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In 2009, after eight years of inactivity, contractor Balfour Beatty began rehabilitating 62 miles of the Northwestern Pacific from Lombard to Windsor. With a GP35 on lease from the Willamette Valley Railroad, trains of new ties and ballast made their way up and down the line. Once the emergency order was lifted by the Federal Railroad Administration in July 2011, revenue freight was once again plying the rails of the Redwood Empire. Traffic has increased slowly, however many businesses in Sonoma county have expressed interest in shipping by rail, and the new NWP has plans to reach Willits by 2014. In any case, trains have returned to the north bay, hopefully for good.
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