Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Caltrans Hates Pacifica -- August 4, 2015


Monday afternoon my wife called me at work and said that Highway One was blocked after Sharp Park.  It took her an hour to get through and people were driving crazily.  She saw a school bus make a U-turn at a freeway entrance. 

When I went home, it took over two hours to go from Manor to Vallemar.  The right lane southbound was coned off just after Sharp Park.  When I went by, a crew was pouring asphalt between Vallemar and Fassler. 

A poor guy in an ice cream truck took off his seat belt, grabbed a bottle of water and poured it over his radiator grille.  I took the opportunity to move to the left lane. 

There were no policemen or Highway Patrol officers directing traffic.  They could have helped at the merge and at Edgemar where people were trying to merge in from both sides of the road. 

The work finished late last night, in part because of an accident during the day and because the asphalt trucks couldn't get through the traffic. 

Later we learned that Caltrans notified the city of Pacifica about the work Monday night, after the lane had been closed all day.  Some idiot had misplaced the email.  Caltrans planned to do a northbound lane today.  Mayor Karen Ervin persuaded them not to do it. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

E-Embarcadero Debut -- July 31, 2015


Muni, with the cooperation of the Market Street Railway, inaugurated its new E-Embarcadero line.  It will run from Jones and Beach to the Caltrain Station at Fourth and King.  It can only run with double-ended cars because there is no loop at the Caltrain terminal.  The two Blackpool boat trams, shown at the 2013 Heritage Festival, were there for the inauguration today, but won't run on the line because Muni operates them as single-enders.  At present, the line will only run on weekends. 

Congratulations to the Market Street Railway for the years of hard work to get this line going. 

Muni operated the original E-Union line.

News of the Week July 31, 1915 -- July 31, 2015


The 31-July-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Scenes of devastation caused by cyclone at Cincinnati, Ohio.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  A big storm on June 24 caused damage throughout the Midwest. 

"Harry K. Thaw after jury has declared him sane.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  Harry Kendall Thaw was the son of a rich industrialist.  Harry had mental problems.  On 25-June-1906 he murdered architect Stanford White, who had been involved with Evelyn Nesbit, Thaw's wife, who had been a chorus girl and a model.  Thaw's attorney had him declared legally insane, which was not a stretch.  The caption may contain a typo, or this was after Thaw's mother wanted to go with temporary insanity so the family would not be stigmatized. 


"'Little' Billy McCarthy, one year old and weighing 85 pounds.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  I couldn't find anything about the poor kid. 

"Lindy Lee, said to be a perfect specimen of Chimpanzee, stars as a motion picture actor.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   I couldn't find anything about the poor chimp, either. 


"Locomotives wrecked to amuse crowd at Emeryville, Calif.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   In 1896, William George Crush came up with the idea of staging a head-on collision of two locomotives to create a spectacle.  Scott Joplin composed "Great Crush Collision March" in honor of the first attempt, in Texas.  I think this collision took place as part of a Fourth of July celebration. 

"The railroad starts a campaign for protecting the public at Long Island City, N. Y.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The Long Island Railroad posted signs warning people to stop, look and listen at railroad crossings.  Operation Lifesaver carries on the work today. 

This is the first week that has not included any stories about World War One. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Giants vs Brewers -- July 29, 2015


Today we went to our first game this season at ATT Park.  Jake Peavy pitched well, but left with the game tied 0-0.  The Giants scored five runs in the 7th to take the game 5-0.  We got to see Nouri Aoki in person for the first time.  The weather was warm, but we were up under the overhang, so it was comfortable. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Napa Valley Wine Train -- July 27, 2015


Sunday my wonderful wife and I took a nice ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train as a late anniversary celebration. We splurged and rode in the dome car. The service was good, the food was great and the scenery was beautiful. Here is a shot of Alco (Montreal Locomotive Works) FPA-4 73 backing onto the train at Saint Helena. They run two locomotives back-to-back from Napa to Saint Helena. Then the engines run around to the other end of the train for the return trip. The locomotives made the same Alco burbling noise as the SF Belt Line locomotives, but they don't belch big clouds of black smoke because they burn compressed natural gas.

More to come on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains page: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

Saturday, July 25, 2015

New Cat #21 -- July 25, 2015


I took the photo on 22-July-2015.  Click on the image to see a larger version. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

News of the Week July 24, 1915 -- July 24, 2015


The 24-July-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Liberty Bell starts for the Panama Fair.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   This caption is with the wrong photo.  It belongs with the one in the lower right-hand corner.  San Francisco school children raised money and persuaded Philadelphia to allow the Liberty Bell to travel to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. 

"U. S. S. Wyoming passing under Brooklyn Bridge.   Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Dreadnought battleship USS Wyoming (BB-32) later served with the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet.  She trained many gunners who served during the Second World War. 


"Cornell beats Leland Stanford University in rowing championship race.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The Cornell crew defeated Stanford at Poughkeepsie on 04-July-1915. 

"Firearms taken from prisoners in Chicago police stations thrown into the lake.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   I hope this doesn't cause people to go diving. 


"Heavy storm leaves toll of death in Cincinnati.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   A big storm on June 24 caused damage throughout the Midwest. 

"Observation train at Cornell race.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  This caption belongs with the photo in the upper left-hand corner.  Rowing fans watch the race at Poughkeepsie from stands built on railroad cars.