Monday, July 1, 2019

July, 2019 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- July 1, 2019

I just put the June, 2019 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Car 16 on Powell at Sutter. It was built by Carter Brothers to support Sacramento/Clay service to the Midwinter Fair. September 2001. Photo by Joe Thompson.
2. A ten and twenty year update on Henry Casebolt's experimental overhead cable car line
3. Rolled out the new San Francisco 1894, the Midwinter Fair page

Ten years ago this month (July, 2009):
1. Picture of the Month: Henry Casebolt's patent drawing for his overhead cable car line
2. On the Other California Cities page: More about the San Diego Cable Railway, including new images and Light Cable Road Construction, a paper written by Frank Van Vleck, who designed and built the line
3. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, photos of new Powell Street car 15 with a fresh coat of yellow paint.
4. June, 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the return of the cable cars after the 1982-1984 reconstruction. Added a new banner pointing to San Francisco: Cable Cars Are Here to Stay by Val Lupiz and Walter Rice
5. On the Cable Car Video page:
-- Powell Street car 3 signed as a training car
-- Powell Street car 5 inbound on Powell from Pine to Bush
-- Powell Street car 25, in its bright red paint, passes the Saint Francis Hotel
-- An F Line view of 1007 in the livery of Philadelphia's Red Arrow Lines
-- An F Line view of 1818, the green Milan car
6. Added News and Bibliography items about the upcoming 47th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest. Also about the 25th anniversary of the return and an obituary for Levit Chavez, who worked in the Cable Car Division.

Twenty years ago this month (July, 1999):
1. Picture of the Month: Converted San Diego Cable Railway car.
2. Roll out San Diego Cable Railway on the Other California Cities page
3. Add link to new French site about cable cars. The third site on the web.
4. Add Scott Ostler column about turntable problems to the bibliography

Coming in August, 2019: On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Mount Lowe incline

125 years ago, on 02-July-1894, San Francisco granted Adolph Sutro a franchise for the Sutro Railroad, which would connect Central Avenue with the Cliff House area, breaking the Market Street Railway's monopoly.

125 years ago, on 04-July-1894, San Francisco's California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 closed with San Francisco Day

100 years ago, on 01-July-1919, the Edinburgh Corporation took over operation of the city's tramways and soon began to convert the cable lines to electric traction.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2019)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2019)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2018)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)

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