Historical Pictures of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad



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Eel River & Eureka Railroad shops and turntable at South Bay[Fields Landing], looking northward toward Eureka six miles away, just before 1900. Taken over by San Francisco & North Western in 1903.

Eel River & Eureka Railroad shops and turntable at South Bay [Fields Landing], looking northward toward Eureka six miles away, just before 1900. Taken over by San Francisco & North Western in 1903.

 

Ready to leave Sausalito ferry pier very early on April 10, 1938, is special passenger train X23 with tenwheeler 113 on the head end as a helper as far as Santa Rosa. The train was bound for Willits, where excursionists would transfer to the California Western and a later change to Caspar, South Fork & Eastern Railroad. Train made it back to Sausalito after midnight.

Ready to leave Sausalito ferry pier very early on April 10, 1938, is special passenger train X23 with tenwheeler 113 on the head end as a helper as far as Santa Rosa. The train was bound for Willits, where excursionists would transfer to the California Western and a later change to Caspar, South Fork & Eastern Railroad. Train made it back to Sausalito after midnight.

 

NWP's only Heisler geared locomotive came second hand from Horseshoe Lumber Company to work on the steep, winding Sherwood Branch out of Willits. Photo at Tiburon just before number was changed to 225. Too light for the job, she was soon sold.

NWP's only Heisler geared locomotive came second hand from Horseshoe Lumber Company to work on the steep, winding Sherwood Branch out of Willits. Photo at Tiburon just before number was changed to 225. Too light for the job, she was soon sold.

 

1939 "Caboose Bounce," shows NWP X113, running extra in

1939 "Caboose Bounce," shows NWP X113, running extra in third-rail territory with "crummy" 6015, passing Baltimore Park northbound. No. 113 was taken off the roster in 1947.

 

NWP interurban 386, arrived from Sausalito, unloads from the front

NWP interurban 386, arrived from Sausalito, unloads from the front platform special express shipments at Mill Valley Depot, October 1939. 386 was the last of 12 motors and 7 trailers bought new in 1930. It had only 11 years of service until abandonment in 1941, after which it was transformed to Pacific Electric as No. 4511.

 

Afternoon train stops at Novato on a cold January day in 1909. All the train crew and even a few passengers pose for what must have been an official photograph. Engine 20, formerly SF&NP 13, had been built by Rogers Locomotive Works in 1884 and would be in service for another twenty years.

Afternoon train stops at Novato on a cold January day in 1909. All the train crew and even a few passengers pose for what must have been an official photograph. Engine 20, formerly SF&NP 13, had been built by Rogers Locomotive Works in 1884 and would be in service for another twenty years.

 

1961 Railcar Lineup, SP 10, Budd RDC car operating as NWP Train 4,

1961 Railcar Lineup, SP 10, Budd RDC car operating as NWP Train 4, ready to start its tri-weekly run from Willits to Eureka on September 30, 1961. It will leave at 1:45 and arrive at Eureka at 7:20, taking 5 1/2 hours for the 98-mile run. Barely visible to the rear are California Western Railroad railcars M80 and M100, ready to depart for Fort Bragg on the coast.

 

Bound for Eureka, Train 2 pulled by No 139, charges up the grade toward Tunnel 3 near Greenbrae. The train left Sausalito at 8:20 am, will be at San Rafael at 8:45. It will terminate at Eureka, 267 miles farther, at 7 in the evening.

Bound for Eureka, Train 2 pulled by No 139, charges up the grade toward Tunnel 3 near Greenbrae. The train left Sausalito at 8:20 am, will be at San Rafael at 8:45. It will terminate at Eureka, 267 miles farther, at 7 in the evening.

 

Sternwheeler car ferry "Lagunitas" carried narrow-gauge cars across the bay from Sausalito to San Francisco, where there were extensive narrow-gauge tracks on the northern waterfront. Built in 1903; retired 1921.

Sternwheeler car ferry "Lagunitas" carried narrow-gauge cars across the bay from Sausalito to San Francisco, where there were extensive narrow-gauge tracks on the northern waterfront. Built in 1903; retired 1921.

 


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The Alton & Pacific Railroad was a privately owned tourist attraction located on Highway 36 in nearby Alton. It no longer exists.

 

Heralded the "City of Fortuna", this steam locomotive, originally the Hammond Lumber Company Number 16, was once located near the entrance in Rohner Park. It is now being operated as an excursion train in Washington.
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For many years the Pacific Lumber Company used the railroad to move their lumber from the mills to shipping areas. They operated passenger trains as well. Here are some recent pictures of their railroad operations.

 

Three trainmen were killed in January 1953 at the Scotia Bluff when a landslide took their locomotive, the NWP184, into the icy Eel River. (Bill Bish pictures)