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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

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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:


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:,2471125


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


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:

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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