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Old July 15th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #481
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Yea they did that when I was on Lake Shore Limited to Chicago from NYC.
Apparently they stopped it now.
Interesting; I'll keep that in mind since I'm travelling on that train next week.
On another note, here are two REALLY long ride videos that I shot on Amtrak California's Capitol Corridor Route. Enjoy :

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Old July 15th, 2012, 09:10 PM   #482
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Railfanning Caltrain at the Cab Car railfan window. Local train with nice K2 horn and bell, followed by an express run with a crappy K2 and bell.

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Old July 16th, 2012, 09:21 AM   #483
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Border/customs officers embarking halted US domestic services for their patrols is apparently customary their stings even occur in Rochester, NY
why would people refuse to identify their citizenship??
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Old July 16th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #484
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Old July 18th, 2012, 07:21 AM   #485
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another SMART update:


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Old July 18th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #486
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Old July 18th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #487
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why would people refuse to identify their citizenship??
Because you shouldn't put to much trust in the government.
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Old July 18th, 2012, 10:03 AM   #488
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So SMART is being built on unused old tracks?
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Old July 18th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #489
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So SMART is being built on unused old tracks?
They're rebuilding an existing freight ROW (NWP), which would allow for higher speeds.
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Old July 18th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #490
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But is the freight track still being used by freight trains?
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Old July 18th, 2012, 09:21 PM   #491
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But is the freight track still being used by freight trains?
Yes. The portion that is being rebuilt obviously isn't right now, but in short yes. I live near the tracks and have seen trains. They are using the tracks to deliver rail parts. Here's a little background:

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The Northwestern Pacific Railroad (reporting mark NWP) is a regional railroad that serves the North Coast of California. Its main line is 271 miles (436 km) long and runs between Schellville and Eureka. There are portions of the line still intact from the Ignacio Wye to the edge of San Rafael. Currently only the 62 mi (100 km) stretch between Schellville and Windsor is in operation.

The portion of the NWP main line between the Ignacio Wye in Marin County and the depot in Healdsburg is owned by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), a proposed commuter railroad. The Schellville&ndash;Ignacio and Healdsburg&ndash;Eureka portions are owned by the North Coast Railroad Authority.

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The NWP was started in the late 1800s as a combined enterprise between the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads, who both realized only one railroad would be profitable in the Eel River canyon. The two railroads bought and combined 43 different railroads to create the Northwestern Pacific and achieve a single railroad by 1914. Gauges ranged from 3 foot to standard, and even included an early wooden steam monorail in Sonoma, CA. In 1936, the Santa Fe sold its interests to the SP, which assumed full control.

Beginning in 1990, public interests began snatching up bits and pieces of the "Southern End," or from Willits, CA to Schellville, CA. The North Coast Railroad Authority was born by government action in the late 1980s to save the NWP from abandonment. The SP officially sold the last of the entire line in 1995, the same year all operations ended north of Willits. In 1996 the "reborn" NWP began operations, but poor management, lack of sufficient motive power and high costs led the line to fall apart. In 1999, the Federal Railroad Administration gave an emergency order that closed the line.

In July 2011, the Federal Railroad Administration emergency order was lifted, allowing freight trains to resume service.


Shortly after traffic ceased south of Larkspur, CA, a scene of the first Dirty Harry movie was filmed on the NWP trestle that passes over Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the late 1970's. Actor Clint Eastwood, who plays an outstanding SFPD investigator, stands atop the trestle and jumps onto a under-passing hijacked bus in the movie. This trestle was partially removed by the City after a large semi truck hit it in the early 2000's and it became too dangerous to remain. It will eventually be rebuilt and become part of the planned Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit route.
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Old July 19th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #492
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Tell me more about SMART? Is it for people commuting to San francisco by ferry? Where does it begin and terminate?
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Old July 19th, 2012, 11:37 PM   #493
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Tell me more about SMART? Is it for people commuting to San francisco by ferry? Where does it begin and terminate?
Eventually the train will connect to Golden Gate Transit's Larkspur Ferry Terminal, where passengers can transfer to head to the City. That station is not part of the 38 mile Initial Operating Segment (IOS), as a majority of passengers will be staying within the two counties (shuttles will be available for the deferred stations, including Larkspur). The IOS will begin in downtown San Rafael and go to northern Santa Rosa. At full build out, the line is planned to be 70 miles long from Larkspur to Cloverdale.

I'm happy to answer your questions as best I can. Also, you can find a lot of information about SMART by going to these sites:

http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/ - Official Site
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonoma-...a_Rail_Transit
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Old July 20th, 2012, 05:05 AM   #494
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SMART construction updates from yesterday/today:











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Old July 20th, 2012, 05:07 AM   #495
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I Wonder where this train now, it's still exist or scrap?
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Old July 20th, 2012, 10:34 PM   #496
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Most likely scrapped. Sad too, it looks pretty cool.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 11:25 PM   #497
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I'm pretty sure its long gone....
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Old July 21st, 2012, 11:00 PM   #498
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Does that Flash Gordon-looking passenger unit really hail from Year 2000?
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 01:28 AM   #499
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A map from SMART website (it is buried in a third-level menu):

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Old July 23rd, 2012, 03:08 AM   #500
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How long is the ferry ride?
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