Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July, 2020 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- July 1, 2020

I just put the July, 2020 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Birmingham Central Tramways steam engine and driving gear -- elevation. Source: Tramways: Their Construction and Working, Embracing a Comprehensive History by Daniel Kinnear Clark
2. A ten year update about the Birmingham Central Tramways Company. Includes contemporary magazine items
3. Added News update about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the planned return of Muni Metro service. Updated some pages with information about closures: San Francisco Municipal Railway, Kansas City Streetcar, Angels Flight, the Great Orme Tramway and two Cliff Lifts

Ten years ago this month (July, 2010):
1. Picture of the Month: Birmingham Central Tramways Company's single-jaw side grip.
2. On the UK page: The Birmingham Central Tramways Company, which operated cable trams until 1911
3. Also on the UK page: an 1897 article by William Newby Colam on the Conversion of Edinburgh, Leith and Portobello Horse Tramways Systems Into Cable Traction
4. On the Who page: Thanks to John Colam, a cousin, a photo and biographical information about engineer William Newby Colam, who was involved with several UK cable tramways. Also engineers Edward Pritchard and Joseph Kincaid, who designed and built the Birmingham Central Tramways Company's cable tram line.
5. Added News item about an effort to revive the Mount Beacon Incline Railway

Twenty years ago this month (July, 2000):
1. Picture of the Month: State Street, Chicago at night
2. Roll out page with excerpt from "South of the Slot" by Jack London.
3. Add State Street at night postcard to Chicago page
4. Add more information about Portland Cable Trams Inc to Melbourne page. Add thanks to Bruce McMillan for the information
5. Add link to John Smatlak's Railway Preservation Resources page
6. Add photo of Benjamin Brooks to Who page

Coming in August: On the Cable Car Lines in San Francisco page: A series of photos that were hand-colored by Charles Smallwood

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

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