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Problems with Firefox?
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I think some of the others in the group, like me have had issues with FireFox lately.  The two big items are that Adobe Flash crashes all the time freezing the browser and things like the slideshow…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Peterich Oct 4, 2012.

Runaway Engine at Brazos
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Out of curiosity----what's the story on the Runaway Engine tanking a dive at the Brazos bridge?  I'd love to know more about the story behind it.Jon HeitContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Burns Feb 1, 2012.

Finally some blade answers
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Napa Register finally has an article on the turbine blades.  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Heit Sep 6, 2011.

 

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Jon Heit replied to Patrick hellen's discussion Railroad crossing Sonoma Creek bridge (looking for pictures) Schellville
"Boy, egg on my face.   That depot was in Kenwood, not Glen Ellen.  I think the building that was the Depot at the entrance to Sonoma Mission Inn is Boyes Hot Springs a bit farther north than El Verano. jh"
Apr 19
Jon Heit replied to Patrick hellen's discussion Railroad crossing Sonoma Creek bridge (looking for pictures) Schellville
"Hello fellows.  Jon Heit here, still around since 2012.  I was reading the posts again and I pulled out my 1936 map.  If it's of any help, on the west side of Sonoma Creek, going towards Santa Rosa, the stops on the SP were Agua…"
Apr 19
Jon Heit commented on David L ILLICH's photo
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nwptib

"FWIW, the old ATSF hinge lift units/pier are still there in some degree of dilapidation at both PIer 50 1/2 and also at Point Richmond.  Checked on both of them last summer. Jon"
Jul 8, 2014
Jon Heit commented on Andrew F. Laverdiere's photo
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Southern Pacific RR Santa Rosa station

"Ebay has one of these for sale and the seller says circa 1910 on the photo. Jon"
Jul 5, 2013
Jon Heit commented on Chad Gustafson's photo
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Shellville MOW

"Thanks Mike, that aerial answers a lot of questions.  I had always thought the crossing was of the original SP line, but I see from that photo, that after the 1929 or so 'merger', that WYE connector from NB NWP to WB SP line was added…"
Jul 3, 2013
Jon Heit commented on Chad Gustafson's photo
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Shellville MOW

"Chad:Is that the old SP track across East 8th St going E/W or is that Highway 12/121 crossing N/S? Jon"
Jul 1, 2013
Jon Heit commented on Roger Graeber's video
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Amtrak To The Nascar Race By Train on Northwestern Pacific RR

"Couple of observations.  1.  Does anyone else cringe at the condition of the rail in the first 1/2 of the video?  Eek!!  I know those are all those ancient sections of rail that fit on old flat bed cars, and I guess they handle…"
Jun 30, 2013
Jon Heit replied to Chad Gustafson's discussion SMART to Napa?
"I've seen this BART map before, I get such a kick out of it.  Money aside to develop such a network, do note that some of those connections have been developed (example VTA Light Rail lines, CalTrain...) on other systems----but that entire…"
Jun 29, 2013
Jon Heit replied to Chad Gustafson's discussion NWP/Amtrak/NASCAR Train Aproved
"The Sonoma Raceway site shows the train, 500 seats, is now sold out.  That's great, means they will be motivated to do this again in future. jon"
Jun 21, 2013
Jon Heit replied to Chad Gustafson's discussion NWP/Amtrak/NASCAR Train Aproved
"Thanks a bunch Jeff, I really appreciate it---I'd so like to make that part of the trip from Suisun to the track. jh"
Jun 16, 2013
Jon Heit replied to Chad Gustafson's discussion NWP/Amtrak/NASCAR Train Aproved
"Jeff:Can you give us some more details?  When are the pickup times in Davis and Suisun?  When do they expect to be at Sear's Point?  Does the train sit there all day and then it returns whenever the races are over or do they have…"
Jun 16, 2013
Jon Heit replied to Chad Gustafson's discussion NWP/Amtrak/NASCAR Train Aproved
"Do we know any of the running times yet?  Cap Corridor just sent the official email today, May 10 and they talk about the $199/head package deal, but still no timetable.  Anyone know more? Jon Heit"
May 10, 2013
Jon Heit commented on Jordan's photo
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Portal to San Fransisco and the NWP

"For anyone interested in these RR Ferries and barges in the ATSF case, the ATSF RR Historical Society publishes a quarterly called WarBonnet.  In 2011 they did an extensive look at the "Santa Fe Navy" including the piers at Tiburon,…"
Dec 22, 2012
Jon Heit commented on Jordan's photo
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Portal to San Fransisco and the NWP

"Tiburon Remnants----the Depot is there and is the local Historical Museum.  It has a model of the Tiburon RR yard in its heyday.  You can see the 2 large pilings from the lift/hinge just offshore.  The original big pulleys from the…"
Dec 18, 2012
Jon Heit commented on Jordan's photo
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Portal to San Fransisco and the NWP

"Or is that actually the Point Richmond ATSF ferry lift? Jon Heit"
Dec 18, 2012
Jon Heit commented on Jordan's photo
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Portal to San Fransisco and the NWP

"Is that Pier 41 (State/SF Belt RR) near the Maritime museum, or is that Pier 50 south of ATT Park?  I've been wanting to commute into SF and take a look at the old ATSF Pier 50 lift before the finally remove it as they plan on big renewal…"
Dec 18, 2012

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At 12:10pm on May 22, 2011, Dave S. said…

Jon:  I was intrigued by your question to Mark concerning the BART tube section being towed in the photograph dated April 28, 1968 in the following SFGATE article:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/parenting/detail?entry_id=89149

 

There seems to be a wide range of opinions as to where those tubes were manufactured and which bridge that particular section is passing through:

http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?4,2471125

 

but I think I have the definitive answer here (search for Napa)

http://sonic.net/~mly/www.geolith.com/bart/

 

I'm fairly confident that those tube sections were fabricated at the Kaiser Steel plant in Napa (which became Napa Pipe, but now closed for several years), and floated down the Napa river through the Brazos draw bridge, which is now a lift span.

 

The Brazos bridge was the site of two separate runaway train incidents over the years.  I used to have a newspaper clipping of the incident in the 1950's, but I didn't even know about the one in 1983 until today.  Both are mentioned here:
http://www.nilesdepot.org/niles/wreck.html

At 9:46am on May 20, 2011, Mark Drury said…
Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Jon! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. We're adding content daily and actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury
 
 
 

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