal through here. Relax.

Tomorrow is likely uneventful. The fish passage is likely approved without the bridge.

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Rail and Trail around Humboldt Bay

I admit being nervous how the committee process would go.  As I told NCRA at their last meeting, what they came up with was very smart. Now we have a rail with trail process around the bay. This gives our area the political capital and economic benefits we need to implement the plan a single way could not. I knew that not all the ties needed to be replaced, and the rail did not need to be replaced, yet you naysayers would not listen. We can finally move forward now that the “squeeze” folks have quieted down. For those who continue to doubt normal maintenance can raise the rail-bed effectively for sea level rise, please understand NCRA already has done this as part of the rebuilding process. They raised the trestle down in Novato. On either side the track needed to  be raised to match the bridge.

I am a part of this process. I do not have a problem with putting a trail along side the rail. I do have a problem with removing the rail for a trail in these vital areas. We need the tourist train. The tourist train is about diversification of our economy.

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Loleta Antique Show and THA Speeder Run this Saturday 9-4ish

Looks to be another great weekend for fun, with some showers. This Saturday is the Loleta Antique Show and Loleta has been kind enough to invite Timber Heritage Association down to run once again. This show sponsored by the Loleta Volunteer Fire Department. According to their website it is one of the largest Antique Shows in Northern California. My only questions is how did I miss these gems for so long?

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2012 Photos of Salmon, Oysters, Ales & Rails

 

Another wonderful fundraiser for both Timber Heritage Association and the Clark Museum! A great turnout, weather was not bad, and everyone enjoyed themselves. With a little more work, I think the dinning car could be made available for catered food. Imagine the tourist train running from Samoa to Eureka. Such a ride will attract many people to come and say another night, helping the local economy. During the Fourth of July, runs between Eureka and Arcata will bring our cities together using alternative transportation.

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Salmon, Oysters, Ales & Rails this Saturday
Thursday 23 Aug 2012, 09:03
Filed under: Humboldt, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, Samoa, THA | Tags: , , , ,

Plus speeder rides all day. The three newest passenger cars have been cleaned up, and will be lit for visitors enjoyment!

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THA Speeder Crew Car runs Loleta Swauger Station Day 8 July 2012
Tuesday 10 Jul 2012, 12:48
Filed under: Humboldt, NCRA, North Coast Railroad, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, THA

A fun day was to be had by all. The weather was good, not to hot, and not too cold. The trains were packed all day, and the children were given the opportunity to run the bell while in station. Not only was there the usual speeder ride, but also a rail cycle was there, inviting people to explore the rail a bit at their own pace and power. Those who came for the BBQ and other events packed the speeder. Likewise, the folks who came for the historic speeder ride to the tunnel, packed the BBQ, and other businesses. At the Loleta Bakery, there was not a single loaf to be found at the end of the day, despite extra loafs that were made for the event. I am still enjoying my loaf of Sweet Portuguese Bread.

I will be adding video, beware though, it was done on the iPhone without a tripod.

Loleta Speeder and Rail Cycle runs 8 July 2012

Part B Video




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