Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Oakland Cable Car Tragedy -- March 31, 2009

I don't usually use this blog to plug my cable car website, but this month I rolled out a set of newspaper stories that I found very interesting. On 04-December-1894, this Oakland Cable Railway car was on Broadway headed towards the Creek Route ferry landing. As it crossed the Southern Pacific tracks on Seventh Street, a local train headed towards the Oakland Pier hit the cable car. There were only two passengers aboard. A 22-year-old school teacher was killed. Her fiancee was seriously injured. The stories tell a lot about how the cable car line was operated and how people looked at Southern Pacific.

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