Monday, April 25, 2011

From Lee in Yuma:

Northwestern Pacific track owner puts Southern Pacific cars up for sale

Published: April 22, 2011
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The North Coast Railroad Authority has decided to auction off nine ex-Southern Pacific lightweight passenger cars, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat has reported. The nine cars are scattered along the Northwestern Pacific route between Healdsburg and Humboldt County.

“They were beautiful at one time,” said Allen Hemphill, a train buff and director of the authority. “The buyer will have to invest significantly to restore them.”

Most of the cars were operated on SP’s Los Angeles-San Francisco Coast Daylight, and its Oakland, Calif.-Portland, Ore., Shasta Daylight. They last served on tourist trains from Healdsburg to Hopland and Willits, Calif. Those trains ceased operation in 1997.

The authority plans to post bidding forms to its website by April 25, and bids will open May 25. The authority’s website is www.northcoastrailroad.org.

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