East West Fantasy Choo Choo

http://www.mapsofworld.com/usa/usa-rail-map.html

The Powder River Basin is northwest of Cheyenne Wyoming.  You see where the rail net splits?  That’s the Great Salt Lake.

That’s one reason why Eureka will never be a deepwater port.  Simple geography.  It doesn’t matter if Eureka is a half day closer by ship to Asia, Eureka is a whole day farther by rail from anywhere, even if we did have a rail line.

So when they tell you that Eureka will be a shipping point for Powder River coal, they are lying to you.  They want some port infrastructure to ship hazardous materials, and they will try to seel it to you as economic development that will benefit the community, but it will never amount to a big deal in terms of international shipping.

Except for nuke waste and hazardous chemicals.  And munitions.  Remeber the Port Chicago disaster in 1945?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Chicago_explosion

have a peaceful day, Bill

“I already did this “study” for you… I will repeat it (again) for free.

There is this geographic feature of the North American continent called the “Great Salt Lake” which is approximately 600 miles due east of Eureka. All east-west transcontinental rail traffic must split east of the Great Salt Lake, and the northern route proceeds to Boise and then Seattle, while the southern route goes to Reno and then Oakland. The truth is that Redding is just as far from markets as Eureka is. So even if it is true that Eureka is a half day’s sea travel closer to Asia, it is at least a day farther from markets by rail. A half day or more would actually be lost by using the Port of Eureka, even supposing that a rail car could make it from Eureka to Redding to Oakland in one day. Most likely it will be two or three days.

There is nothing that we can do about this. So there you go, by accident of geography Eureka will never be a competitive deepwater West Coast port. … Then there are other issues. Could the railway to Redding actually be built? Yes, if you want to spend enough money. …You might be able to lay a new rail line across flat prairie or desert for $5 million a mile but not through those mountains. A half dozen tunnels and a half dozen bridges will cost $500 million all on their own.

This project, technically feasible will cost anywhere from $3 to $5 billion, minimum. The line would have to be heavily taxpayer subsidized or it could not exist and it will never be profitable, because of the geographical facts above.

If in some fantasy world this line was actually completed what would it haul? Although no Asian shipper of manufactured goods would use the port (because of the geographical facts above) shippers of dangerous, explosive or hazardous materials would like to have a lightly populated port to ship through. So we would get the nuclear waste, the caustic industrial chemicals and industrial acids, petroleum distillates, and military munitions. That’s your upside…

There’s your study.”

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CONTAINER  PORT WILL BRING HIGH PAYING JOBS?  HERE’S A TRUE PICTURE OF A MODERN CONTAINER PORT

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Seattle Port Trucker Strike Rally!Public Event · By Seattle Solidarity.

Monday, February 13, 2012.9:00am until 12:00pm.. E. Marginal Way and Hanford, under the viaduct

Over the last two weeks non-unionized short-haul truckers at the port have refused to work until they receive better treatment. For months they’ve been trying to build an association to fight back. These mostly immigrant workers face horrendous conditions on the ports – e…xtremely low pay, harassment from law enforcement and trucking companies, exorbitant fees charged by the companies that more than once have resulted in “negative” paychecks for the drivers.

Because of this they’ve stopped work, first at just one company, but it has since spread to many companies, slowing all traffic at the port. They’ve asked us to support them at a strike rally they’ll hold on Monday. We’ll be there with banners and flyers. Their situation is desperate, and it’s extremely important we show solidarity, we’re there to say “We support the Seattle truck drivers and their association.”

Depending on how their actions go there may be future ways we can help out. People from Occupy have also organized a food drive for the truckers – who aren’t making any money while they’re out. Please feel free to bring some donations of non-perishable food, diapers, baby wipes and etc – for the striking truckers and their families.

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/wildcat-truckers-strike-hits-port-of-seattle-hundreds-walk-off/

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MORE LINKS

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http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2013/apr/9/big-showdown-brewin-tomorrows-north-coast-railroad/

http://humboldtsentinel.com/2011/12/21/eureka-city-council-mulls-new-rail-line/

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2011/dec/20/eureka-cc-mull-over-great-east-west-railroad-const/#disqus_thread

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2011/aug/15/fortuna-blaze-boldly-19th-century/

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2011/dec/21/map-east-west-phantom-train/

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/railroadies-revive-east-west-line-idea/#comments

http://www.times-standard.com/news/ci_19591583

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2011/dec/20/eureka-cc-mull-over-great-east-west-railroad-const/#disqus_thread

http://humboldtsentinel.com/?s=red+bluff&.x=17&.y=11

http://humboldtsentinel.com/2012/08/07/east-west-rail-proposal-on-eureka-city-council-agenda-tonight/

http://humboldtsentinel.com/2013/03/30/east-west-rail-proposal-citizens-weigh-in-with-comments/

http://humboldtsentinel.com/2012/01/20/weekly-roundup-for-january-20-2012/

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/news/2012/05/24/choo-choo-fantasies/

Oh well here’s the start of some links about the equally fanciful Eel River (NCRA) route:

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/the-disappearing-railroad-blues/Content?oid=2258519

General Lost Coast Geology:

https://humboldtactivist.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/unstable-lost-coast-geology-tourist-train-tunnel-failure-mendocino-skunk-train/

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About highboldtage

60 something ya. Libertarian Socialist, community activist, writer and troubador.
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