Sunday, November 1, 2020

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

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

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Ten years ago, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series for the first time since moving to San Francisco in 1958. One window of Car 28 exhorted Giants' rookie catcher Buster Posey.
2. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable car 28 decorated for the Baseball Postseason. Ten year anniversary.
3. Added News items about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a newly discovered section of Cal Cable conduit

Ten years ago this month (November, 2010):
1. The picture of the month: Fear the Beard -- A decorated window on Powell/Mason Car 28

2. On the UK page: A new article about the City and South London Railway, the first successful tube railway, which planned to use cable traction. I found some nice illustrations of the system as it was built

3. Added more about J M Thompson (no relation), who was involved in promoting and building cable car lines in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon to the Who page: His full name, a photo, and a brief biographical sketch from the Street Railway Journal

4. On the How page: A photo of a Washburn and Moen wagon used to deliver cables in San Francisco

5. Added News item about a 60 Minutes report about the 1906 movie A Trip Down Market Street. I updated my own page about the film with a 29-March-1906 newspaper article about the Miles Brothers requesting permission to make the movie.

Twenty years ago this month (Fall, 2000):
1. Picture of the Quarter: Geary and Market

2. Roll out Excerpts From The Octopus page.

3. Join more webrings: Funicular, Trolley & Interurban, Tram, and International Transportation.

150 years ago this month:

On 15-November-1870, the failed West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway in New York City was sold at auction

125 years ago this month:

On 11-November-1895, the Market Street Railway discontinued its Ellis Street line.

75 years ago this month:

On 10-November-1945, an O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde car was forced to stop behind a stalled auto near Lombard. The cable car lost its grip on the cable and ran away backwards down the hill. There were no passengers on the car. Unable to regain control, Gripman EJ Howard and conductor EC Steffen jumped. The car ran a block past the end of the track at Beach and hit the South End Rowing Club.

Coming in December: On the Decorated Cable Cars page: On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A ten year update on the Giants' 2010 World Series victory parade

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2020)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2019)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)

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