Passenger service boomed until the 1930s, when improved roads and highways made traveling and shipping by motor vehicle more accessible, and by 1935 both freight and passenger service slowed to a crawl because of the Great Depression. 16 offers from $9.95. As plans went forward it became clear that only one railroad would be profitable serving Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, so the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe entered into a joint agreement, and in 1906 merged 42 railroad companies between Marin and Humboldt Bay to create one railroad line stretching from Sausalito to Eureka. Northwestern Pacific Railroad (Images of Rail) Fred Codoni. The three Chicago area commuter lines that are now owned by Union Pacific spent much of their existence as part of the Chicago & North Western. Until 1972, when the employees purchased the company, it was named the Chicago and North Western Railway. // End hiding script from old browsers -->, Greyline Map courtesy The winning bidder was NWPCo, Inc., led by CEO John H. Williams who had been instrumental in setting up Caltrain service on the San Francisco Peninsula. The Northwestern Pacific Railroad (reporting mark NWP) is a railroad covering the 62 mi (100 km) stretch between Schellville and Windsor with freight and SonomaâMarin Area Rail Transit commuter trains. var dayName = new Array ("Sunday","Monday","Tuesday","Wednesday","Thursday","Friday","Saturday") Freight service on the NWP picked up heavily again in the 1950s as a large increase in the demand for lumber came about due to the post-war housing boom. The Southern Pacific Railroad controlled the southern end of the line from Willits to Marin and Schellville, while the AT&SF controlled line south from Eureka through Humboldt County. The Chicago & North Western's earliest predecessor was the Galena & Chicago Union chartered in 1836. It is dedicated to preserving the rich and colorful heritage of Redwood Empire railroading. $15.00 + $4.00 shipping . Merged into NWP in 1907. $19.95. The North Coast Railroad began operations in 1992, also taking over what was by then the remains of the Eureka Southern. The SP began to lease the line to the California Northern Railroad in 1993, until the entire south end was purchased by a combination of the GGBHTD and Marin and Sonoma Counties, which operational control was merged on April 30, 1996 with the NCRA. Occasional construction trains for SMART have also been an integral part of NWP carloads. The railroad has hauled grain for dairy and poultry farms in Sonoma County, and lumber products out of Windsor and Schellville. After a time-expedient "punt" of the route through the unstable Eel River Canyon, construction was finally completed in October 1914 when a golden spike ceremony and celebration was held to mark the accomplishment. San Francisco and Northwestern Railway (SF&NW) formed by Santa Fe Railroad in 1903 to consolidate the California and Northern Railway from Arcata to Eureka, the Eel River and Eureka Railroad from Eureka to Alton, The California Midland from Alton to Carlotta, and the Pacific Lumber Company lines from Alton up the Eel River. Free shipping .