Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February, 2022 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- February 1, 2022

I just put the February 2022 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Powell Street cable car 524 at the Chicago Railroad Fair. From the 03-Aug-1949 San Francisco News: "Two thousand miles removed from its regular route, a San Francisco cable car is being operated by Western Pacific at the Chicago Railroad Fair. The car carries capacity loads up a steep incline to return to a turn-table the replica of the one at Market St., San Francisco" (Source: San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, AAC-8005).
2. On the Chicago page: A ten and twenty-year update about Powell Street cable car 524 at the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair
3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A list of cars decorated for Chinese New Year 2022. No photos yet.
4. Added News items about the COVID-19 pandemic and cars being decorated to celebrate the Lunar New Year

Ten years ago this month (February, 2012):
1. Picture of the Month: Birmingham cable tram 104. Thank you to John Perkin
2. On the UK page: More about the Birmingham Central Tramways Company, thanks to John Perkin. Also an 1887 Street Railway Journal article and an item from an 1890 Baedeker guide
3. Added News item about newly rebuilt car 26

Twenty years ago this month (February, 2002):
1. Picture of the Month: Car 24, formerly 524.
2. Add Chicago West Divsion, a short-lived experimental implementation, to the Chicago page
3. Add 524 at the Fair, about San Francisco cable car 524's visit to the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair to the Chicago page
4. Add more photos to the Chicago page
5. Add books Mind the Curve and Halfway to the Stars, article about decline in ridership, and obituary for Raymond McCann to Bibliography.
6. Archive Nov 2001 What's New. Split What's New archive onto separate page.

Coming in March, 2022:
On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page:
More about the experimental cable car installation on Newark's Essex Passenger Railway and Newark and Irvington Street Railway.

50 years ago this month (February, 1972):
February 26 - A loose strand on the Powell Street line caused four cars to pile up at the Market Street turntable.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
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