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Clankity Clank: Getting Used to Trains Again

For those living along Railroad Avenue and other spots near tracks in Novato, this clip is nothing special at all. But many who live further away haven't seen or heard the freight cars yet. Here's your chance.

Thanks to JeffCon1, we have a quick clip to show the Northwest Pacific Railway freight cars clanging along the rails in downtown Novato. This video was uploaded on Jan. 5 and shows the train cruising at about 25 mph past the old train depot at Grant & Railroad avenues. After a long hiatus, trains have been running since July 2011.

Rick Fraites January 12, 2012 at 01:39 AM
BTW, thank you American Taxpayer. You paid for most of this baby, not private investors.
Edwin Drake January 12, 2012 at 07:38 PM
railheads, sheeesh!
Eileen Plunkett January 12, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Citizens of Novato were told there would be no horns, whistles or other noise when the trains come through in what are called "quiet zones" and this appears to be that. So why all the whistles, bells and horns...it certainly would be disruptive to sleeping babies and others, so if the RR is felt to be a necessity then why not make the "quiet zone", truly quiet. Comment #2, I don't feel it's necessary to denigrate Carol Dillon Knutson....she did all she could to get SMART through and she knew the freight train would also use the tracks.........so if you are for the freight trains and SMART, thank Carol, don't say nasty things about her. While on CC she did a commendable job, not always what I would have had her do, but she did what she truly believed in.....I say, Happy Retirement Carol and thank you for your many years of service on CC.
Jan S January 12, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Trailer parks are zoned as business property. So people who live in thin-walled trailers situated right next to tracks in an area zoned for businesses ... wellll ... common sense would say if a person living there doesn't like it, MOVE. *shrug* Otherwise, accept the fact that one lives in a BUSINESS ZONE. Oh, and wait till that sleeping baby gets older, it'll be outside making MORE NOISE than any train ever could! LOL!
David Randolph January 19, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Dear Eileen, Commendable? LOL! Your esteemed Carole Dillon Knutson was all for the farce of not so SMART, but did all she could to stop the freight trains. That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her "performance" as a city council member. For one, she wanted to HIKE the real estate transfer tax (not allowed, because we are not a charter city) and I could go on and on. And this so-called public servant cared so much for her nearby neighbors that she allowed her non-running, piece of crap, rusting, oil leaking ancient Chevy Suburban to sit on the street in front of her house for several years (where were Novato's parking cops enforcing the 72-hr. limit?-MIA-or was this just a city council perk?) until they finally towed it away. You can still see the oil spot in front of her house. After she announced her retirement, at a party I hosted our large group of Novatans all heartedly drank a toast to her exit. Her time on the council was living proof that most voters pay little attention to issues and vote only for a familiar name. Sad.

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