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This blog is to give you an insight to the goings on behind the scenes of my Foothill Rails website. The adventures of railfanning in Northern California and beyond for the purpose of expanding my site, the research, the inspirations and the frustrations, and the wonderful people who I get to meet. Also new ideas and any other thoughts that may arise.
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  1. An Easter Shortline Run

    With our hike rained out this past Sunday, my gal and I went shortline hunting instead.

    First up, I was curious about whether Cal Northern GP15-1 #113 had been relettered back for CFNR after its return from the Mare Island Rail Service so Davis was first on the list. Sure enough, #113 was there along with #502 and #504 gensets. Also sure enough, she (113) has been relettered so a photo shoot ensued. Bingo right from the get go this trip is starting well.

    The Western ...
    Tags: cfnr, nvwt, nwp
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  2. Short Trip for Shortlines

    And a short and quick blog...

    With my buddy Jeff in town for the week from Colorado, there were a few shortline locos we wanted to hunt down.

    First up we drove by the Sacramento Valley at McClellan Park and noticed the ex Rarus GP9s were gone. Later research would turn up that they left earlier this month to LTEX.

    A quick stop in Davis found us two Cal Northern gensets.

    Our first main goal was the NWP units at Schellville. Upon arrival we found ...
    Tags: cct, nwp, rprc
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  3. "I'll Be Back"...

    -Arnold in Terminator or "I shall return." - General Macarthur in WWII. I musta muttered something like that years ago on my last visit to the California Western in Ft. Bragg. Finally, 15 years later, those words have come true.

    In the mean time, I've traveled all over the Western US for train photography but just couldn't seem to get back to Ft Bragg for one reason or another. Yesterday it happened.

    Heading out before daybreak, I found myself at Schellville ...
    Tags: cwr, nwp
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  4. Working On The Railroad: Colfax Caboose

    Working on the railroad
    Historic caboose getting facelift
    Gloria Beverage
    Gloria Beverage/colfax record

    Volunteers are in the process of restoring the historic caboose at the corner of Main and Grass Valley Streets in downtown Colfax. Originally acquired by Soroptimist International of Colfax in 1969, the caboose was used as a museum for a number of years.

    The ...
    Tags: caboose, colfax, nwp
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