This isn’t really new news, but noteworthy nonetheless…Track crews continue to replace old ties on the Northwestern Pacific tracks through Santa Rosa. The crews are also removing old switches and other equipment after the new ties are installed. The stack of junked ties sitting next to the tracks just south of Hwy 12 has grown to the size of several buses. I suppose the usable ties will be sold for landscaping when the work is done.  Though SMART trains won’t run on the tracks until 2014, the North Coast Rail Authority hopes to have freight trains running sooner; in fact, the first train in eight years rolled through in June — carrying the new ties. NCRW had planned to have trains in operation this month (October, 2009), special permits were needed for some of the work and they now expect service to begin in 2010.

Northwest Pacific RR ties and old industrial area, Santa Rosa, Calif., Sept. 2009

Northwest Pacific RR ties and old industrial area, Santa Rosa, Calif., Sept. 2009

Pile of Northwest Pacific RR replaced ties, Santa Rosa, Calif., Sept. 2009

Pile of Northwest Pacific RR replaced ties near CA 12/US 101 interchange, Santa Rosa, Calif., Sept. 2009

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