The North Pacific Coast Railroad (NPC) was a common carrier narrow gauge railroad in the northern California counties of Marin and Sonoma that carried redwood lumber, local dairy and agricultural products, express and passengers. The NPC operated almost of track that extended from a pier at Sausalito (which connected the line via ferry to San Francisco) and operated northwest to Duncans Mills and Cazadero (also known as Ingrams).
The NPC was sold to the North Shore Railroad on March 7, 1902. In 1907 the North Shore Railroad became part of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP). Southern portions of the line were standard gauged and electrified by the North Shore for suburban passenger service, though most of the trackage north of San Rafael remained gauge until abandonment in the late 1930s.
All of the NPC trackage has been abandoned either by the NPC or the NWP. Some of the original right of way can be seen at the Samuel P. Taylor State Park near Fairfax, along the shore of Tomales Bay and Keyes Estuary and passenger depots remain in San Anselmo and Duncan Mills. One NPC steam locomotive, No.12 the "Sonoma," remains as a restored static exhibit in its circa 1870s appearance at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.
Mileposts conform to Southern Pacific Railroad convention of distance from San Francisco
|1||Baldwin Locomotive Works||2-6-0||1873||3495||sold to White Lumber Company 1876|
|2||Mason Machine Works||0-4-4T||1874||537||burned at Tomales 1905 & rebuilt became NWP #89|
|3||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1875||3722||became NWP #83|
|4||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1874||3629||wrecked 1894 & rebuilt became NWP #81|
|5||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1875||3703||dismantled by 1897|
|6||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1874||3664||leased to Dollar Lumber Company in 1903|
|7||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1875||3721|
|8||Mason Machine Works||0-6-6T||1877||584||burned at Tomales 1905|
|9||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1875||3749||wrecked 1894|
|10||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1876||3840||sold 1895 Guatemala Western #1|
|11||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1876||3842||became NWP #82|
|12||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1876||3843||sold 1879 Nevada Central #5 (preserved at California State Railroad Museum)|
|13||Baldwin Locomotive Works||2-6-0||1883||6611||became NWP #195|
|14||Brooks Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1891||1885||became NWP #92|
|15||Brooks Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1891||1886||became NWP #90|
|16||Brooks Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1894||2421||became NWP #91|
|17||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1875||3749||NPC 1894 rebuild of wreck-damaged #9 wrecked again in 1900|
|18||Brooks Locomotive Works||4-6-0||1899||3418||reputedly the largest gauge locomotive in the world when built became NWP #145 then #95|
|20||NPC Sausalito shop||4-4-0||1900||1||became NWP #84|
|21||NPC Sausalito shop||4-4-0||1901||2||cab-forward rebuild of #5 scrapped 1905|
|22||Baldwin Locomotive Works||4-4-0||1874||3664||former #6 returned from Dollar Lumber Company|
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