Mendocino Railway will file to use 13 miles of Great Redwood Trail Agency track


9 thoughts on “Mendocino Railway will file to use 13 miles of Great Redwood Trail Agency track

  1. Wow ,this the first I’ve heard of this plan !!! I have alot of mixed feelings about this and rightfully so as the rail line represents a very large part of my local heritage !!! My grandfather Richard “Roy” Rexrode my thr Lord rest his soul was the Line Forman and Field Engineer !!! He in fact played a great part in the lines up dating or up grading to all or most of the 28 plus trussels, bridges and river crossing amoung a great many other vital responsibilities to maintains the lines functional operations!!! This was back when the line employed the greater part of my family and tge line was still shipping freight directly out of the Georgia Pacific Mill as well as the Passenger Line !!! For awhile he even pulled double duty as the Round House Forman which was directly responsible for all the maintenance of the Engines , passenger and freight cars ,up until my Uncle Richard or “Dick” Rexrode ,tool over that position !!! In my opinion the the Line suffered after a few key locals voiced unfair practices of favouritism towards the larger amount of employees where infact relatives and or family friends !!! At this point ,my own father was not permitted to actually be a registered employee there dispite the fact he had all the nessary skills to be great value to the once prestigious line and many times would “Moonlight” there working off the record or “books” in order to assist his father and brothers , with some of the moore labor intensive functions like swapping out truck assemblies and tires , much like the axles and tires for highway use , nust a whole lot heavier and larger as to be entirely made of steal !!! Its was not too many years after the bullshit favoritism complaints that ushered out most of my families involvement the line slowly deteriorated and more or less started to become a “Joke”,for lack of a better term !!! So anyways Yeah , i do have alot of reasons beyond my families heritage as i understand all the issues around , fire prevention ,utilities and service infrastructure, logistics as well as environmental pro and cons even the booming tourist industy amoug many other vital or important considerations to all parties involved in this proposal !!! In my opinion the “railbanking” as it is known as apparently sounds like a great idea and does have a great appeal twords my love of outdoors and Eco friendly side of this as well as my understanding of economic growth and development !!! They all have a legitimate part stake in this to be absolutely considered !!! There’sdefinitely going to gave to be alot of negotiated trade offs here as compromises will be the rule of the day !!! I truly have alot of mixed blessings or feelings on all sides of this latest development as i have just now recently made light of the proposed thoughts and ideas ?!?!?!

  2. Pinoli is so full of it. His support for trails is soooo clear in Mendocino Railway’s STB filing on July 6, 2021 in which the company writes “While the NCRA Request indicates that Humboldt County and the City of Eureka are concerned about rising costs and that the City of Eureka wishes to solicit bids for certain projects that are contingent on railbanking, if an OFA is brought for all or a portion of the rail line there, will be no trails, and both public entities could avoid any costs at all.”

    Mendocino Railway knew their actions would kill the trail, and the company is just fine with that.

    Their filing goes on to argue that in fact Humboldt County and the City of Eureka shouldn’t be conducting any work on the Humboldt Bay Trail because it could “prohibit continued rail operations”.

    So not only are they determined to bisect what could be one of the most stunning portions of the Great Redwood Trail in order to help a company known for violating air quality standards (, but they also took issue with continued trail development 120 miles north, where trail supporters had already managed to raise an additional $20 million for building as a “rail with trail” rather than “rail to trail”.

    And of course Mendocino Railway’s efforts to take a portion of the NWP right of way could help them cement their claim to be a public utility, allowing them an avenue around permitting and environmental review of their development plans in Fort Bragg. Despite what Pinoli says, it is obvious to anyone involved that the company is desperate to secure that status to evade future violations like this one ( just lodged by the Coastal Commission.

  3. Our community need jobs! Too many idle hands around here as it is….what really is disgusting about this situation is Public tax dollars trying to push private business out!

  4. Heavy rail? Great. Cheap gravel delivered more efficiently and safer than heavy trucking. And a nature trail? Even better.

    All this whoop about preventing rail enterprises seem to avoid the question of whether it’ll be a good thing. Would it bring in tourism? Would it bring jobs? Would it be kinda cool? And trails along the rail lines- why not?

    So the naysayers who are against literally everything, and ESPECIALLY anything cool or fun… how about refocusing your efforts on something more worthwhile like raising a little Cain about the sewage treatment facility instead? Ya know, the one that regularly makes the entire town smell like a freshly tipped outhouse?

    I mean trendy as it is to be against everything, gravel is needed for roads and concrete. The carbon footprint of rail compared to heavy trucking is tiny comparatively, and way safer. Besides, the hobos of Fort Homeless need a train to ride.

    • Let’s Rally, Mendo County! 🚀

      About Me: 🌍 I hail from Ukiah & Redwood Valley, with roots in Fort Bragg. However, I’ve been soaking in the vibes near Bangkok, Thailand, for the past decade, after seven splendid years in San Diego. We’re talking about the BEST public transit globally! 🌐

      I’ve got some insights that might spark your interest. If you’re on board, let’s create a petition. I’m more than happy to lend a virtual hand to help achieve your goals.

      First things first, let’s recap the positive vibes from you all. Then, I’ll throw in my idea.

      Community Comments on the Great Redwood Trail:

      Positive Comments:

      1️⃣ Heritage and Nostalgia:
      Rick Rexrode shares mixed feelings about the rail line’s historical significance, highlighting family heritage, maintenance tales, and his grandfather’s role.

      2️⃣ Environmental and Economic Appeal:
      Some of you have given the thumbs up for the railbanking idea, citing its appeal for outdoor activities, eco-friendliness, and potential economic growth. You see the trail as a tourism and economic booster.

      3️⃣ Balancing Rail and Trail:
      Stick and Bindle sees the benefits of both heavy rail for gravel transport and a nature trail. They advocate for considering positive aspects like tourism, job creation, and the low carbon footprint of rail transport.


      We need jobs, transportation democracy, and climate-adaptive infrastructure.

      Guys, Lake Tahoe’s ecosystem is getting hammered with overtourism. We can’t let “Fort Homeless” suffer the same fate. Traffic is stressing out my grandparents there.

      We need tourists spread across rural Mendocino and Humboldt counties.

      Here’s my idea: Why not make that “100-foot-wide corridor” triple-purpose?
      Turn it into a two-lane inter-county light rail train (like San Diego’s “trolley” from downtown to Mexico) and a paved trail.

      Build a fence between the two. The light rail must be electric-powered.

      Have stations, with Wi-Fi, at villages along the way.

      Building only a trail is a bad idea because you’ll need parking lots for cars. The more light rail, the better. With Sonoma and Marin already running inner-city light rail, the connectivity would be near seamless.

      Pinoli talks about green travel but fails to mention the vast distance between the towns and villages of rural Mendo and Humboldt. Few people will regularly use such a trail.

      Getting hillbilly Mendo country into the 21st century with light rail will create thousands of jobs. No one wants to navigate 999+ curves to Fort Bragg or drive 4 hours to Eureka. That’s more fun on light rail where you can walk around, take pictures, use Wi-Fi, do work, etc.

      As for tourism – do you think tourists will rent a car and pay a lot for gas to drive to the middle of nowhere to see tall trees? Maybe some… if you want to stimulate the Mendo/Humboldt economy, you need clean, safe, easy public transportation. Why do you think Bangkok and San Diego are so popular? Hint: YOU DON’T NEED A CAR TO BE THERE!

      Let’s ditch car/truck culture and get back to our rail roots! If interested, contact me at

      We’ll discuss getting a petition about a two-lane, 100-foot wide corridor for bike/pedestrian trails and a forest light rail train for commuting & tourism.

      Rail is our heritage, built with hard work. 🚆

  5. 40,000 annual tons of gravel equal 400 rail car trips @ 100 tons per car. A simple equation Mr. Pinoli. But makes it clear. This will not fund any millions of dollars to restore rails. I remain available for any further budgeting assistance Mendocino Railway may require.

  6. Geopolitics beyond the County line do not seem to be of interest; may I make a suggestion?

    The railway assures Famine Hedge, as a robust link with the national railway network via Fairfield. Those following current rogue’s gallery of well-armed dictators are familiar with their explicit native language speeches targeting American food supply and distribution, using Cyberwarfare and Electro Magnetic pulse to disable solid state controls on communications, Financial transactions, Transport & utilities. Chinese strategic abilities to disable satellites is well known in military think tanks.

    We suffered significant loss with recent passing of Dr. Peter Vincent Pry; parties interested in the need for railway mode in near term challenges can reference Dr. Pry’s papers, along with Richard Clarke book “Cyberwarfare” and recent warnings from Victor Davis Hansen and Anthony Cordesman, respectively.

    It is downright unfortunate railroad operators like Mr. Pinoli seem to be the least well informed on strategic value of the railway mode going into a very dangerous period of Geopolitical competition with foreign adversaries with little regard for human life. S.M.A.R.T. governing board is likewise sadly unable to get their heads on straight to accomplish a simple repair on the Healdsburg Bridge bottleneck. Out in the real world, boys & girls, steel bridge rehab is effected by replacing rivets with high strength bolts, and placing stiffener plates over the joints where the new bolts are installed.

    Healdsburg bridge rail extension is integral with multiple rail improvements up & down the line, and one questions rail management competence enroute, whether agency like S.M.A.R.T. or operator like Mendocino Rail Co. respective abilities to carry on strategic thinking… A railway is a TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, not a cow for contractors and shareholders!


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