Thursday, April 1, 2021

April, 2021 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- April 1, 2021


The Cable Car Home Page will be 25 years old in November.

I just put the April, 2021 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: A 1974 United Airlines ticket jacket. (Source: SFO Museum Collection, Gift of Thomas G. Dragges, 2011.051.329)
2. On the Kitsch page: Two more TWA posters; A puzzle; two patches; two stamp cachets; a Giants World Series pin
3. On the Cable Car Models page: The Metal Earth Model
4. Added News item about the potential return of the cable cars
5. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to shelves of toy cable cars.

Ten years ago this month (April, 2011):
1. The picture of the month: A menu cover from the San Francisco Cable Car Room on Western Pacific's California Zephyr.

2. On the Kitsch page: A photo of shelves of toy cable cars; a Hard Rock Cafe pin; an Avon after shave bottle; a Starbucks gift card, a 1947 membership card from the Citizens' Cable Car Committee; a menu cover from the Western Pacific's California Zephyr Cable Car Room; more pictures of toy cable car 28; and a mysterious silver ingot

3. On the Who page: On the Cable Car Models page, a model of a California Street cable car by OcCre; another view of a Lefton model of a Cleveland grip car

4. On the Cal Cable page: Thank you to Mike Coppack of the Poway-Midland Railroad, I made a correction of some dates on that page and added information about their Car 17, which is under restoration

5. Added News and Bibliography items about Powell Street outages

6. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to front view of Number 28.

Twenty years ago this quarter (Spring, 2001):
1. Picture of the Quarter: Will Clark riding on cable car

2. Add more items to the Kitsch page, including stamps and magazine advertisements.

3. Add Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1880-1884) to the Miscellany page.

4. Update How Do Cable Cars Work? page. Changed images to thumbnails. Added girder rail image from Randy Hees and other new images.

5. Bob Murphy provided a photograph of the Gertrude Street Cable Winding House, which I added to the Melbourne article. Peter Vawser provided additional information about Melbourne cable tramways.

6. Add links to Kavanaugh Transit site, North American Vintage Trolley Systems and many others.

7. Add News and Bibliography items about a truck knocking down Seattle's Iron Pergola.

8. Add News and Bibliography items about Angel's Flight runaway accident. Also updated the Los Angeles Area Funiculars page.

9. Move Kalakala article to my ferry web site.

10. Change toy cable car picture on the main page to car 51.

11. Move "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American (courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich) to another server.

Coming in May, 2021: On the Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: On the Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A ten year update on Cincinnati's Vine Street Cable Railway.

100 years ago this month:

Financially strapped United Railroads was reorganized as the Market Street Railway

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2021)
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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