Re: Bootlegging the NWP Eel River!
Author: Mike Pechner
Date: 09-12-2023 - 13:49
I am sure you are aware the CBRL got $1.8 Billion dollars in Federal and Oregon State money to update the 134 miles from Eugene to the Port of Coos Bay to handle double Stack. Other than Eureka, IT IS the only other deepwater Port left on the Pacific Coast. On the the Great Circle Route, its 2 1/2 days closer by container ship to to the US from Asian Markets. Saving gazillion dollars on Labor and Fuel. When the finish with sidings, clearance and roadbed, they will have a ton of business with UP as folks like EVERGREEN will gladly cut their operating budget and drop eastbound containers here instead of LA. This was my proposal back in 2000 to re-open NWP to Port of Eureka....There isn't a snowballs chance in Death Valley NWP that this will happen un less of course private money suddenly re-appears.! A few years ago, James Mahon who was Chief Engineer for John Williams said the line to Eureka could be opened for $100,000,000 for 10 mph and $1 Billion for 30 mph in the Canyon. (Mahon was Division Engineer for the SP from Roseville to SLC and saved the SP when the winter of 1981-82 swamped the GSL route. Ok, let here it from the critics....