Cal Northern - A Life Chasing Trains

In 1993 when Cal Northern made a deal with SP to operate several lines in Northern California, SP in effect forced them to take the NWP from Schellville to Willits as part of the deal.  SP wanted out, but Cal Northern questioned whether the shrinking traffic justified the high maintenance costs that included four major bridges, track that had not had a tie program in many years, and the unstable geology of the Russian River canyon and Ridge hill.  But Cal Northern agreed and their handsome green and cream units began serving the line.  But in 1995 when SP sold the south end of the NWP to public owners in anticipation of future suburban passenger service, Cal Northern opted not to continue providing freight service for the new owners and cut their operations back to east of Schellville.  The new public owners created the Northwestern Pacific Railway to provide service. NEXT