Historical Pictures of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad



Album 6

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Northwestern Pacific No. 3840 rests at Petaluma awaiting the call to service.

Northwestern Pacific No. 3840 rests at Petaluma awaiting the call to service.

 

NWP No. 109 with three electric cars and one steam coach No. 76 at Gallinas Station just after Gallinas draw bridge on excursion to P&SR, April 6, 1941.

NWP No. 109 with three electric cars and one steam coach No. 76 at Gallinas Station just after Gallinas draw bridge on excursion to P&SR, April 6, 1941.

 

Oregon and Eureka passenger and freight dock at Samoa with the steamer "Antelope" in the background.

Oregon and Eureka passenger and freight dock at Samoa with the steamer "Antelope" in the background.

 

The 'James M. Donahue' of the SF&NP en route from San Francisco to Tiburon in 1900.

The 'James M. Donahue' of the SF&NP en route from San Francisco to Tiburon in 1900.

 

North Shore 2-6-0 #13 at Duncan Mills assigned to repair the damaged cars and equipment caused by the April 1906 earthquake.

North Shore 2-6-0 #13 at Duncan Mills assigned to repair the damaged cars and equipment caused by the April 1906 earthquake.

 

Eureka Southern #31 with a southbound Eureka passenger train, crosses Island Mountain new bridge over the Eel River. This bridge replaced the bridge which was destroyed in the 1964 flood.

Eureka Southern #31 with a southbound Eureka passenger train, crosses Island Mountain new bridge over the Eel River. This bridge replaced the bridge which was destroyed in the 1964 flood.

 

California Northern "Cadillac" No. 200 and sister awaits train time at Willits, September 10, 1994.

California Northern "Cadillac" No. 200 and sister awaits train time at Willits, September 10, 1994.

 

Northwestern Pacific No. 3844 GP9 on passenger special to Scotia. Train is spotted at Eureka, June 22, 1996.

Northwestern Pacific No. 3844 GP9 on passenger special to Scotia. Train is spotted at Eureka, June 22, 1996.

 

Double ended "Tiburon" coming from town of same name appears to be leading the "San Rafael" of the NPC as the San Francisco landing is approached. The latter had a later start and had to back out and turn before putting "Full Ahead" on her powerful engines.

Double ended "Tiburon" coming from town of same name appears to be leading the "San Rafael" of the NPC as the San Francisco landing is approached. The latter had a later start and had to back out and turn before putting "Full Ahead" on her powerful engines.

 

Eel River & Eureka passenger station at Eureka May 3, 1891 with local bicycle enthusiasts ready for a bicycle trip to Ferndale and Rohnerville, 24 miles.

Eel River & Eureka passenger station at Eureka May 3, 1891 with local bicycle enthusiasts ready for a bicycle trip to Ferndale and Rohnerville, 24 miles.

 

Northbound North Shore Engine #20 and train on a curve trestle nearing Point Reyes, 1905; this was the location of the funeral train wreck of June 21, 1903.

Northbound North Shore Engine #20 and train on a curve trestle nearing Point Reyes, 1905; this was the location of the funeral train wreck of June 21, 1903.

 

Northwestern Pacific passenger extra with locomotives at each end of train for push pull operation.

Northwestern Pacific passenger extra with locomotives at each end of train for push pull operation.

 

North Pacific Coast four truck train shed was erected on the pier at Sausalito in 1894. 324 feet long and 80 feet wide, big enough to allow passengers to transfer from trains to ferries under cover.

North Pacific Coast four truck train shed was erected on the pier at Sausalito in 1894. 324 feet long and 80 feet wide, big enough to allow passengers to transfer from trains to ferries under cover.

 

NWP narrow gauge passenger train crossing the trestle over McGuire Creek near Camp Meeker.

NWP narrow gauge passenger train crossing the trestle over McGuire Creek near Camp Meeker.

 

Northwestern Pacific No. 5308 switching cars and train at Santa Rosa, while her sisters await their turn to make up their train and return to Willits, July 2, 1997.

Northwestern Pacific No. 5308 switching cars and train at Santa Rosa, while her sisters await their turn to make up their train and return to Willits, July 2, 1997.

 


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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)