Subject: (tan) October, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the October, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: The Chicago City Railway's Wabash/Cottage Grove Avenue cable trains carry crush loads of passengers to Chicago Day at the World's Columbian Exposition on 09-October-1893. (source: The Scientific American, January 27, 1894).
2. On the Chicago page, a new article about the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, which provided lots of business for the city's cable cars.
3. On the San Francisco page: A ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill Railroad, including contemporary newspaper articles
4. On the Who page: Added an article about Gustav Sutro, who was president of the Omnibus Railroad and the Telegraph Hill Railroad.
5. On the Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway page: An 1882 ad for Baldwin Steam Motors.
6. On the Presidio and Ferries Railway page: An 1882 ad for Seaside Gardens, "Presidio -- Terminus of Union-street Cable Road."
7. Added News, Roster and Chronology items about Muni's 2018 Heritage Weekend
8. Added News and Chronology items about Powell/Mason bus substitution
9. Added News item about cable car fare collection audit.

Ten years ago this month (October, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: After spending 30 years in San Quentin, Agglestein (Agustín) Castro sees cable cars for the first time and asks "Are those the automobiles?"
2. A new installment of Val Lupiz's column Tales From the Grip: "Rookie Bites"
3. On the San Francisco page: "Lost To The World For Thirty Years", a 1901 newspaper article about Agglestein (Agustín) Castro, who returned to San Francisco after spending 30 years in San Quentin
4. Also on the San Francisco page: Added a description of the Telegraph Hill Railroad from a travel book
5. Added a News item about a newly developed cable car simulation
6. Added News and Bibliography items about a fatal accident on Powell Street

Twenty years ago this month (October, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: URR Valencia Street Car.
2. Add MSR photo to MSR page
3. Add article about Telegraph Hill Railroad to the SF Miscellany section
4. Add powered turntable suggestion to news & bibliography
5. Add new links to Melbourne page

125 years ago this month, on 13-October-1893, the Consolidated Electric Railway was purchased by the Los Angeles Railway

75 years ago this month, on 20-October-1893, the Court Flight, a funicular in Los Angeles, was damaged in a fire and went out of business

Coming in November, 2018: On the San Francisco page: A ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Fillmore Hill Counterbalance, which carried passengers up and down one of the steepest hills in the city.

On my Park Trains and Tourist Trains page: the 2018 Raifair at Ardenwood Historic Farm:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-August-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) September, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the September, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Crowds wait at the Haight and Stanyan Street entrance to Golden Gate Park. Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company car 6 from the Oak Street line stands at the terminal on Stanyan Street. The photo was taken between 1889 when the line opened and early 1894 when the car was renumbered. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp37.03316.jpg).
2. On the Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company page: A ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company, which built the last new cable car system in San Francisco. Includes contemporary newspaper articles.
3. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: An update about a project to restore a portion of Dunedin, New Zealand's Mornington Tramway to service. Also a News item
4. On the Who page: A new article about the late Joe Lacey, who contributed much to this website.
5. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: A newspaper article about an 1890 fire which harmed the Spokane Cable Railway
6. On the Other California Cities page: An 1891 newspaper article interviewing James Clifton Robinson about the Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway
7. On the Cable Car Lines in Colorado page: An update about the current status of the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway, a cog railroad

Ten years ago this month (September, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: A Clay Street Hill Railroad train climbs the hill in this woodcut from "The Cable Railway Company's System of Traction Railways for Cities and Towns"
2. New item: "The Cable Railway Company's System of Traction Railways for Cities and Towns": A promotional booklet published by the cable railway trust
3. On the Omnibus Railroad page: An 1890 advertisement for the company that made the elevator in the Tenth and Howard powerhouse.
4. On the Miscellany page: Cable-Driven Transit in Alaska, photos from a cruise we took in July. A funicular in Ketchikan and an aerial tramway in Juneau
5. Added News and Bibliography items about a California Street collision

Twenty years ago this month (September, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: Sacramento & Grant.
2. Move Omnibus Railroad to separate page. Add more information about the company. Add inline Union Hall picture.
3. Add 125th anniversary to news & bibliography
4. Add guest book
5. Add Section 16.100 of the San Francisco City Charter and current route map to the SF Miscellany section
6. Created news archive. Moved GSPO powerhouse & Mrs Klussman stories
7. Start moving back to subdirectories

125 years ago this month, on 01-September-1893, the Saint Paul City Railway's Seventh Street line was converted to electric traction

Coming in October, 2018: On the Chicago page: The 125th anniversary of Chicago Day at the World's Columbian Exposition.

Also Coming in October, 2018: on the San Francisco page: A ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill Railroad, a funicular which climbed Greenwich Street to the top of Telegraph Hill

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-August-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) September, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the September, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Crowds wait at the Haight and Stanyan Street entrance to Golden Gate Park. Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company car 6 from the Oak Street line stands at the terminal on Stanyan Street. The photo was taken between 1889 when the line opened and early 1894 when the car was renumbered. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp37.03316.jpg).
2. On the Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company page: A ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company, which built the last new cable car system in San Francisco. Includes contemporary newspaper articles.
3. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: An update about a project to restore a portion of Dunedin, New Zealand's Mornington Tramway to service. Also a News item
4. On the Who page: A new article about the late Joe Lacey, who contributed much to this website.
5. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: A newspaper article about an 1890 fire which harmed the Spokane Cable Railway
6. On the Other California Cities page: An 1891 newspaper article interviewing James Clifton Robinson about the Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway
7. On the Cable Car Lines in Colorado page: An update about the current status of the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway, a cog railroad

Ten years ago this month (September, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: A Clay Street Hill Railroad train climbs the hill in this woodcut from "The Cable Railway Company's System of Traction Railways for Cities and Towns"
2. New item: "The Cable Railway Company's System of Traction Railways for Cities and Towns": A promotional booklet published by the cable railway trust
3. On the Omnibus Railroad page: An 1890 advertisement for the company that made the elevator in the Tenth and Howard powerhouse.
4. On the Miscellany page: Cable-Driven Transit in Alaska, photos from a cruise we took in July. A funicular in Ketchikan and an aerial tramway in Juneau
5. Added News and Bibliography items about a California Street collision

Twenty years ago this month (September, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: Sacramento & Grant.
2. Move Omnibus Railroad to separate page. Add more information about the company. Add inline Union Hall picture.
3. Add 125th anniversary to news & bibliography
4. Add guest book
5. Add Section 16.100 of the San Francisco City Charter and current route map to the SF Miscellany section
6. Created news archive. Moved GSPO powerhouse & Mrs Klussman stories
7. Start moving back to subdirectories

125 years ago this month, on 01-September-1893, the Saint Paul City Railway's Seventh Street line was converted to electric traction

Coming in October, 2018: On the Chicago page: The 125th anniversary of Chicago Day at the World's Columbian Exposition.

Also Coming in October, 2018: on the San Francisco page: A ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill Railroad, a funicular which climbed Greenwich Street to the top of Telegraph Hill

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-August-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) August, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the August, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: At the corner of Montgomery and Washington, Presidio and Ferries customers transferred from Washington/Jackson horse cars to cable trains that ran out Columbus to Union and then out Union to Steiner. Photo circa 1890. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp26.335.jpg).
2. On the Presidio and Ferries Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Presidio and Ferries Railway, which built the first cable car line with a curve. Includes contemporary newspaper articles, an image of the Harbor View Baths and an 1881 real estate ad.
3. On the Other Cities page: Thanks to Bob Vennerbeck, a report on the rediscovery of a conduit from the Providence Cable Tramway. Also a News item.
4. On the Other Cities page: A ten year update on the Cable Tramway Company of Omaha, including a photo of Fred Drexel, one of the company's founders
5. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: I added That Brennan Girl, a film noir partly shot in San Francisco
6. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: Noted that the 2018 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest has been cancelled, but Muni "will be hosting some elements of the bell ringing event as part of Muni Heritage Weekend September 8-9.". Also added a News item.
7. On the Who page: Added an obituary for engineer Howard C Holmes

Ten years ago this month (August, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: "Ninth Street, Kansas City, Looking West from Walnut Street -- Drawn by Charles Graham." From the 07-Jun-1890 issue of Harpers Weekly.
2. On the Kansas City page: An 1889 magazine article by cable railway engineer Robert Gillham, who designed and built many of Kansas City's cable car lines, along with a brief biographical sketch
3. Added News and Bibliography items about a runaway Powell Street car

Twenty years ago this month (August, 1998):
1. The 125th Anniversary
2. Picture of the Month: Clay & Leavenworth.
3. Roll out three new pages: Who, Why, and a Site Map
4. Move Presidio & Ferries to separate page. Add more information about the company. Add inline 1906 & steam dummy pictures.
5. Add Powell/Post accident to news & bibliography
6. Finish changing link colors and adding height/width to all pictures

125 years ago this month, on 05-August-1893, San Francisco's Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company abandoned its Howard and 26th Street (blue) line

Also 125 years ago this month, on 13-August-1893, the The Southern Pacific Railroad formed San Francisco's Market Street Railway by combining all the cable car operating companies in the city except Sutter, California, Geary, and the Presidio and Ferries. It also included the Metropolitan Railroad, the second electric line in San Francisco.

Also 125 years ago this month, on 14-August-1893, San Francisco's Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company was taken over by the Market Street Railway

Also 125 years ago this month, on 20-August-1893, the Baltimore City Passenger Railway's Madison Avenue (White) line opened for service

50 years ago this month, on 22-August-1968, Jennifer (Foreman) de Grassi was named Miss Cable Car 1968

Coming in September, 2018: On the Omnibus Railroad & Cable Company page: A ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Omnibus Railroad and Cable Company, which built the last new cable car system in San Francisco.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) July, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the July, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Thanks to Mac Gardner, here is a future view of the temporary museum being built near the former terminal of Dunedin's Mornington Line. It will display two cable trams and a trailer. All rights reserved.
2. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: An update about a project to restore a portion of Dunedin, New Zealand's Mornington Tramway to service. Also a News item
3. Also on the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: A ten and twenty year update on the Melbourne Tramways & Omnibus Company, whose cable trams lasted until 1940. Added three illustrated items from the Melbourne Argus in the 1920s and 1930s.
4. On the Other Cities page: A ten year update on the Cable Tramway Company of Omaha, including a photo of Fred Drexel, one of the company's founders
5. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: Noted that the 2018 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest may be cancelled. Also added a News item. Found photos of three bell ringing contests and the name of the Miss Cable Car winners each year:
-- 1977 - Carl Payne, Miss Cable Car - Christine Patton
-- 1978 - Carl Payne, Miss Cable Car - Darlene Woodrich
-- 1979 - Michael McClure, Miss Cable Car - Jerri Seago
6. On the San Francisco page: The Transbay Transit Center Aerial Tram, San Francisco's latest overhead cable car line

Ten years ago this month (July, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: A diagram showing the screw-operated grip used on Rhode Island's Providence Cable Tramway.
2. On the Other Cities page: The Cable Tramway Company of Omaha, including a series of 1909 newspaper ads giving the history of public transit in Omaha
3. Added a new Chronology page: 2008-Today
4. Thanks to Harry Marnell and Ray Long: On the Los Angles Area Funiculars page, information about the ultimate fate of the cars from the Court Flight, which had been rumored to still exist
5. Added a photo of the 46th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
6. Added News and Bibliography items about an explosion at California and Drumm

Twenty years ago this month (July, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: Melbourne cable tram.
2. Roll out Other Cities page featuring Melbourne, Australia
3. Add News previews about bell ringing contest & 125th anniversary party

150 years ago this month, on 03-July-1868, Charles T Harvey tested his West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway in New York City

125 years ago this month, on 04-July-1893, the Mount Lowe Incline opened for service

Also 125 years ago this month, on 13-July-1893, the Denver Tramway Company's Colfax Avenue and 15th Street lines were converted to electric traction

Also 125 years ago this month, on 17-July-1893, In Sydney, the New South Wales Government Tramways extended its North Sydney line to Lane Cove Road (later Pacific Highway) at Crows Nest

Also 125 years ago this month, on 13-July-1893, the Baltimore City Passenger Railway's Charles Street (Blue) and Gay Street (Red) lines opened for service

Coming in August, 2018: On the Presidio and Ferries Railway page: A ten and twety year update on San Francisco's Presidio and Ferries Railway, which built the first cable car line with a curve.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) June, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the June, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: In November, 2011, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which controls the San Francisco Municipal Railway, put up some ads to celebrate Muni's distinctive features, like the cable cars, as part of Muni's upcoming centennial year.
2. On the San Francisco Municipal Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on the San Francisco Municipal Railway, the only remaining operator of Hallidie-type cable cars.
3. Added News item about Total Muni 2018, an effort to ride every Muni line in one day.

Ten years ago this month (June, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: A Val Lupiz photo of recently rebuilt Powell Street Car 25.
2. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, more photos of the rebuilt car 25 and the brand new Powell Street car 15. Reports about car 25 going into revenue service.
3. Added News and Bibliography items about car 25's return to service
4. On the Who page: A new article about Henry Root, the engineer who designed and built the California Street Cable Railroad, along with a new page of excerpts from his memoirs, Henry Root, Personal History and Reminiscences with Personal Opinions on Contemporary Events 1845-1921
5. On the Miscellany page: More excerpts from Poor's Directory of Railway Officials, 1887.
6. 08-June is the 100th anniversary of the return to service of the Sacramento/Clay line. I found 1908 article from the San Francisco Call: SACRAMENTO AND CLAY CABLE SERVICE RENEWED
7. Added results and videos of the 46th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

Twenty years ago this month (June, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: Washington & Mason.
2. Move SF Muni to separate page. Add more information about the company. Add inline W/M picture & move Hyde St Hill picture from roster page.
3. Add excerpt from Chapter One of McTeague to SF detail page.

125 years ago this month, on 10-June-1893, Oakland's Consolidated Piedmont Cable Company converted its Piedmont Avenue line to electric traction

Also 125 years ago this month, on 13-June-1893, the bankrupt Pacific Cable Railway (Los Angeles Cable Railway) was purchased at auction by the Consolidated Electric Railway

Coming in July, 2018: On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: A ten and twenty year update on the Melbourne Tramways and Omnibus Company, which operated cable trams until 1940

Also Coming in July, 2018: On the Other Cities page: A ten year update on the Cable Tramway Company of Omaha

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) May, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the May, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: In December, 2003 old Car 28, built for the Ferries and Cliff House Railway in 1887, turns on the motorized turntable in the barn at Washington and Mason before being put away. A California Street car pulls in behind it. Car 28 would retire the next month. In April, 2018, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency agreed to donate old car 28 to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, Connecticut as part of a deal that brought two electric streetcars to San Francisco.
2. On the Ferries and Cliff House Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on the Ferries and Cliff House Railway, whose lines survived the conversion to electric traction after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire because of their steep hills. Including some newspaper articles on the company's early years.
3. Added link to new cable car site
4. On the Roster page: Retired car Powell Street car 28 donated to the Shore Line Trolley Museum. Also a News item. Also refurbished car 11 makes its service debut and car 26 becomes 526 for a charter.
5. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: Muni historian Bob Callwell has shared an update to his article about the history of the contest: "The Annual Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest - A San Francisco Tradition." Also made a couple of corrections on the Bell Ringing Contest thanks to Bob.
6. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Car 24 decorated for the SF Giants' 60th anniversary opening day. Also a News item.
7. On the UK page: Added the water operated Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway to the Cliff Lifts article. Also an item about the landslip (landslide in the US) that closed the line for a while.
8. On the Other Cities page: Added a note about the closing of the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, Rhode Island. Also a News item.

Ten years ago this month (May, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: A Val Lupiz photo of new Powell Street Car 15, taken from a unique angle.
2. On the Miscellany page: A new article: Excerpts from Poor's Directory of Railway Officials, 1887. Also put items about particular transit companies on their pages.
3. On the More California Street Pictures page: Thanks to gripman Gordon Miller, photos of O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde Car 38 being moved in Lakeport, California
4. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, more photos of the rebuilt car 25 and the brand new Powell Street car 15
5. Added a News item about the date of the bell ringing contest
6. Added an article about Howard C Holmes, who designed and built the Ferries & Cliff House Railway, to the Who Was Important in the History of the Cable Car page
7. Added a banner and a review plugging Nick Tomizawa's excellent video The Feel of the Rope
8. Added a favicon.ico to the site

Twenty years ago this month (May, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: Powell & Post.
2. Move Ferries & Cliff House Railway to separate page. Add more information about the company and its steam dummy operations. Add Powell/Post, Powell/Geary & steam dummy pictures.

125 years ago this month, on 01-May-1893, The World's Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, providing increated business for all public transit companies in Chicago, but especially the Chicago City Railway

Also 125 years ago this month, on 01-May-1893, the Denver Tramway Company's Broadway line was converted to electric traction.

Also 125 years ago this month, on 01-May-1893, in New York City, the Metropolitan Street Railway's Broadway line opened for service.

Also 125 years ago this month, on 06-May-1893, in New York City, a car of the Metropolitan Street Railway's Broadway line ran away.

Coming in June, 2018: On the San Francisco Municipal Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on the San Francisco Municipal Railway, the only remaining operator of Hallidie-type cable cars.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) April, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the April, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: The first crossing between two Hallidie-type cable car lines, at Geary and Larkin Streets. A Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway train is on the left. Two trains of the Sutter Street Railway's Larkin Street line are on the tracks running towards the camera. The Larkin Street line was superior (did not have to drop the rope) because it was there first. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp27.02535.jpg).
2. On the Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on the Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway, one of the most financially successful companies in the cable railway industry, and one of the small number of cable railways which survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Including some newspaper articles on the company's early years.
3. On the Who page: New article about Reuben Morton, founder and superintendant of the Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway
4. On the Kitsch page: a special Muni Pee Chee folder; a 1964 Venture Magazine cover; a 1950s Chevy Bel Air ad; a postal cover for the 125th anniversary of the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway; a 2017 Giants Cable Car Replica; Christmas ornaments from Pier 39;
5. Added News items about cost of cable car rides and Val Lupiz' new online shop where he is selling his photographs.
6. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to detail view of the right-hand side of toy cable car 514.

Ten years ago this month (April, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: A Chicago gentleman, taken in wine, has gone to sleep on the safety fender of a Madison Street cable car
2. On the Miscellany page: A new page about Cable Car Models
3. On the Kitsch page: A menu from the Buena Vista Cafe. Another Italian charm and a zipper pull charm. A Planet Hollywood pin. An ashtray made in occupied Japan. A cable car-shaped telephone.
4. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, more photos of the rebuilt car 25 and the brand new Powell Street car
5. Added a News item about a car appearing in a currently-shooting movie
6. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added Walk a Crooked Mile
7. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to a detail view of Number 504 with standing figures.
8. Added new item on the Why page about this site moving from AOL to GeoCities
9. Added new Ten Years Ago section

Twenty years ago this month (April, 1998):
1. Moved site from AOL to GeoCities.
2. Picture of the Month: Geary St/Central Ave.
3. Moved Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway to its own page
4. Add current fare information to SF detail page.

125 years ago this month, on 14-April-1893, San Francisco's Ferries and Cliff House Railway sent Clay Street Hill Railroad grip car 8 and trailer 1 to the upcoming World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Also 125 years ago this month, on 29-April-1893, The Orange Mountain Cable Railway, a funicular in Orange, New Jersey, opened for service

Coming in May, 2018: On the Ferries and Cliff House Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on the Ferries and Cliff House Railway, whose lines survived the conversion to electric traction after the 106 Earthquake and Fire because of its steep hills.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) March, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the March, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: A conductor and a gripman pose with a Sutter Street Railway train. I like the angle. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp27.4669.jpg).
2. A ten and twenty year update on Henry Casebolt's Sutter Street Railway, the cable car line which proved the technology could be profitable on a route with no big hills.
3. On the Who page: New articles about Robert F Morrow (Ambrose Bierce wrote a nasty poem about him.) and two of his associates, Maurice Schmitt and Joseph Naphtaly, who purchased the Sutter Street Railway from Henry Casebolt. Also an obituary for Henry Casebolt.
4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cars 25 and 57 decorated for Chinese New Year, 2018

Ten years ago this month (March, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: A Chicago gentleman, taken in wine, has gone to sleep on the safety fender of a Madison Street cable car
2. On the Chicago page: Two 1901 newspaper stories about Chicago cable cars. One is about love and the other is about drunkenness and safety fenders
3. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, a new section on the homecoming of Powell Street Car 25 and the delivery a brand new car
4. On the new Cable Car Video page:
-- California Street car 58 decorated for Christmas. Also on the Decorated Cable Cars page
-- Powell Street car 12 takes the pull curve inbound from Washington to Powell
-- Blue and Gold Powell Street cable car 16 runs inbound past the Saint Francis Hotel
-- California Street car 49, stuck on an upgrade, getting a push from an inspector
-- F Line views of San Francisco B-Type streetcar 130 and Melbourne W-2 class tram 496
-- A shot of the only jitney bus left in San Francisco

Twenty years ago this month (March, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: Sutter St/Temple Emanu El
2. Add news items about Fannie Mae Barnes and Carville survivor.
3. Move Sutter St Ry to separate page. Add more information about the company. Add Sutter/Temple Emanu El and Sutter St train pictures.
4. Add information about Benjamin Brooks to Clay St Hill page and add thanks to Phil Brooks for supplying it. Add newspaper article to bibliography.
5. Add more anniversaries.
6. Add link to Chicago Transit/Metra Railfan Page.

Coming in April, 2018: On the Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on the Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway, one of the most financially successful companies in the cable railway industry, and one of the small number of cable railways which survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) February, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the February, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Back in 2009, San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey contacted me. He was setting up a page on the Sheriff's Department website with an image of each sheriff who had served since the department was founded in 1850. One man he couldn't find was Henry L Davis, who served as sheriff from 1864-1867. I found not one but two woodcuts in digitized issues of the San Francisco Call. Henry L Davis was one of Andrew Smith Hallidie's partners in the Clay Street Hill Railroad. (Source: San Francisco Call, 26-April-1895).
2. On the Clay Street Hill Railroad page: A ten and twenty year update on Andrew S Hallidie's Clay Street Hill Railroad, the first successful cable car line. Includes images of two of Hallidie's principal investors and the man who built the powerhouse.
3. On the Who page: New articles about Andrew S Hallidie's partners Joseph Britton, Henry L Davis and James Moffitt. I'm still looking for an image of James Moffitt. Also a new article about William Sinon, who was one of the incorporators of the Clay Street Hill line and built the powerhouse.
4. On the California Street Cable Railroad page: We have leatned the fate of one of the Cal Cable cars which used to run at Knott's Berry Farm
5. On the Chronology page: Several accidents from the 1950s to the early 1990s
6. On the Horse Car Home Page: The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway on the Isle of Man issues a schedule for its 142nd season. Also News item
7. Also on the Horse Car Home Page: Thanks to Robert Mann, author of The Streetcars of Florida's First Coast, a new list of Horse Car Lines in Florida.
8. Added News item about the Western Neighborhood Project's Open House at its new home on Balboa Street.

Ten years ago this month (February, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: On the Horse Car Home Page: The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway on the Isle of Man issues a schedule for its 142nd season. Also News item
2. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Photos of cable cars decorated for the 2007 holidays

Twenty years ago this month (February, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: Carville
2. Add news items about Fannie Mae Barnes and Carville survivor.
3. Move Clay St Hill to separate page. Add Clay/Taylor and Clay/Leavenworth pictures.
4. Add link to Jon Bell's page.

125 years ago this month, on 20-February-1893, the failure of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway was one factor that led to the Panic of 1893, which damaged many cable car lines that relied on real estate promotions for traffic. The Panic, an economic depression, lasted until 1897

125 years ago this month, on 21-February-1893, a train of the Kansas City Cable Railway lost its grip on the great incline and ran away backwards. Five people were injured

100 years ago this month, on 21-February-1918, San Francisco's Twin Peaks Tunnel opened

Coming in March, 2018: On the Sutter Street Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on the Sutter Street Railway, the cable car line which proved the technology could be profitable on a route with no big hills.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) January, 2018 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the January, 2018 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: An image from the 16-March-1902 San Francisco Call shows the scene of the accident at Jones and Ellis Streets. On the left is the platform of the single-truck Jones Street shuttle cable car. On the right is a larger electic car, presumably 563. The kid staring at the camera is creepy.
2. On the California Street Cable Railroad page: "FOUR PERSONS ARE SEVERELY INJURED IN DOUBLE COLLISION AND CARS OF ELLIS AND JONES STREET ARE DAMAGED", a 1902 San Francisco Call article about a collision between a Jones Street shuttle cable car and an Ellis Street electric car Also a ten and twenty year update on the California Street Cable Railroad, San Francisco's last private operator of public transit.
3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cars 57 decorated for Christmas, 2017
4. Added News item about a threat to reduce the hours of service for the California Street line.
5. Added News and Chronology items about cable cars pausing to mark the death of Mayor Ed Lee

Ten years ago this month (January, 2008):
1. Picture of the Month: A An image from the 31-May-1903 "San Francisco Call" reconstructs the a collision between a Fillmore Street electric car and a Haight Street cable car
2. On the Market Street Railway page: "SCORES OF LIVES ARE ENDANGERED AND DEATH AVERTED BY A MIRACLE IN ACCIDENT ON TRACTION LINES", a 1903 San Francisco Call article about a collision between a Fillmore Street electric car and a Haight Street cable car
3. Added an article about the 2007 Cable Car Division Senior Luncheon to the San Francisco Miscellany page. I got to meet Barbara Davies Walsh, Miss Cable Car 1973
4. Added an article about Walter Rice to the Who Was Important in the History of the Cable Car page
5. Added a News and Bibliography item about an effort to rebuild the Mornington cable tram line, which had been abandoned in 1957, in Dunedin, New Zealand
6. Added Bibliography items about security guards looking for fare collection problems, a stoppage on the California Street line, and new the people who build new cable cars

Twenty years ago this month (January, 1998):
1. Picture of the Month: Yesler Way grip car.
2. Move Cal Cable to separate page. Add California & Grant pictures.

125 years ago this month, on 04-January-1893, the Oakland Cable Railway's horse-drawn Broadway/Telegraph Avenue line was converted to electric traction

Coming in February, 2018: On the Clay Street Hill Railroad page: A ten and twenty year update on the Clay Street Hill Railroad, the first successful cable car line.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2018)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-December-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) December, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the December, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: The cover of San Francisco's Transportation Octopus, the Market Street Railway of 1893, a new book by Emiliano Echeverria, Michael Dolgushkin and Walter Rice
2. On the Market Street Cable Railway page: A review of San Francisco's Transportation Octopus, the Market Street Railway of 1893, a new book by Emiliano Echeverria, Michael Dolgushkin and Walter Rice. Also a ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Market Street Cable Railway.
3. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page. On the Christmas on the Cables page, I added some cable car Christmas ornaments
4. On the Who page: Updated the article on Walter Rice, remembering him on the tenth anniversary of his passing. He made more contributions to this website and my education than I can list.
5. Added News and Chronology items about Powell Street car 22 returning to service after eight years
6. On the Cable Car Lines in Saint Louis page: A new article about the Loop Trolley, which is being tested

Ten years ago this month (December, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: A 1946 Charles L Reed Christmas cartoon from the December 1946 issue of "Trolley Topics", Muni's employees' newlsetter. Provided by Walter Rice, from the Tom Matoff collection
2. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page
3. On the Market Street Railway page: "MARKET STREET VIEWS STIR ORPHEUM PATRONS", a 1907 San Francisco Call article about what may have been the world premiere of the movie "A Trip Down Market Street"

Twenty years ago this month (December, 1997):
1. Change picture on initial page from Cal Cable train to Hyde St hill
2. Move SF Market St Cable Ry to separate page. Add links to old Ferry Building & file frame pictures
3. Roll out surviving cable car roster page

150 years ago this month, on 07-December-1867, the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway in Manhattan was first demonstrated.

25 years ago this month, on 05-December-1992, new Muni-built cars Nos. 13, 21, and 49 are dedicated.

Coming in January, 2018: On the California Street Cable Railroad page: A ten and twenty year update on the California Street Cable Railroad, San Francisco's last private operator of public transit.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-November-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) November, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the November, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: "PICKETERS dressed as a Gay Nineties dancer, fashion model, 'beatnik' and flapper board cable car to tell San Franciscans of McLendon's new good music station, KABL." (source: Sponsor, 20-June-1959)
2. On the Old-Time Radio Shows Which Feature Cable Cars page: New items about San Francisco Bay Area Radio Stations and The Owl Drug Company's jingle. Also an advertisement for station KNBC (was KPO, now KNBR) on San Francisco Radio City.
3. Added News and Chronology items about a decline in ridership blamed on the $7 fare

Ten years ago this month (November, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: An 1886 advertisement for the John Stephenson Company shows their first horse car, the John Mason of 1832, and their latest model.
2. On the Miscellany page: 26-November-2007 marks the 175th birthday of the Horse Car. Read a new article on its history -- An 11-March-1906 newspaper article about Michael Houlihan, who drove the URR's franchise-protecting horse car line on California Street -- A 29-July-1917 New York Times article about New York's last horse car

Twenty years ago this month (November, 1997):
1. Change picture on initial page from MSR open car to Cal Cable train.
2. Remove obsolete link to David Letterman in SF top ten lists.
3. Remove link JW Harris picture to conserve disk space.
4. Clean up some typos.

50 years ago this month, on 10-November-1967, the Cable Car Museum at Washington and Mason was dedicated.

Coming in December, 2017: On the San Francisco page: A review of San Francisco's Transportation Octopus, the Market Street Railway of 1893, a new book by Emiliano Echeverria, Michael Dolgushkin and Walter Rice. Also a ten and twenty year update on San Francisco's Market Street Cable Railway.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) October, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the October, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: A promo for the California Historical Radio Society's production of "The Cable Car Murder"
2. On the Old-Time Radio Shows Which Feature Cable Cars page: The California Historical Radio Society performed "The Cable Car Murder," an episode of Candy Matson, live onstage. Celeste Perry played Candy Matson.
3. On the California Street page: Added an 1895 newspaper article about a lawsuit concerning John Hammond's patent D21,042, for the design of the California-type car
4. Added News and Chronology items about new uniforms for Muni operators and a Cal Cable shutdown

Ten years ago this month (October, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: "In the Club Room" shows California Street Cable Railroad carmen in 1902, in the powerhouse at California and Hyde
2. On the Cal Cable page: "How The 'Grip' Arm is Trained", a 1902 San Francisco Call article about physical training and recreation for carmen
3. On the More Muni Photos page: A new section on Wreckers and Service Trucks, with photos of a California Street car having its grip changed and photos and videos two Powell Street cars being towed
4. Added News items about a cable unstranding on California Street and a new children's book
5. On the new Cable Car Video page:
-- Powell Street cars getting towed by the wrecker. Also on the More Muni Photos page
-- Cars pulling out from the car barn and other images from a visit I made. Also on the More Muni Photos page
-- F Line views of New Orleans 952 and the Blackpool Boat

Twenty years ago this month (October, 1997):
1. Change picture on initial page from Clay St Hill grip car to MSR open car
2. Add MSR open car link to SF detail page

125 years ago this month, on 14-October-1892, the San Diego Cable Railway stopped service and wo cars of Pittsburgh's Central Traction Company ran away and hit men marching in a political parade. Two people were killed and seven badly injured

Coming in November, 2017: On the San Francisco page: San Francisco radio ads with cable cars

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) September, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the September, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Susan Beltrand and Patrick Gregory get married on a cable car at Hyde and Beach.
2. On the San Francisco page: "Cable Car Wedding," a 1961 magazine item
3. On the Who page: Added gripman Albert E Ward, winner of the 1957, 1958 and 1959 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contests and the guy in the 1962 Rice-A-Roni commercial
4. Added news item about San Francisco's Transportation Octopus, the Market Street Railway of 1893, a new book by Emiliano Echeverria, Michael Dolgushkin and Walter Rice
5. Added News item about the return of Angels Flight
6. Added news item about a planned cable car shutdown.

Ten years ago this month (September, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: Powell Street car 2, with its front dash removed because of dry rot
2. On the More Muni Photos page: A new section on a visit I paid to the car barn with Val Lupiz. I took lots of photos and videos
3. On the UK page: London's Tower Subway, a cable-driven line which ran for a few months in 1870
4. On the new Cable Car Video page:
-- Cal cable car 56 going through the crossover at California and Drumm. Also on the How page
-- Cars pulling out from the car barn and other images from a visit I made. Also on the More Muni Photos page
-- Two more Powell/Market turntable shots
-- Melbourne W-2 tram 496 on the F Line

Twenty years ago this month (September, 1997):
1. Change picture on initial page from JW Harris to Clay St Hill grip car
2. Updates in SF detail page
3. Change link to Museum of SF to thank them for linking to this page

125 years ago this month, on 23-September-1892, cable traction pioneer Henry Casebolt died in San Francisco

Coming in October, 2017: On the San Francisco page: Muni Heritage Weekend 2017

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) August, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the August, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Edward J Lawless and his mustache.
2. On the Kansas City page: Personal Reminiscences of Early Cable Street Railway Work in Kansas City, MO by EJ Lawless, Street Railway Journal, October 15, 1900
3. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page, fixed obsolete video embedding code for the 2013 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest.
4. Added news item about revisions to the California Street inner terminal

Ten years ago this month (August, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: Looking up the 9th Street incline in Kansas City
2. On the new Kansas City page: An 1885 magazine article about the Kansas City Cable Railway, with an interesting description of the duplicate cable system
3. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: The 2007 results, reported by Val Lupiz. Also added News and Bibliography items
4. On the new Cable Car Video page:
-- Cal cable car 56 going through the crossover at California and Drumm. Also on the How page
-- Powell Street car 28 crossing California. Also on the How page
-- "A Trip Down Powell Street": taken from the back platform of Powell Street car 21
-- PCC 1052 and 1053 make the turn at Market and Steuart
-- PCC 1077, a recent arrival from Newark, runs along Market Stree
5. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added Foul Play

Twenty years ago this month (August, 1997):
1. Change picture on initial page from Powell & Sutter to JW Harris with Calif St grips
2. Add links to Powell & Sutter & JW Harris photos to the SF cable car lines in detail page.

125 years ago this month, on 02-August-1892, the Broadway/Piedmont Avenue line of Oakland's Consolidated Cable Company opened for service

125 years ago this month, on 06-August-1892, the Washington and Georgetown Railroad's Pennsylvania Avenue (Georgetown) and 14th Street lines opened for service

125 years ago this month, on 07-August-1892, the Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway converted from broad gauge to standard gauge and extended from Central (now Presidio) Avenue on Geary and 5th Avenue to D Street (now Fulton) at Golden Gate Park

125 years ago this month, on 30-August-1892, the Baltimore Traction Company's Gilmor Street line opened for service

Coming in September, 2017: On the San Francisco page: "Cable Car Wedding Great for 'Pleasure'," about a 1961 wedding on a Powell/Hyde cable car

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) July, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the July, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: A detail view of the shallow conduit Terry Grip, from a Continental Cable Company ad. (source: Street Railway Journal Supplement, January, 1890).
2. On the Kansas City page: A ten year update on the Union Cable Railway, which used an unsuccessful shallow conduit system and operated for one day
3. On the Miscellany page: Added images of the Terry grip to the article about Non-Grip and Shallow Conduit Systems
4. On the the Why page: Added "Picture of the Month -- Twenty Years" -- some interesting statistics and stories about the Picture of the Month, which started in July, 1997
5. Changed Ten Years Ago to Ten and Twenty Years Ago section
6. Added news item about work on Angels Flight

Ten years ago this month (July, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: Jennifer De Grassi, Miss Cable Car, 1968
2. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: Jennifer Williams, Miss Cable Car 1968, shares memories and clippings from her exciting summer
3. On the new Kansas City page: The Union Cable Railway, which used the experimental Terry grip and operated for one day
4. On the new Cable Car Video page:
-- Cal cable car 56 going through the crossover at California and Drumm. Also on the How page
-- Cal cable car 52 leaving California and Drumm
-- Cal cable car 50 arriving at California and Van Ness (also on the How page)
-- Cal cable car 50 leaving California and Van Ness (also on the How page)
-- Two videos of a Breda car crossing the Fourth Street Bridge on the T-Third Street line
-- F-Line car 1075, a recent arrival from Newark, passes in front of the Ferry Building
-- Breda 1523 pops out of the portal at Folsom and the Embarcadero on the J-Line
5. Added a News and Bibliography item about an elderly lady struck by a Powell/Mason car
6. Split the Site Map into four pages to follow Google recommendations
7. Added "Picture of the Month -- Ten Years" to the Why page -- some interesting statistics and stories about the Picture of the Month, which started in July, 1997

Twenty years ago this month (July, 1997):
1. Add What's New section
2. Finish entering detailed information about Seattle cable car lines
3. Add link to Gelett Burgess' "The Ballad of the Hyde St Grip" to the SF cable car lines in detail page.

125 years ago this month, on 07-July-1892, the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway opened for service

Coming in August, 2017: On the Kansas City page: "Personal Reminiscences of Early Cable Street Railway Work in Kansas City, MO," a 1900 article by EJ Lawless, a man with a really impressive mustache.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) May, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the May, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: "Elevated Railway, Kansas City." A steam dummy locomotive pulls a two-car train into a station. (source: "Electricty in the Far West III -- Kansas City," Elecricity, Vol III, No 16. November 2, 1892).
2. On the Cable Car Lines in Kansas City page: A ten year update on the unique Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit, which operated a combined system with a steam dummy line and two cable traction lines. More images and "Electricty in the Far West III -- Kansas City," (Elecricity, Vol III, No 16. November 2, 1892).
3. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Robert Bailey, we now know the answer to Is It "Mahoney" or "Mahony?". Walter Rice let me publish the essay in 2004.
4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Dexter Wong, I added Doctor Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
5. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about Salvator (Salvador?) Potis, Jr, who was born in Venezuela and served as mechanical engineer on the West Chicago Street Railway.
6. Added news items about a massive power outage and two conductors pocketing fares
7. On the Horse Car Home Page: I just learned about an operating horse tram and a museum dedicated to horse tramways in Döbeln, Germany.

Ten years ago this month (May, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: Looking across the West Bottoms at the Kansas City Cable Railway's 9th Street trestle and the Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit Company's 8th Street trestle and tunnel portal
2. On the new Kansas City page: The Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit Company. Also added an interesting selection from the 1900 book American Street Railway Investments about the Metropolitan Street Railway, which includes information about the many companies which it consumed
3. Two videos: On the Ferries and Cliff House page: Car 17 passing the Saint Francis Hotel. On the California Street page: Car 58 climbing towards Kearney from Montgomery Street.
4. On the Motorized Cable Cars page: Photos of imitation cable cars, mostly used for sightseeing.
5. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A nighttime photo of car 28 decorated for Christmas, 2006.
6. Added News and Bibliography items about a fare audit in San Francisco and a surprise encounter with relics of the Edinburgh cable tram system
7. Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz. A new Chronology item about an additional Powell Street run

125 years ago this month, on 29-May-1892, a fire at the J Hammond and Company factory destroyed six O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde cars being built for the California Street Cable Railroad

75 years ago this month, on 08-May-1942, the Market Street Railway scrapped car 133, the last Market Street cable car which survived in original condition. The company didn't have enough space to store after it closed the Castro Street car barn

Coming in June, 2017: On the Kansas City page: A ten year update on the Peoples' Cable Railway

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) April, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the April, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: A San Francisco 49ers 2016 program celebrates the teams' 70th anniversary with a throwback image. This was for an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.
2. On the Kitsch page: a 1963 Giants yearbook; 49ers program covers; a Pandora charm; a Starbucks gift card;
3. Added news item, banner and a review plugging Strephon Taylor's excellent documentary video San Francisco Cable Cars
4. On the Horse Car Home Page: The Isle of Man Horse Tramway will play an important part in the opening of the 2017 CAMRA Isle of Man Beer and Cider Festival. Also News item.
5. Added news items about an elderly man who died after being hit by a cable car and a cable car - electric auto collision
6. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to rear three-quarter view of toy cable car 504, with free-standing figures

Ten years ago this month (April, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: Val Lupiz created a special image to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Powell/Hyde Line
2. On the Kitsch page: A video of my Bachman ho cable car under the Christmas tree. Magazine ads for Old Crow, San Francisco tourism, and the Saint Francis Hotel. A 1972 top 30 survey from KFRC. Three images of a Department 57 model of a Powell Street car. A 1984 All Star Game program. A 2007 SF Giants promotional poster with pitcher Matt Cain
3. On the Muni page: The 50th anniversary of the Powell/Hyde Line
4. On the How page: A video clip of car 21 on the turntable at Powell and Market
5. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added After the Thin Man, with a photo, Moran of the Lady Letty and the number of the Powell Street car that Humphrey Bogart rode in Dark Passage
6. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Two photos of car 17. More Christmas 2006 photos coming next month
7. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to Number 504 with standing figures

125 years ago this month, on 08-April-1892, the King's Heights line of the Portland Cable Railway opened for service

Also 125 years ago this month, on 26-April-1892, the Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway closed its line west of the powerhouse at Buchanan Street to allow for reconstruction to standard gauge

Also 125 years ago this month, on 27-April-1892, San Francisco's first electric railroad, the San Francisco and San Mateo Railway, opened for service

75 years ago this month, on 05-April-1942, the Market Street Railway's Fillmore Hill counterbalance stopped service

Also 75 years ago this month, on 14-April-1942, Seattle's first cable car line on Yesler Way was replaced by buses

25 years ago this month, on 15-April-1992, Presidential candidate Bill Clinton rode Powell Street Cable Car No. 26 near the Fairmont Hotel. Democrats stayed at the Fairmont

Coming in May, 2017: On the Kansas City page: A ten year update on the Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) March, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the March, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: The north end loop of the Grand Avenue Railway, showing the congested conditions in that area. (source: Street Railways: Their Construction, Operation and Maintenance by CB Fairchild).
2. On the Kansas City page: A ten year update on the Grand Avenue Railway. More images and contemporary newspaper articles.
3. On the Who page: Added the promoters of the Grand Avenue Railway, Walton H Holmes and Conway F Holmes.
4. On the Horse Car Home Page: The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway on the Isle of Man issues a schedule for its 141st season.
5. Added news item about new cable car documentary
6. Added news item about new airline service advertised with image of cable car

Ten years ago this month (March, 2007):
1. Picture of the Month: A combination car of Kansas City's Grand Avenue Railway.
2. On the new Kansas City page: The Grand Avenue Railway
3. On the Sutter Street Railway page: "The Sutter Street Railway - San Francisco's Second Cable Car Line" by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria
4. Moved Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars to a separate page. Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added A Gathering of Eagles. Thanks to Steve Hill, I added screen captures of the titles of many of the movies.
5. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A photo of car 13. More Christmas 2006 photos coming next month.

150 years ago this month, on 06-March-1867, the last steam train ran on San Francisco's Market Street, operated by the Market Street Railroad. The next day, 07-March-1867, horse cars began running on Market Street and Valencia Street, operated by the Market Street Railroad.

125 years ago this month, on 06-March-1892, a Sutter Street Railway Larkin Street cable car crossing Market severed the Market Street Cable Railway's cable

Also 125 years ago this month, on 09-March-1892, the Market Street Cable Railway extended its McAllister Street line on D Street (now Fulton) to a spot between 7th and 8th Avenues

Also 125 years ago this month, on 21-March-1892, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Mount Auburn Cable Railway's powerhouse burned down

Coming in April, 2017: An update to the Cable Car Kitsch page.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) February, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the February, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: "Cable train on Twelfth Street line" of the Metropolitan Street Railway of Kansas City. (source: "The Street Railway Situation in the Two Kansas Cities", Street Railway Journal, October, 1900).
2. On the Kansas City page: A ten year update on the Metropolitan Street Railway. More images and contemporary newspaper articles.
3. Also on the Kansas City page: The Street Railway Situation in the Two Kansas Cities, an article from the Street Railway Journal, October, 1900 which surveys Kansas City transit during the transition from cable to electric traction
4. On the UK page: Added Folkestone's Leas Cliff Lift to the Cliff Lifts article. The lift shut down in January, after operating since 1885. It was older than San Francisco's Powell Street cable car lines. Added News story about the shutdown.
5. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about George W McNulty, who was chief engineer on the Broadway cable system.

Ten years ago this month (February, 2007):


1. Picture of the Month: Two trains pass at the top of the bridge used by Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway to reach Union Depot in the West Bottoms.
2. The results of the Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes: "San Francisco With a $5 Cable Car Fare"
3. On the new Kansas City page: The Metropolitan Street Railway
4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A photo of car 3. More Christmas 2006 photos coming next month.
5. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, information about the 1959 movie Crime of Passion.
6. On the Kitsch and Interview with Mrs. Barbara Kahn Gardner pages: Walter Rice has written about Kitty Margolis, a jazz singer who is Samuel Kahn's granddaughter.
7. Added News and Bibliography items about reconstruction work on Angel's Flight in Los Angeles

125 years ago this month, on 04-February-1892, the US Army gave the Presidio and Ferries Railway to extend its Union Street cable line into the Presidio.

Also 125 years ago this month, on 17-February-1892, Geary Street Park and Ocean Railway crews distribute materials along the line to prepare for conversion to standard gauge.

75 years ago this month, on 17-February-1942, Seattle's James Street cable car line was abandoned. Unlike the other Seattle cable lines, it was not replaced by buses.

Coming in March, 2017: On the Kansas City page: More about the Grand Avenue Railway. A ten-year update.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) January, 2017 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

Happy New Year, everyone. I wish you a happy and peaceful 2017.

I just put the January, 2017 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: "Looking east on 9th from the Junction." I like the cop in the lower right-hand column. (source: Kansas City Public Library Special Collections. Barcode: 10007292. All rights reserved).
2. On the Kansas City page: A ten year update on the Kansas City Cable Railway. More images and contemporary newspaper articles. Articles include accidents on the incline and the runaway cable train which nearly hit President Grover Cleveland and the First Lady.
3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cars 1 and 52 decorated for Christmas, 2016
4. On the Who page: Added an obituary from the Kansas City Journal. about cable traction engineer Robert Gillham
5. Archived October 2016 What's New, 2016 Anniversaries, and July-December 2015 News items.

Ten years ago this month (January, 2007):


1. Picture of the Month: The Kansas City Cable Railway's 9th Street trestle
2. On the new Kansas City page: The Kansas City Cable Railway
3. I'm still waiting for the results of the Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes: "San Francisco With a $5 Cable Car Fare".
4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A list of the cable cars decorated for Christmas, 2006. Photos coming next month.
5. Added an article about cable traction engineer Robert Gillham to the Who page

125 years ago this month, on 26-January-1892, a California Street cable car hit a Powell Street cable car and ran away down the hill. The California Street car stopped when it hit a wagon at Montgomery Street

Coming in February, 2017: On the Kansas City page: More about the Metropolitan Street Railway. A ten-year update.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2017)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-December-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) December, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the December, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Santa, surrounded by Muni vehicles, wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. (Source: Trolley Topics, December, 1947)
2. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page. On the Christmas on the Cable page, I added a new image to Christmas on the Cables, a cartoon from a Muni employee publication.
3. Added News item about the plans of the Dunedin Heritage Light Rail Trust to recreate the Mornington cable tramway.
4. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal to the article about Henry Root, who designed the California Street Cable Railroad and the Market Street Cable Railway. His side grip was used by many companies in the industry.
5. On the Why page: An update to "It Was 20 Years Ago Today," about the number of cable car lines that this site has outlived.
6. Added News item about the 50th Annual Cable Car Classic basketball tournament.

Ten years ago this month (December, 2006):


1. Picture of the Month: Thanks to Wayne Miller: Market Street cable car 133 sits on Castro Street on 08-May-1941, waiting to be towed to the scrapper.
2. Try the new Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes: "San Francisco With a $5 Cable Car Fare"
3. Added photos from Wayne Miller's collection:
-- Market Street cable car 133, on its way to the scrapper
-- Market Street Railway sand car 0603, converted from an Omnibus cable car
4. On the Old-Time Radio Shows Which Feature Cable Cars, added an 03-May-1953 episode of The Jack Benny Show. Frankie Remley mistakes the Powell/Market turntable for a record player
5. On the UK page: Thanks to Grant Dew, for a report about the West Hill Lift in Hastings being shut down for maintenance.
6. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page.
7. Added News and Bibliography items about a hit piece of "investigative" journalism from KGO Channel 7

Coming in January, 2017: On the Kansas City page: More about the Kansas City Cable Railway. A ten-year update.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-October-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) November, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- 20 Years

Date:

I just put the November, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

The Cable Car Home Page is 20 years old this month.

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Car 20 at Powell and Market Streets. July, 2016.
2. The Twentieth Anniversary of The Cable Car Home Page - November, 1996 - November, 2016
3. On the Why page: "It Was 20 Years Ago Today," a new article about where I have been and where I am going with the site.
4. On the Old-Time Radio Shows Which Feature Cable Cars: I added the 10-May-1953 episode of The Jack Benny Show, recorded in San Francisco.
5. Added News and Bibliography items about repeated shutdowns and an obituary for mechanic Rick Fong

Ten years ago this month (November, 2006):


1. Picture of the Month: A photo of Car 10 and a special tenth anniversary dash sign by Val Lupiz
2. Tenth Anniversary - November, 1996 - November, 2006
3. Added "Ten Years After" to the Why page -- what has changed since I started this site
4. Added a new page on Old-Time Radio Shows Which Feature Cable Cars, with an 07-Jul-1949 episode of Candy Matson and 09-January-1938 and 30-March-1947 episodes of The Jack Benny Show.
5. Added News and Bibliography items about repeated shutdowns and an obituary for mechanic Rick Fong

On November 2, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the Sacramento/Clay line of the Ferries and Cliff House Railway starting service

On November 3, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the Portland Cable Railway extending its Portland Heights line

On November 12, we will mark the 125th anniversary of Valencia Street cable car 24 of the Market Street Cable Railway hitting a Southern Pacific train and getting wrecked.

Also on November 12, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the Valley City Street and Cable Railway in Grand Rapids finishing its conversion from cable to electric and beginning the removal the cable from the conduit

Coming in December, 2016: On the San Francisco page: Christmas on the Cables.


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-October-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) October, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- 20 Years

Date:

I just put the October, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

The Cable Car Home Page is 20 years old this month.

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: "A Horse on Minneapolis." Saint Paul had cable cars and its twin city, Minneapolis, did not. The expression comes from dice games. (Source: Saint Paul Globe / 07-July-1889.)
2. On the Other Cities page: On the Other Cities page: A new article about the Saint Paul City Railway. This will be my last new article about a Hallidie-type cable car line until I discover one I missed or the people in Dunedin open a new one.
3. On the More Muni Photos page: Muni's 2016 Heritage Weekend
4. On the Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: Thank to Peter Ehrlich, photos of the surviving power houses of Cincinnati's Mount Adams and Eden Park Railway and the Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Also a small item about the Cincinnati Bell Connector, a new streetcar line.
5. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about Asa E Hovey, who designed and built the Sutter Street Railway in San Francisco and the State Street cable line, the first in the US outside of San Francisco, in Chicago
6. Added News items about a new book and the 2016 Muni Heritage Festival

Ten years ago this month (October, 2006):


1. Picture of the Month: A photo of Joe Lacey posing with Cal Cable Car 50 at California and Drumm, about 1971
2. Joe Lacey has been scanning items from his collection. Thanks to Joe for sharing them with this site: On the More Muni Photos page: A new Muni People section, with a photo of Joe Lacey and one of him and a group of other Cable Car Division men in 1971, modelling new uniforms designed by Bill Blass
3. On the Market Street Cable Railway page, thanks to Emiliano Echevarria, a 1905 United Railroads floor plan of the McAllister Powerhouse
4. Joe Lacey has been scanning items from his collection. Thanks to Joe for sharing them with this site:
5. On the Chicago page: 21-October-2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of cable traction in Chicago, when the former Chicago City Railway's Wabash Avenue line and the North Chicago Clark and Lincoln lines converted to electric traction. Added a photo of a North Chicago cable train.
6. Rolled out a new Advanced Search page
7. On the New York/New Jersey page: A newspaper article about the second cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, the Brooklyn Heights Railroad.


8. Thanks to Walter Rice for a review of Woman on the Run, a movie which includes some nice scenes of San Francisco cable cars, electric streetcars, and trolley buses
9. Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz. A new Chronology item and roster updates on Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco
10. Added News and Bibliography items about a complete shutdown, an accident on California Street, and a drop in ridership because of the five dollar fare

On October 17, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the start of service on the Windsor-Saint Kilda Esplanade line of the Melbourne Tramways & Omnibus Company

On October 24, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the conversion to electric service of the Saint Louis and Suburban Railway, (formerly the St Louis Cable & Western Railway) discontinued cable service

On October 15, we will mark the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's cable cars being added to the National Register of Historic Places as entry #66000233

Coming in November, 2016: On the Who page: Twenty Years After -- the 20th birthday of the Cable Car Home Page.


Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2016)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


Subject: (tan) September, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

Date:

I just put the September, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: A Valley City Street and Cable Railway cable train on Lyon Street. (© Grand Rapids Public Library. All Rights Reserved. )
2. On the Other Cities page: A new article about the Valley City Street and Cable Railway in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One reason that the Valley City Street and Cable Railway is the second-to-last Hallidie-type cable car operating company that I have written about is that it went through a convoluted series of route changes that have been very hard to describe. I did the best I could and hope to improve them in the future.
3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about William Eppelsheimer, who designed the grip currently used by San Francisco cable cars
4. Added News items about Cal Cable 42 visiting Hyde and Beach and POMA 2000 being abandoned

Ten years ago this month (September, 2006):


1. Picture of the Month: Thanks to Wayne Miller, a photo of Market Street cable car 133 on its way to the scrapper in 1941
2. On the San Francisco page, a new page about Cable Car Businesses
3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable cars in the 2006 San Francisco Carnaval Parade.
4. Joe Lacey has been scanning items from his collection. Thanks to Joe for sharing them with this site:
  • On Walter Rice's A Photo Album of 1970s Cable Car Supporters: A certificate issued to those who attended the 100th anniversary celebration at Portsmouth Square in 1973. Another certificate issued to those who walked the Clay Street Hill route with Margot Patterson Doss on the following Sunday. A picnic invitation issued to the people of the Cable Car Division by Mayor Joe Alioto and the San Francisco Cable Car Centennial Committee
  • On Walter Rice and Val Lupiz's The Cable Car Lady & the Mayor: A certificate from the 1947 Citizen's Committee to Save the Cable Cars, signed by Mrs Friedel Klussmann. Also a new section on 1971's Proposition Q, with signs and a letter from the Cable Car Committee, which included Mrs Klussmann
  • On the Muni page: A 1967 want ad for cable car crew members
  • On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage, a new section with several of Joe's items

  • 5. On the New York/New Jersey page: A newspaper article about the second cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, the Brooklyn Heights Railroad.
  • TO RUN IN MAY/Cable Cars Will Traverse Montague Street, which talks plans to build the road.

  • 6. Added Bibliography item: obituary of gripman Elwood F Nestler

    On September 20, we will mark the 150th anniversary of San Francisco's Market Street Railroad linking to the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad at 25th and Valencia Streets

    On September 24, we will mark the 150th anniversary of San Francisco and San Jose Railroad extending over the Market Street Railroad's tracks to a new depot at Market and Valencia Streets

    On September 9, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the pioneer line of the Clay Street Hill Railroad closing for conversion into the Sacramento/Clay line

    On September 2, we will mark the 75th anniversary of Seattle's Queen Anne Hill counterbalance, which had replaced the Front Street Cable Railway, being replaced by buses

    On September 29, we will mark the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) closing on San Francisco's Treasure Island

    Coming in Octomber, 2016: On the Other Cities page: On the Other Cities page: A new article about the Saint Paul City Railway. This will be my last new article about a Hallidie-type cable car line until I discover one I missed or the people in Dunedin open a new one.

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) August, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A Sioux City Cable Railway grip car and two trailer train poses in front of the powerhouse. (Source: "Editorial Correspondence," The Street Railway Journal April, 1888.)
    2. On the Other Cities page: A new article about Sioux City Cable Railway
    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about William Phenix, who designed and built the Sioux City Cable Railway
    4. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: Added two newspaper clippings about Albert E Ward, who won from 1957 through 1959
    5. On the Horse Car Home Page: A reprieve through 2018 for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway on the Isle of Man. Also News item.
    6. Added News item about a new campaign to revive Angels Flight

    Ten years ago this month (August, 2006):


    1. Picture of the Month: Car 24 was the only piece of California Street rolling stock to survive the earthquake and fire.
    2. On the San Francisco in 1906 page, 1906 newspaper articles describing the return of the California Street cable cars:
  • CABLE LINE TO OPEN NEXT WEEK/Car Service on California Street to Be Resumed Shortly (San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, August 8, 1906)
  • FEW REPAIRS FOR CALIFORNIA LINE/Cable Cars to Operate This Week Over Uninjured Roadbeds (San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, August 14, 1906)
  • FIRST CAR RUN ON CALIFORNIA STREET/Successful Test of the Cable Line Which Will Soon Be in Operation (San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, August 16, 1906) (/table>
    3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable cars in the 2006 San Francisco Carnaval Parade.
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: A newspaper article about the second cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, the Brooklyn Heights Railroad.
  • DOWN THE HILL/A Cable Car Breaks Away on Montague Street, which talks about a runaway.

  • 5. Added Bibliography items about the 2006 Bell Ringing contest. The stories have links to a podcast of the event.

    On August 4, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the start of service on the Tacoma Railway & Motor Company

    On August 10, we will mark the 75th anniversary of Seattle's first cable car line, Yesler Way, being replaced by buses

    On August 25, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the beginning of service on the Tramway Funiculaire de Belleville in Paris

    Coming in September, 2016: On the Other Cities page: A new article about the Valley City Street and Cable Railway in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) July, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: The Denver City Cable Railway Company name still appears above the doorway of the building. Google Maps Streetview Image updated May 2014. Copyright 2016 Google.
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Colorado page: A new article about the Denver City Cable Railway
    3. Also on the new Cable Car Lines in Colorado page: Moved the article about the Denver Tramway Company from the Other Cities page
    4. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: Added and advertisement for bonds issued by the Cleveland City Cable Railway
    5. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about HM Kebby, who worked on cable car lines in San Francisco, Saint Louis and Saint Paul
    6. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: Added results of the 1959 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest and a photo of Albert E Ward, who won from 1957 through 1959
    7. Added News and Chronology items items about Powell Street Car 12 returning to service in a new color scheme

    Ten years ago this month (July, 2006):


    1. Picture of the Month: Walter Rice's photo of Powell Street car "715", to celebrate Barry Bonds passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list
    2. On the Muni page: A 1974 Powell/Mason schedule - warning LARGE images
    3. On the new Inexplicable Cable Car Items section on the Kitsch page: Walter Rice found a souvenir magnet showing Sóller, Mallorca's famous Hyde Street cable car
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: Three newspaper articles about the second cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, the Brooklyn Heights Railroad.
    THE FIRST CAR/Travels Over the Montague Street Road, which talks about an early demonstration run.
    THROWN THROUGH A WINDOW/Singular accident on the Montague Street Railroad, which talks about injuries caused by a sudden stop.
    BATH OF RED PAINT/Basis of a Damage Suit for $1,700 Instituted by Miss May Against W. J. Cockle, which is hard to explain.
    Also one more 1886 newspaper article about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York.
    CABLE ROADS/Universal Interest Excited by the Brooklyn Experiment, which talks about how many companies were interested in the Johnson ladder cable technology. It includes a detailed description of the traction method.
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about a loose strand which shut down the Powell Street cable for most of a day

    On July 15, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the first test of the Brooklyn Heights Railroad.

    On July 20, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the beginning of service on the Brooklyn Heights Railroad.

    On July 21, we will mark the 50th anniversary of five Powell Street cable cars crashing together when car 505 caught a loose strand in its grip inbound at Powell and Ellis

    Coming in August, 2016: On the Other Cities page: A new article about the Sioux City Cable Railway in Sioux City, Iowa

    The 2016 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest will be held on Thursday, 07-July-2016 at Noon in Union Square.

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) June, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Tracks along Elgin Road await the completion of the rest of the extension (Source: Otago Witness, 28-June-1905).
    2. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: A new article about Dunedin, New Zealand's short-lived Elgin Road Extension, which operated from 1906 to 1910
    3. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Antonio Marquardt, added screen grabs to I Love a Soldier
    4. On the Kansas City page: A new article about the Return of Electric Streetcars to Kansas City
    5. Added News and Chronology items items about Powell Street Car 24 being dedicated to Giants great Willie Mays
    6. Added News item about an auto driving onto the Powell and Market turntable

    Ten years ago this month (June, 2006):


    1. Picture of the Month: Geary Street cable cars run among the ruins in 1906.
    2. Results of the 2006 Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes
    3. On the San Francisco in 1906 page, 1906 newspaper articles describing the return of the Geary Street cable cars, work on the California Street lines, and the replacement of United Railroads lines with electric traction:
    - GEARY-STREET CHIMNEY NOW READY FOR USE (San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, June 15, 1906)
    - GEARY-STREET CARS AGAIN IN OPERATION CABLE UNDAMAGED AND SLOT NOT BADLY HURT (San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, June 22, 1906)
    - CALIFORNIA STREET CARS/Cable Road Expects to Resume Operations by First of August (San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, June 15, 1906)
    - TOO MANY CARS JUMPED TRACK/Service on Hayes Street Line Abandoned Until New Rail Can Be Laid. (San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, June 16, 1906)
    - WANT CABLE CARS TO RESUME OPERATION/McAllister Street Residents Would Have Old Line Run Again. (San Francisco Chronicle, August 3, 1906)
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: Five 1872-1899 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad
    5. Added a Bibliography item about a California Street shutdown

    On June 08, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of standard gauge steam trains running on San Francisco's Market Street Railroad

    On June 21, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the start of service on Seattle's Madison Street Cable Railway

    Coming in July, 2016: On the new Cable Car Lines in Colorado page: A new article about Denver, Colorado's Denver City Cable Company

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) May, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A Kaikorai cable tram crests a hill. Note the pram hooked to the front dash. (Source: "The Kaikorai Cable Tram." Amateur film by William Hood Davidson, 1947. Hocken Collections.)
    2. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: A new article about Dunedin, New Zealand's Kaikorai Tramway.
    3. Added News and Bibliography items about a news story that I got interviewed for.
    4. On the Cable Trams in the UK: Thanks to Stefan Isaksson for some new information about London's Highgate Hill Cable Tramway, the first Hallidie-type cable tramway in Europe
    5. Also on the UK page: Added the three cliff lifts in Bournemouth to the Cliff Lifts article. Added News story about a landslide t hat affected the East Cliff Lift.
    6. On the Horse Car Home Page: The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway on the Isle of Man issues a schedule for its 140th season. Also News item.

    Ten years ago this month (May, 2006):


    1. Picture of the Month: Powell-Mason car 509 on the turntable at Powell and Market, scanned from a magazine ad by Walter Rice.
    2. Try the new Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes
    3. On the San Francisco page: A new page of Cable Car Advertising Images, scanned by Walter Rice.
    4. Also on the San Francisco page: Added a 1951 Collier's Magazine image to The Cable Car Lady & the Mayor by Walter Rice and Val Lupiz, showing Mrs Friedel Klussmann and other cable car supporters.
    5. Also on the San Francisco page: Walter Rice scanned Samuel Kahn's signature from a stock certificate as part of his article "An Interview With Mrs. Barbara Kahn Gardner, Daughter of Market Street Railway Executive Samuel Kahn"
    6. On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Val Lupiz and Walter Rice, a sign warning riders about the California Street line turnback because of the Chinese New Year parade, 2006.
    7. On the New York/New Jersey page: Five 1870 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad and the Beach Pneumatic Subway
    8. Added a News item about the 18-April-2006 celebrations

    On May 08, we will mark the 75th anniversary of the day that the Market Street Railway scrapped car 133, the last Market Street cable car which survived in original condition. The company didn't have enough space to store after it closed the Castro Street car barn

    On May 23, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the Druid Hill Avenue line of the Baltimore Traction Company starting service

    On May 30, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway extending its Wyandotte line

    Coming in May, 2016: On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: A new article about Dunedin, New Zealand's short-lived Elgin Road Extension

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) April, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: An impressionistic Delta Airlines poster
    2. On the Kitsch page: An American Airlines poster; Two Delta Airlines posters; A TWA poster; Three United Airlines posters; a 7x7 Magazine cover; a Hard Rock Cafe pin with a cable car and a golden dragon; a Giants 1995 pin; a Giants 2007 All Star Game pin
    3. On the San Francisco page: A new page about 1941 - A Bad Year for Cable Cars, describing the cable car and counterbalance lines that got abandoned or replaced by buses in San Francisco and Seattle
    4. On the Horse Car Home Page: A reprieve for at least one season for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway on the Isle of Man. Also News item
    5. Added News item about Amber Jones, who has become the third woman to operate a cable car
    6. Added News item about the sixth annual San Francisco History Expo

    Ten years ago this month (April, 2006):


    1. Picture of the Month: The headline of the 19-April-1906 Call=Chronicle=Examiner, printed on the presses of the Oakland Tribune by a combination of three of San Francisco's major newspapers
    2. On the San Francisco page: A new page about San Francisco in 1906, describing the effect of the earthquake and fire on the city's cable car lines
    3. Also on the San Francisco page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, a detailed review about the movie I Love a Soldier, which featured Barry Fitzgerald as a gripman
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: Three 1869 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad
    5. On the Kitsch page: Bachman ho cable car under the Christmas tree. 1954 and 1960 Bank of America magazine ads
    6. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to detail view of Number 514

    On April 5, we will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Castro Street cable car line and the Fillmore Hill counterbalance. Read more about both in my new article: 1941 - A Bad Year for Cable Cars

    On April 14, we will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of Seattles Madison Street cable car line

    On my San Francisco Bay Ferryboats page: Golden Gate Ferries will take over operation of the Tiburon Ferry from the Blue and Gold Fleet. http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    Coming in May, 2016: On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: A new article about Dunedin, New Zealand's Kaikorai Tramway

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) March, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: An 1895 view of Maryhill Tramway car 9 with unusual roof and windows. Photograph by William Henry Jackson. Thanks to Len Foley for pointing out that this was the Maryhill and not the Roslyn line. (Source: World's Transportation Commission Photograph Collection - Library of Congress. CALL NUMBER - LOT 11948, no. 688)
    2. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: A new article about Dunedin, New Zealand's Maryhill Extension, known as "The Big Dipper."
    3. On the Cable Car Models page: A model of a San Diego cable car by Eleanor Catalina Stevens.
    4. On the Horse Car Home Page: More abuut the threat to kill off the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway on the Isle of Man. Also News item


    5. Added News and Bibliography items about a news story that I got interviewed for.

    Ten years ago this month (March, 2006):


    1. Picture of the Month: Denver Tramway Company Car 40, preserved at the Forney Transportation Museum.
    2. Added information about the Denver Tramway Company to the Other Cities page
    3. On the Australia/New Zealand page: Thanks to Stuart James, a photograph of his great-grandfather in a Melbourne engine house
    4. On the San Francisco page: An update to the second edition of Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco, by Robert Callwell & Walter E. Rice. New information about the powerhouse
    5. Added Bibliography items about two books: The End of the Penny Section and Penang Trams
    6. On the New York/New Jersey page: Four 1868 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad
    7. Added a News item about a new book about Penang transit

    On March 19, we will mark the 125th anniversary of Seattle's Union Trunk line on James Street

    Next month we will see that April, 1941 was a really bad month for cable cars, with the end of the Castro Street cable and the Fillmore Counterbalance on the same day, the scrapping of Market Street cable car 133 and the end of Seattle's Madison Street and Yesler Way cable lines and the Queen Anne Hill counterbalance

    Coming in April, 2016: On the Kitsch Page: More collectible cable car junk. Back to Dunedin in May.

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-December-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) February, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: The only piece of rolling stock that survived the 1903 fire (Source: Otago Witness, 18-February-1903)
    2. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: A new article about Dunedin, New Zealand's Mornington Tramway, the last Hallidie-type cable tram line to operate outside of San Francisco. Many newspaper items about the opening of the line and a fire that destroyed all the rolling stock except one trailer.
    3. Added News items the passing of conductor Rey Morante and the possible end of horse tram service on the Isle of Man

    Ten years ago this month (February, 2006):


    1. Picture of the Month: A Roslyn cable tram in Dunedin, New Zealand.


    2. 24-February-2004 marks the 125th anniversary of Dunedin, New Zealand's Roslyn Tramway, the first Hallidie-type cable tram line outside of San Francisco. I also updated the small article on Wellington's Kelburn Cable Car to mention that the museum has just received grip car 3 restored to its 1905 appearance


    3. Thanks to Walter Rice, "San Franciscans Fight to Keep Historic Cable Cars", a 1947 Life article about the beginning of the rebellion against Mayor Roger Lapham's plan to get rid of the Powell Street cable cars. Also "City I Love", a 1946 Time profile about Mayor Roger Lapham


    4. On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, a sign warning riders about the California Street line turnback on New Year's Eve, 2005.


    5. Added News and Bibliography items about the mayor accusing crewmen of skimming fares and a fatality on Mason Street


    6. On the New York/New Jersey page: Ten 1867-1868 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad

    On February 8, we will mark the 150th anniversary of San Francisco's Market Street Railroad beginning its conversion to a double-track, dual-gauge layout. Its original single track had been 5'6" gauge

    On February 9, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line of the California Street Cable Railroad starting service. It was the last new line to open in San Francisco.

    On February 17, we will mark the 75th anniversary of Seattle's James Street cable car line being abandoned. Unlike the other Seattle cable lines, it was not replaced by buses.

    Coming in March, 2016: On the Australia/New Zealand Page: A new article about Dunedin, New Zealand's Maryhill Extension.

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-December-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) January, 2016 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the January, 2016 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: An advertisement announces that Dunedin New Zealand's Roslyn Tramway had started service (Source: Dunedin Evening Star, 24-February-1881)
    2. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: More about Dunedin, New Zealand's Roslyn Tramway, the first Hallidie-type cable tram line outside of San Francisco. Many newspaper items about the building and opening of the line.
    3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Car 49 decorated for Christmas, 2015
    4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Tony Turrittin, added Kiss Them For Me.
    5. Added News items about an auto driving onto the Powell Street turntable and the cable cars being shut down because of heavy rain

    Ten years ago this month (January, 2006):


    1. Picture of the Month: Car 507 at Washington/Mason in the 1920's.


    2. Thanks to Walter Rice, "The Song of the Powell Street Grip", with a recorded reading by Craig Hulsebos of KEAR radio. Also updated the Ferries and Cliff House page.


    3. On the Muni page: Links to live map's of Muni's cable car lines from NextBus


    4. Added News items about Cal Cable rope unstranding, a new cable car dvd, and a new cd with historic streetcar photos


    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: An 1887 newspaper article about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. WON’T BE RASH/Mr. Richardson Will Examine the Facts, which talks about how William Richardson got rooked by the cable people. It proves that the cable system was abandoned before 20-July-1887.

    On January 19, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the Broadway line of the St Louis Railroad being extended to South Broadway and Keokuk Street

    On January 21, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway going bankrupt because of storm damage and competition from electric streetcars

    On January 30, we will mark the 150th birthday of Gellet Burgess, author of "The Ballad of the Hyde Street Grip"

    Coming in February, 2016: On the Australia/New Zealand Page: A new article about Dunedin, New Zealand's Mornington Tramway, the last Hallidie-type cable tram line to operate outside of San Francisco.

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2016)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-December-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) December, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Cable car 504 decorated as Santa's sleigh. (source: Trolley Topics, December, 1950)
    2. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page. On the Christmas on the Cable page, Iddded a new image to Christmas on the Cables, showing car 504 decorated as Santa's sleigh. On the Decorated Cable Cars page, added Val Lupiz photos of Powell Street Car One decorated for Christmas, 2015. We should all thank Val Lupiz and his family and Friends who decorate cars every year.
    3. On the More MSR Photos page: The Fate of the Old Sacramento and Clay St. Cable Car #16 by Stephen Brown
    4. Added News item about Muni closing almost two blocks of lower Powell Street to automobile traffic

    Ten years ago this month (December, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: An invitation which Val Lupiz designed for the Cable Car Division's 2005 luncheon for Senior Citizens.


    2. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: The luncheon invitation


    3. On the San Francisco page: A new page about Motorized Cable Cars. Notes from Walter Rice and Val Lupiz on Cal Cable 61/62


    4. Also on the San Francisco page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, item about the movies Fools, part of which was shot in the cable car barn, and Fog Over Frisco, a 1934 movie with glimpses of cable cars.


    5. On the Muni page: Thanks to Ray Long, a photo of 524 running on Broadway in Los Angeles for a 1949 Shriners parade


    6. On the More MSR Photos page: Val Lupiz found a postcard of an MSR cable RPO car


    7. On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Walter Rice, a TWA poster


    8. On the New York/New Jersey page: Two 1886 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. WANTS TO USE THE CABLE, about a request for permission to use cable traction and CABLE ROAD/The Aldermen Inspect the New York Variety, about a junket to inspect a Manhattan line. Also an 1893 article, The Passing of Richardson, about the death of Brooklyn Cable Company promoter William Richardson


    9. Added News items about new Powell Street cable car book signing and a meltdown on the Hyde Street line. Also added Nick Kibre photo to the item about Cal Cable car 59 in New Orleans


    10. Added Bibliography items: Obituaries for Grimes Poznikov, Chester Smith, and Guillermo P Mendoza, Sr. Also a report of a 1980 publicity stunt

    On December 29, we will mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of San Francisco's beautiful City Hall.

    Coming in January, 2016: On the Australia/New Zealand Page: More about Dunedin, New Zealand's Roslyn Tramway, the first Hallidie-type cable tram line outside of San Francisco.

    In November, 2016, the Cable Car Home Page will be 20 years old.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-September-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) November, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The site is 19 years old this month. That's pretty old for a website.

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A Churchman's Cigarettes card shows a cable-hauled train leaving a tunnel on Brazil's São Paulo Railway.
    2. On the Other Cities Page: Brazil's São Paulo Railway Company, a British-built line that used cable traction to haul freight and passengers up and down the Serra do Mar

    Ten years ago this month (November, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: Valencia Street cable car, 1904.


    2. On the San Francisco page: San Francisco Cable Car Service, 1903 -- based on the San Francisco Official Street Railway Directory, 1903. Thanks to Walter Rice.


    3. On the San Francisco page: A Photo Album of 1970s Cable Car Supporters by Walter Rice


    4. On the More MSR Photos page: Valencia Street cable car, 1903


    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: 1886 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. MR. RICHARDSON'S CABLE ROAD, about an early petition for permission to build the line and TO ADOPT JOHNSON'S SYSTEM, about the choice of the Johnson ladder cable system to operate it


    6. Added News item about new Powell Street cable car book

    Coming in December, 2015: On the San Francisco Page: Christmas on the Cables


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-September-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) October, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Car 578, built in 1896 for the original Market Street Railway, zips along the Embarcadero during the 2015 Muni Heritage Weekend. People often call it a cable car, so I decided to use it as my Picture of the Month.
    2. On the More Muni Pictures Page: The 2015 Muni Heritage Weekend
    3. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand Page: A new article about the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which purports to be the steepest funicular in the world
    4. On the Municipal Railway page: The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency announces measures to improve the safety of cable car crews

    Ten years ago this month (October, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: Powell and Market at 7am


    2. On the San Francisco page: San Francisco traffic code items about cable cars


    3. On the More Muni Photos page: Powell Street photos


    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: 1886 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. BUILDING THE CABLE ROAD, about early work on the road, The Cable System Authorized on Park Avenue, about the legal groundwork for the road, and THE CABLE ROAD/Names of its Seven Directors and its Stockholders, about the organization of the company

    75 years ago on 26-October-1940, Melbourne's surviving cable tram lines were all replaced by buses

    Coming in November, 2015: On the Other Cities Page: Brazil's São Paulo Railway Company, a British-built line that used cable traction to haul freight and passengers up and down the Serra do Mar


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-September-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) September, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A new "Do Not Pass Cable Car" sign on car 26 at Powell and Ellis, part of a series of new safety measures. August, 2015.
    2. On the Other Cities page: A new article about street-running funiculars in Lisbon, Portugal , with several photos of the Elevador do Lavra
    3. ?On the Municipal Railway page: The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency announces measures to improve the safety of cable car crews

    Ten years ago this month (September, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: On the Municipal Railway page: The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency announces measures to improve the safety of cable car crews


    2. On the Australia/New Zealand page: Peter Ehrlich's photos of a Dunedin cable tram


    3. On the San Francisco page: Part Four of Walter Rice and Emiliano Echevarria's "When Steam Ran on the Streets of San Francisco: The Ocean Shore Railroad"


    4. Added News and Bibliography items about accidents at Powell and California and California and Drumm. Also news items about the abusive $5 fare and the presentation of a cable car bell to the outgoing Archbishop


    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. The Rope Broke, about a rope break, and DISSATISFACTION ON THE CABLE ROAD, about labor unrest and a possible shutdown


    6. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable cars in the 2005 San Francisco Carnaval Parade.


    7. Added more Chronology items

    75 years ago on 02-September-1940, Seattle's Queen Anne Hill counterbalance, which had replaced the Front Street Cable Railway, was replaced by buses.

    75 years ago on 29-September-1940, The Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) closed on San Francisco's Treasure Island

    New on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains Page: A ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html#top

    Coming in October, 2015: On the Other Cities Page: A new article about street-running funiculars in Lisbon, Portugal


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) August, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Car 4 of Lisbon's Camões-Estrela line was built by the German Maschinenfabrik Esslingen. I wonder if it on a transfer table. Photo courtesy of Maschinenfabrik Esslingen. and 1989 champion gave an exhibition performance.
    2. On the Other Cities page: A new article on the Nova Companhia dos Ascensores Mecânicos de Lisboa, which operated two Hallidie-type cable car lines in Lisbon
    3. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page, added photos and videos of the 52nd Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
    4. Added News and information about Muni fare changes

    Ten years ago this month (August, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: A Walter Rice photo of Powell Street car 25 with the round dash signs it sported until 1982.


    2. On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz, a collection of Powell Street dash signs. Also an 1898 Cal Cable dividend check.


    3. On the San Francisco page: Walter Rice has two more stories about Samuel Kahn, Market Street Railway's principal owner: "Samuel Kahn Paints a Streetcar White," about private party car San Francisco, and "Samuel Kahn, Inventor," about the creation of the White Front Car, with a copy of the patent


    4. Also on the San Francisco page: Thanks to Phil Hoffman, an item about the movie I Love a Soldier, which featured Barry Fitzgerald as a gripman. Also thanks to Phil Hoffman, an update to the item about the movie In Harm's Way.


    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. A CABLE CAR ACCIDENT, about a pedestrian getting injured, and . EXTENDING THE CABLE ROAD, about extending the cable and possibly running cars across the Brooklyn Bridge using the Johnson system


    6. Thanks to Phil Hoffman, added Chronology item about Adlai Stevenson campaigning from the back platform of Powell car 504 in 1956. Added a Time Magazine photo of the event to the article on Photos of Car 44 (retired Powell Street car 504/4) at Pac Bell Park


    7. Added more Chronology items

    75 years ago on 1-August-1940, Seattle's first cable car line, on Yesler Way, was replaced by buses

    Coming in September, 2015: On the Other Cities Page: A new article about street-running funiculars in Lisbon, Portugal


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) July, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The 2015 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest will take place on Thursday, July 9 at Noon in Union Square

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: At the 2013 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest, Emcee Deb Durst interviews grand champion Carl Payne. The 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989 champion gave an exhibition performance.
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Saint Louis page: On the new Cable Cars in Saint Louis Page: A new article about the freight-hauling Western Cable Railway, which was not a Hallidie-type cable car line

    Ten years ago this month (July, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: Jim Walker's 1962 photo of Cal Cable car 42 at a feed lot in Betteravia, California.


    2. On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Walter Rice, Rudy Brandt's 1945 Muni employee pass and his 1944 union card, and a menu from the Cable Car Cafe on Bay Street


    3. On the San Francisco page: Walter Rice has more stories about Samuel Kahn, Market Street Railway's principal owner


    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York.


    5. Added another News items about the return of Cal Cable car 42.


    6. Added Bibliography items about a US News & World Report article and an obituary for Brian Jennings

    Coming in August, 2015: On the Other Cities Page: A new article about the Nova Companhia dos Ascensores Mecânicos de Lisboa, a Hallidie-type cable car line in Lisbon, Portugal


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) June, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Fig. 18. -- Grip and Open Trail Car -- National Railway Co. (Source: "The Street Railway System of Saint Louis", The Street Railway Journal, June, 1895.)
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Saint Louis page: The St Louis Railroad, which operated the Broadway line. Also a magazine article: "The Street Railway System of Saint Louis", The Street Railway Journal, June, 1895.
    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about Captain Robert McCulloch, a street railway executive in Saint Louis

    Ten years ago this month (June, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: Walter Rice's photo of Cal Cable car 42.


    2. On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz, several new signs and posters


    3. Added News items about the return of Cal Cable car 42 and motorized cable cars in the 2005 Carnaval Parade.

    Coming in June, 2015: On the new Cable Cars in Saint Louis Page: A new article about the Western Cable Railway, which was not a Hallidie-type cable car line


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) May, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Fig. 27. -- Cable Train -- People's Railroad Co. (Source: "The Street Railway System of Saint Louis", The Street Railway Journal, June, 1895.)
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Saint Louis page: The Peoples Railway
    3. Added News item about a terrible accident which seriously injured a cable car conductor

    Ten years ago this month (May, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: Muni Car 9, in the Market Street Railway's famous White Front paint scheme.


    2. On the San Francisco page: Walter Rice's interview with Mrs. Barbara Kahn Gardner, daughter of Market Street Railway's principal owner, Samuel Kahn


    3. Added the May installment of Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip: "California, Here I Come"


    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, and 1854 articles about the first horsecars in Brooklyn.


    5. Added News and Bibliography items about a shutdown of the California Street cable car line. Added bibliography items and updated news items about the wildcat strike on 02-Mar-2005.

    Coming in June, 2015: On the new Cable Cars in Saint Louis Page: A new article about the Saint Louis Railroad


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) April, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Fillmore Hill Counterbalance cars coupled together to run in Multiple Unit for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. (Source: "Two-Car Trains on 25 Per Cent Grade," Electric Railway Journal, 22-May-1915.)
    2. On the San Francisco page: The Fillmore Hill Counterbalance and the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition
    3. On the Kitsch page: A Melbourne stamp; a new toy cable car 504; a bottle of fingernail polish; a refrigerator magnet; a Starbucks mug; a Cal Tjader album cover; a Vince Guaraldi/Bola Sete album cover with a photo of California Street Cable Railroad car 10 at the San Francisco Zoo;
    4. On the Market Street Cable Railway page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, a circa-1885 Market Street Cable Railway advertisement
    5. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to rear three-quarter view of toy cable car 504, with free-standing figures.

    Ten years ago this month (April, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: The cover of Downbeat for 10-Nov-1960 featured a collection of jazz musicians posed on a Powell Street cable car. They include Vernon Alley (with the string bass), piansts Earl "Fatha" Hines and Teddy Wilson, Pony Poindexter (holding a saxophone), saxophonist Virgil Gonsalves, pianist Vince Guaraldi (with the glasses and distinctive moustache), singer Bev Kelly, guitarist Wes Montgomery, Brew Moore (also holding a saxophone), clarinetist Paul Desmond, actress and singer Sylvia Syms, and trombonists Kid Ory and Turk Murphy.


    2. On the Kitsch page: A Downbeat magazine cover and more Hard Rock Cafe pins.


    3. On the New York/New Jersey page: A contemporary newspaper article about the experimental non-grip line on the grounds of a lunatic asylum in Binghamton, New York


    4. Added News and Bibliography items about the wildcat strike by Cable Car Division crews and the proposal to drastically increase cable car fares


    5. On the Roster page: Powell Street Paint Schemes, with early examples of Blue and Gold and Green and Cream cars. Photos courtesy of Walter Rice.


    6. Walter Rice provided another Sutro Railroad ticket and two current $3 collectors’ series tickets for the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets and Tokens page. Val Lupiz provided a rare Clay Street Hill Railroad ticket.


    7. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to red Number 28.

    75 years ago, on 14-April-1940, Seattle's Madison Street cable car line was replaced by buses.

    Coming in May, 2015: On the new Cable Cars in Saint Louis Page: A new article about the Peoples Railway.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) March, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A typical three-car train of the Missouri Railroad. The open grip car is on the left. It is towing two enclosed trailers. (Source: "The Street Railway System of Saint Louis", The Street Railway Journal, June, 1895.)
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Saint Louis page: A new article about the Missouri Railroad
    3. On the Cable Car Lines in the UK page: A postcard showing the Isle of Man's Upper Douglas Cable Tramway
    4. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Ken Malucelli, photos and his memories of living in a Carville house.
    5. Added News item about a visit by President Barack Obama and its effect on the cable cars
    6. Added News item about the fifth annual San Francisco History Expo

    Ten years ago this month (March, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: The cover of the second edition of Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco.


    2. On the San Francisco page: The second edition of Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco, by Robert Callwell & Walter E. Rice. Although the second edition is available on this web site, it is not yet available in a print-and-paper book format.


    3. On the New York/New Jersey page: Contemporary newspaper articles about cable cars in Manhattan, including the beginning of the Broadway line in 1893 and the end in 1901.


    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Car 504 decorated for a 1954 festival, thanks to Walter Rice.

    Coming in April, 2015: On the Cable Car Kitsch Page: More collectible junk. Back to Saint Louis in May.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-December-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) February, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Jacob Volk's bottom grip, used on the Citizens Railway in Saint Louis. (Source: "The Volk Cable Grip and Carriage and Other Appliances", The Street Railway Journal, December, 1889.)
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Saint Louis page: On the new Cable Cars in Saint Louis Page: A new article about the Citizens Railway

    Ten years ago this month (February, 2005):


    1. Picture of the Month: Geary Street Park and Ocean steam train.


    2. Added "When Steam Ran on The Streets of San Francisco," a series of three articles by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria about steam street railway operations in San Francisco on the San Francisco page.


    3. Added News and Bibliography items about the destruction by fire of a Baltimore cable car powerhouse and barn

    100 years ago, on 21-February-1915, the Panama Pacific Exposition opened in San Francisco

    75 years ago, on 17-February-1940, Seattle's James Street cable car line was abandoned. Unlike the other Seattle cable lines, it was not replaced by buses.

    Coming in March, 2015: On the new Cable Cars in Saint Louis Page: A new article about the Missouri Railroad


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-December-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) January, 2015 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the January, 2015 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Decorated car 10 inbound at Powell and Geary. A shopman leans out to check the tracks and slot. The decorations are sponsored by the skating rink in Union Square.
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Saint Louis page: The Saint Louis Cable and Western Railway, the first Hallidie-type cable car line in Saint Louis, was part of a unique mixed-mode system which combined a cable car line with a narrow gauge steam railroad
    3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Photos of cable cars decorated for Christmas 2014. Thanks to Val Lupiz, we have photos of car 52, which he and his family and friends decorated. We should all thank Val and his family and Friends who decorate cars every year.
    4. On the Who page: A new item about RT Murphy, who contributed much valuable information to this site, who recently died.
    5. Added News item about the effects of a big rainstorm in December

    Ten years ago this month (January, 2005:


    1. Picture of the Month: Clay Street Hill grip car 8 and trailer 1 at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Added some information from Walter Rice about the display on the Chicago page.


    2. Added "When Stationary Steam Engines Powered the Cable," an article by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria about the Washington/Mason powerhouse.


    3. Updated the Decorated Cable Cars article with photos of the 2004 batch and photos from the 1973 centennial


    4. Added newspaper articles from 1873 about the first test of the Clay Street Hill cable car line, and a series of political attacks on Andrew S Hallidie , who was running for state senate at the time

    Coming in February, 2015: On the new Cable Cars in Saint Louis Page: A new article about the Citizens Railway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2015)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-December-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) December, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Unique original-condition California Street Cable Railroad O'Farrell-Jones-Hyde car 42 lays over on California between Davis and Drumm during the 2014 Muni Heritage Weekend.
    2. On the More Muni Photos page: Muni's 2014 Heritage Weekend and Muni's 2013 Heritage Weekend, which I forgot to post last year
    3. On the San Francisco page: A new article about Sky Tram, San Francisco's only overhead cable car
    4. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page. We should all thank Val Lupiz and his friends and family who decorate several cars every year
    5. Added News items about the return of Powell Street Car One, a window cleaning accident that shut down the Cal Cable line and opening of the new cable-driven automated people mover at the Oakland Airport

    Ten years ago this month (December, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: A Castro Cable car in the 1930's.


    2. Thanks to Walter Rice:
    -- Added "Market Street Railway's Efforts to Curtail Its Cable Car System," contemporary newspaper articles and photos with an introduction by Walter Rice
    -- Added Glen Hurlburt's "Cable Car Concerto," a 1947 composition that represents a ride on the Mason Street line, with an introductory essay by Walter Rice

    125 years ago, on 07-December-1889, the Westlake Park/Boyle Heights line of the Los Angeles Cable Railway extended to Grand

    125 years ago, on 11-December-1889, the Providence Cable Tramway started service

    125 years ago, on 20-December-1889, Kansas City's Union Cable Railway, intended to demonstrate the unique Terry grip, started and ended service

    125 years ago, on 24-December-1889, a terrible storm damaged beyond repair the Second Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles, already shut down because of financial problems. The same storm severely damaged the Los Angeles Cable Railway

    Coming in January, 2015: On the new Cable Cars in Saint Louis Page: A new article about the Saint Louis Cable and Western Railway, the first cable car line in Saint Louis and part of a system that included a narrow gauge steam railroad (the "and Western")


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) November, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Catcher Buster Posey and closer Santiago Casilla pass the old Main Library, now the Asian Art Museum, on their double deck motorized cable car during the Giants' 2014 World Series victory parade.
    2. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: the the 2014 Giants Victory Parade.
    3. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: A new article about the New York Cable Railway, which was a name shared by a company that tried to create a comprehensive system in Manhattan and a another that built cable traction systems in other cities
    5. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about EJ Lawless , who worked on cable car lines in San Francisco and Kansas City and who was the proprietor of a marvelous mustache
    6. On the More California Street Pictures page: Some new Cal Cable photos around California and Drumm

    Ten years ago this month (November, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: A Pacific Avenue cable train in the 1920's.


    2. Added "The Sutter Street Railway - History and Technology," an article by Walter Rice, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the abandonment of the Pacific Avenue cable line on 17 November.


    3. One new guest article:
    -- Added a newspaper article about the hearing to allow the abandonment of the Pacific Avenue cable car line to the newspaper article page

    Thanks to Walter Rice for allowing me to be the new host of this material
    4. Added a photo of Henry Casebolt's balloon car to the Who page


    5. Added a new article by Walter Rice about the 1950 Broadway Tunnel Construction Project and how it caused the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line to be temporarily replaced by Ford buses. Photos from Robert Townley and Walter Vielbaum.


    6. Added News and Bibliography items about some outages and an accident that occurred in October

    Muni is having a heritage weekend on November 1 and 2.

    125 years ago, on 01-November-1889 (approximately), the Goss Street/16th Street/17th Avenue line of the Denver City Cable Railway opened for service

    125 years ago, on 02-November-1889, the East LA/West LA line of the Los Angeles Cable Railway extended on Downey

    Coming in December, 2014: On the San Francisco Page: A new article about the Sky Tram, San Francisco's only overhead cable car line, which ran from the Cliff House to an observation area at Point Lobos


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) October, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A cable train in Omaha, Nebraska. (Source: "Cable Railways in Omaha," Omaha Daily Bee / Sunday, February 21, 1909.)
    2. On the Other Cities page: A new article on the Cable Tramway Company of Omaha, including a series of 1909 newspaper ads giving the history of public transit in Omaha
    3. On the Chicago page: Clay Street Hill Car 8 was part of the Saint Louis Car Company exhibit at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis.
    4. On the Miscellany page: A new article: Excerpts from Directory of Street Railways in the United States and Canada, 1888
    5. Added News items about a Cal Cable shutdown on 26-September-2014 and a Hyde Street shutdown

    Ten years ago this month (October, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: The header of a Rider Alert card issued during the 2002 Powell/Market Turntable Replacement. The other side was in English. The Bay/Taylor turntable is being replaced this month.


    2. Added the October installment of Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip


    3. Thanks to information from Rich Fill, updated the article about the Park Hill Incline, a funicular in Yonkers.


    4. One new guest article:
    -- Added "The Wire Rope Street Railways of San Francisco, California," an 1881 article by Andrew Hallidie from the Scientific American Supplement, collected by Val Lupiz, with an introduction by Walter Rice.

    Thanks to Val Lupiz for allowing me to be the new host of this material
    5. On the page about the 2002 Powell/Market Street Turntable Replacement page: Scans of a rider alert card in English and Chinese. Also a News item about the current Bay/Taylor turntable replacement


    6. Added News and Bibliography items about some outages that occurred in September

    The 51st Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest did NOT happen on Thursday, 10-July-2014 at Noon in Union Square. The date is still to be determined and may be set now that the SFMTA and the operators' union have signed a new contract.

    125 years ago, on 01-October-1889, the Washington and Summit line of the Kansas City Cable Railway opened for service and the Larimer Street line of the Denver City Cable Railway opened for service

    125 years ago, on 13-October-1889, in Los Angeles, the Second Street Cable Railway had to shut down when the cable broke and the company could not afford a replacement

    125 years ago, on 15-October-1889, a broken cable on Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Incline caused a runaway which killed five people and injured many more

    125 years ago, on 31-October-1889, the south line of the Spokane Cable Railway began service

    50 years ago, on 01-October-1964, the surviving San Francisco cable cars were declared a National Landmark

    25 years ago, on 31-October-1989, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck San Francisco just after 5 PM

    Coming in November, 2014: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey Page: A new article about the New York Cable Railway

    New on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains page, the 2014 Labor Day Railfair at Ardenwood Farm.
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) September, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: New Orleans Canal Street streetcar 2018 outbound at Royal Street in July, 2014. I know, it's not a cable car.
    2. On the Miscellany page: General Beauregard's Cable Car, a new article about an experimental line in New Orleans. Includes lots of photos of streetcars and other items of interest from my recent visit to the Crescent City
    3. On the Who page and the News: The passing of economist and cable car historian George W Hilton
    4. On the Horse Car Home Page: We visited History Park at Kelley Park in San Jose and saw Central Railroad 7, an 1863 San Francisco horse car built in New York by John Stephenson and shipped around the Horn.

    Ten years ago this month (September, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: Grant Dew's photograph of the East Cliff Lift in Hastings, East Sussex, UK.


    2. On the UK page: Thanks to information and photos from Grant Dew, a new article about Cliff Lifts.


    3. On the More Muni photos page: Photos of Car 44 (retired Powell Street car 4) at Pac Bell Park, including a photo taken in August by Walter Rice, and a photo I took in February of the car wrapped in tarps for the winter.


    4. One new guest article:
    -- Added "Market Street Railway Company Past, Present and Future", a 1925 article from the San Francisco News Letter, with an introduction by Walter Rice.

    Thanks to Walter Rice for allowing me to be the new host of this material
    5. Added News and Chronology items about Val Lupiz being named Muni's Runner Up as Systemwide Operator of the Month for July, 2004. Congratulations, Val.


    6. Added more Chronology items


    6. Walter Rice provided another Sutro Railroad ticket for the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets and Tokens page.
    7. Added more Chronology items

    The 51st Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest did NOT happen on Thursday, 10-July-2014 at Noon in Union Square. The date is still to be determined and may be set now that the SFMTA and the operators' union have signed a new contract.

    125 years ago, on 14-September-1889, the East LA/West LA line of the Los Angeles Cable Railway extended to Jefferson.

    125 years ago, on 21-September-1889, the north line of the Spokane Cable Railway began service

    125 years ago, on 28-September-1889, the Westlake Park/Boyle Heights line of the Los Angeles Cable Railway extended to Evergreen

    Coming in October, 2014: On the Other Cities Page: A new article about the Cable Tramway Company of Omaha

    New on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains page, History Park at Kelley Park, San Jose, with rides on a Birney car and a visit with an 1863 San Francisco horse car.
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-August-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) August, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Columbia Railway grip car (source: "Completion of the Cable System of the Columbia Railway, Washington, D. C.", Street Railway Journal, April, 1895.)
    2. On the Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: ?On the Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: Washington DC's Columbia Railway, the last new cable car system built in the United States
    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about Fred W Wood, who was president of the Temple Street Cable Railway of Los Angeles

    Ten years ago this month (August, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: A stamp showing former cable car 72/73 in Douglas, Isle of Man, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the abandonment of the Upper Douglas Cable Tramway.


    2. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the abandonment of the Upper Douglas Cable Tramway, added some new items on the UK page: Articles by Walter Rice about the Isle of Man Railway and the Manx Electric Railway.


    3. Added photos from the 2004 Bell Ringing contest, including photos of all the finalists. Also added more information about the contests from 1985 through 1994, and an article by Muni historian Bob Callwell about the history of the contest: "The Annual Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest - A San Francisco Tradition". I added photos of Cal Cable's Alexander Nielsen, who won the first contest in 1949, and Francesca Cresci, Miss Cable Car 1972


    4. Added two 1892 magazine articles about the end of the original Clay Street Hill Railroad, with and introduction by Walter Rice


    5. One new guest article:
    -- Added "Proper Techniques and Body Positions for Cable Car Gripmen", a 1972 ergonomic memo preserved by RT Murphy to the page with the 1976 "Instructions for Cable Car Operations", also preserved by Bob.

    Thanks to Walter Rice and RT Murphy for allowing me to be the new host of this material
    6. Walter Rice provided another Sutro Railroad ticket for the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets and Tokens page.
    7. Added more Chronology items
    8. Added Search this Site function.

    The 51st Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest did NOT happen on Thursday, 10-July-2014 at Noon in Union Square. The date is still to be determined and may be set now that the SFMTA and the operators' union have signed a new contract.

    125 years ago, on 03-August-1889, The Westlake Park/Boyle Heights line of the Los Angeles Cable Railway opened for service

    Coming in September, 2014: On the Miscellany page: General Beauregard's Cable Car, a new article about an experimental line in New Orleans. Includes lots of photos of streetcars from my recent visit to the Crescent City


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-July-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) July, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Cable Train on Pennsylvania Avenue, passing the White House (source: "The Washington & Georgetown Railroad Co.'s System Completed", Street Railway Journal, September, 1892.)
    2. On the Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: The Washington and Georgetown Railroad
    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about Clift Wise, who helped build many of the lines of the Kansas City Cable Railway. Be sure to check his moustache.
    4. Also on the Who page: Added an ad for Edmund Saxton, a contractor built the tracks and conduits for many lines in Kansas City, Washington DC, Baltimore and Tacoma also a profile of cable railway engineer Daniel Bontecou
    5. On the Horse Car Home Page: Thanks to Yosef Sa'ar, more Horse Car Transit Tokens, including an early one from the Brooklyn and Fruitvale Railroad in what is now Oakland
    6. On the UK page: A contemporary photo of a former depot (car barn) for London's Brixton Cable Tramway
    7. Added News item about a Muni sickout that shut down the cable cars

    Ten years ago this month (July, 2004):

    08-July-2004
    1. Added the results of the 2004 Bell Ringing contest.

    01-July-2004
    1. Picture of the Month: A New York Metropolitan Street Railway cable car


    2. Added some new items on the New York/New Jersey page. Cable Car Run Amuck is an 1893 newspaper article about a runaway cable car on Broadway. Also an article about the Park Hill Incline, a funicular in Yonkers.


    3. Some new guest articles:
    -- The Cable Car Lady & the Mayor by Walter Rice and Val Lupiz on the San Francisco page, an article about the epic battle between Mrs Friedel Klussmann and Mayor Roger Lapham.
    -- The Great Orme Tramway: The Cable Car of Wales, another article by Walter Rice, about the only street-running funicular in the United Kingdom.

    Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz for allowing me to be the new host of this material
    4. Added News and Bibliography items about the party marking the 20th anniversary of the return of the cable cars after the Great Reconstruction

    The 51st Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest is NOT happening on Thursday, 10-July-2014 at Noon in Union Square. The date is still to be determined and may be contingent on successful resolution of contract issues between the SFMTA and the operators' union.

    125 years ago, on 01-July-1889, the Holmes Street line of Kansas City's Grand Avenue Railway opened for service

    Also 125 years ago, on 12-July-1889, the Kansas City Cable Railway extended its Ninth Avenue line to Elmwood Avenue

    Also 125 years ago, on 14-July-1889, a runaway on Cincinnati's Vine Street Cable Railway killed one woman and injured several other people

    Coming in August, 2014: On the new Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: Washington DC's Columbia Railway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) June, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Cal Cable Car 60 laying over between Davis and Drumm in May, 2014
    2. On the Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: The Baltimore City Passenger Railway
    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about AN Connett, who helped build the Druid Hill Avenue line of the Baltimore Traction Company and who served as chief engineer of the Baltimore City Passenger Railway. Be sure to check his moustache.
    4. Also on the Who page: Added Augustine W Wright, who designed the Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway
    5. On the Horse Car Home Page: Thanks to Yosef Sa'ar, a new section on Horse Car Transit Tokens
    6. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, cable cars in the 2014 San Francisco Carnaval Parade.
    7. On the More California Street Pictures page: A photo of Cal Cable car 60 at California and Drumm
    8. On the Other California Cities page: A funny story from the Street Railway Journal about a Texas man's first ride on a Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway cable car
    9. Updated News item about California Street Cable Railroad car 11 up for auction
    10. Added News item about the reopening of the Wells Fargo History Museum and a model of a Clay Street Hill Railroad cable car

    Ten years ago this month (June, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: Program marking the return of the cable cars in 1984


    2. Some new guest articles:
    -- Added 20-Years of Being Back and Building for the Future, a new essay by Val Lupiz and Walter Rice, about the return of the cable cars after the 1982-1984 reconstruction on the San Francisco page.
    -- Cable Car Transfers, Tickets and Tokens by Walter Rice. With a new 1970's child's ticket
    -- TOWED BY RAIL, an 1878 Saint Nicholas Magazine article about cable cars, from Tom Ehrenreich's much-missed Railroad Extra site.

    Thanks to Val Lupiz, Walter Rice and Tom Ehrenreich for allowing me to be the new host of this material
    3. Added the June installment of Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip (br>4. Added News and Bibliography items about the California cable car shutdown and the passing of Arnold Gridley

    125 years ago, on 01-June-1889, the Jackson Street line of the Sioux City Cable Railway opened for service

    Also 125 years ago, on 08-June-1889, the East LA/West LA line of the Los Angeles Cable Railway opened for service

    Coming in July, 2014: On the new Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: Washington DC's Washington and Georgetown Railroad


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) May, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Baltimore Traction Company Car 8. (source: Street Railways: Their Construction, Operation and Maintenance by CB Fairchild)
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: The Baltimore Traction Company. Cable traction did not arrive in Baltimore until 1891, after all other US cities except Tacoma.
    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about JCH Stut, who worked on most of the San Francisco lines
    4. Added News item about California Street Cable Railroad car 11 up for auction

    Ten years ago this month (May, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: People protest the end of the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line


    2. Added newspaper articles about the decision to abandon most of the former Cal Cable system, the last days of the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line, the cutback of the California Street mainline, and Proposition E. (br>3. Added a new essay by Walter Rice about Gellett Burgesss' poem "The Ballad of the Hyde Street Grip", with a recorded reading by Craig Hulsebos of KEAR radio. Also updated the Cal Cable page.


    4. Some new guest articles:
    -- Is It "Mahoney" or "Mahony?", an essay by Walter Rice
    -- San Francisco Cable Car Chronology by Walter Rice
    -- SAN FRANCISCO: that was THE CITY that was by Val Golding

    Thanks to Val Golding and Walter Rice for allowing me to be the new host of this material

    125 years ago, on 12-May-1889, a Seattle Front Street Cable Railway car lost the cable and ran away. One passenger was thrown out of the car on a curve and killed

    Coming in June, 2014: On the new Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: The Baltimore City Passenger Railway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) April, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Jonathan Milne made this beautiful model of a Melbourne cable tram
    2. On the Cable Car Models page: Models of Melbourne cable trams by Jonathan Milne
    3. On the Kitsch page: A die cut postcard; another Disney Vinylmation figure; an elongated penny; a Peninsula Coin Club medal; a Buddy Guy album cover ; a Giants pin ; another menu from the California Zephyr's Cable Car Room ;
    4. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about DJ Miller, who invented the duplicate cable system used by Manhattan's Third Avenue Railroad and the Kansas City Cable Railway
    5. Added News item about the fourth annual San Francisco History Expo
    6. On the Cable Car Businesses page, the closing of Joe's Cable Car Restaurant. Also a News item.
    7. On the Decorated Cable Cars page, the 2014 Saint Patrick's Day Parade
    8. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to deatil view of the cabin of 514

    Ten years ago this month (April, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: A detail from a magazine ad showing 519 at Powell and Market


    2. A new guest article:
    - Instructions for Cable Car Operations (collected by RT Murphy)
    - Thanks to RT Murphy and Walter Rice for allowing me to be the host of this material


    3. Added the April installment of Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip


    4. New items on the Kitsch page: including magazine ads and items from the 1982-1984 Great Reconstruction


    5. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to Bachman HO 4


    6. Added Bibliography items

    125 years ago, on 12-April-1889, the Butte City Street Railroad started service

    125 years ago, on 30-April-1889, the Temple Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles opened an extension to Hoover Street

    Coming in May, 2014: On the Cable Car Lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore page: The Baltimore Traction Company


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/



    Subject: (tan) March, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: The Pittsburgh Traction Company's double reverse curve on Soho Hill. (Source: "Pittsburgh and Allegheny,"from "Pittsburgh and Allegheny")
    2. On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: Excerpts from "Pittsburgh and Allegheny," an article from the October, 1891 Street Railway Journal about street railways in the two cities
    3. On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: A new article about the Allegheny Portage Railroad, the first railroad to cross the Alleghenys, using inclined planes
    4. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about MK Bowen, who worked on the Kansas City Cable Railway and the Chicago City Railway
    5. Added News items about the Chinese New Year Parade and proposed fare gouging on the F line

    Ten years ago this month (March, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: An elevator full of grips at Washington/Mason


    2. Some new guest articles:
    - Historic American Engineering Record, San Francisco Cable Car System (assembled by Alan Kline)
    - Cal Cable's Hyde and California Street Car Barn and Powerhouse by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echevarria
    - San Francisco Cable Car - The Gripping Tale of an Aged Compact, an April, 1962 Road and Track article collected by Val Lupiz
    - Thanks to Allan Kline, Val Lupiz, Walter Rice, and Emiliano Echevarria for allowing me to be the host of this material


    3. Rolled out new page: More Muni Photos, including photos taken around Washington/Mason

    125 years ago, on 09-March-1889, a car of Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway fell off a trestle, injuring ten people

    125 years ago, on 13-March-1889, Seattle's Front Street Cable Railway started service

    Coming in March, 2014: More collectible junk on the Kitsch page.

    Also Coming in April, 2014: On the Cable Car Models page: A beautiful model of a Melbourne cable tram


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 28-February-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) February, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy Lunar New Year, everyone. I just put the February, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A postcard view of the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway. "Mount Jefferson plane."
    2. On the Pennsylvania page: A new article about the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, one of America's oldest railroads and one of the inspirations for the roller coaster. Includes information about other gravity rail operations.
    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about Howard C Holmes, who worked on the Powell Street lines in San Francisco, and lines in Oakland, Spokane, and Seattle
    4. On the Cable Car Businesses page, an announcement of the closing of Joe's Cable Car Restaurant. Also a News item.
    5. Added News item about cable cars being pulled from the streets because of a 49ers championship game
    6. Added Other Transit and Railway Sites link to American Railroad History by Margarita Hakobyan.

    Ten years ago this month (February, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: Last day of the Jones Street Shuttle


    2. Add newspaper articles about the last days of the California Street Cable Railroad's Jones Street Shuttle and updated the Cal Cable page


    3. Updated my article about the 2003 Cable Car Bell Ringing Invitational with information from its organizer, Nick Tomizawa


    4. Add information about the retirement of old car 28 and the rollout of new car 28 to the roster page


    5. Add News item about Cable Car Division Senior Luncheon


    6. Add a photo of the former powerhouse and information about the discovery of a turntable base to the Consolidated Piedmont Cable Company article on the Other California Cities page

    75 years ago, on 18-February-1939, The Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) opened on San Francisco's Treasure Island

    This year we will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the 50th anniversary of the cable cars being declared a national landmark, the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition and the 125th anniversary of the one day of operation of Kansas City's Union Cable Railway and the massive storm which ended operation of the Second Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles.

    Coming in March, 2014: On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: A new article about the Allegheny Portage Railroad


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) January, 2014 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy New Year, everyone. I just put the January, 2014 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A postcard view of the steep Johnstown Inclined Plane
    2. On the Pennsylvania page: A new article about the Johnstown Inclined Plane
    3. On the Who page: Added an obituary for incline engineer Samuel Diescher. Also added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about Winthrop Bartlett, who worked on several of the cable car lines in Saint Louis
    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page, a photo of Cal Cable 52 decorated for Christmas 2013
    5. Archived October 2013 What's New, 2013 Anniversaries, and July-December 2012 News items.

    Ten years ago this month (January, 2004):


    1. Picture of the Month: GSPO terminal at Geary and Kearney


    2. Add newspaper articles about the last days of the Geary Street, Park and Ocean and updated the GSPO page


    3. Add new page about Decorated Cable Cars


    4. Add article about Ray McCann to the Who page


    5. Add News item about Cable Car Division Senior Luncheon


    6. Archived October 2003 What's New, 2003 Anniversaries, and old news items.

    75 years ago, on 01-January, 1939, the Market Street Railway raised its fare to seven cents. Rival Muni stayed at five cents. This helped to kill some of the surviving cable car lines

    This year we will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the 50th anniversary of the cable cars being declared a national landmark, the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition and the 125th anniversary of the one day of operation of Kansas City's Union Cable Railway and the massive storm which ended operation of the Second Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles.

    Coming in February, 2014: On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: A new article about the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, one of America's oldest railroads and one of the inspirations for the roller coaster


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2014)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-October-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-October-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
    http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/


    Subject: (tan) December, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Pittsburgh's Monongahela inclines. The freight incline is on the left and the passenger incline is on the right. The passenger incline still operates today
    2. On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: The Pittsburgh Inclines, Pittsburgh's still-functioning funiculars, including "The Inclined Planes", an 1891 article from the Street Railway Journal
    3. Thanks to Keith Anderson, on the Cable Car Lines in the UK page, new photos of the Glasgow District Subway's Scotland Street powerhouse and a new exhibit at the Glasgow Riverside Museum. Keith is writing a book and is looking for photos of stations taken before 1950. Thanks to John Dabrowski for some memories of the subway.
    4. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about James W Harris, who worked for the California Street Cable Railroad for more than 60 years
    5. ?With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page. Thanks to Val Lupiz, we have photos of car 25 decorated for Christmas 2013.
    6. ?Added News item about a visit by President Obama to the Chinatown Rec Center and its affect on the cable cars

    Ten years ago this month (December, 2003):


    1. Picture of the Month: Christmas tree with cable cars


    2. Added the December installment of Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip


    3. On the San Francisco page: Added photos of Christmas decorations to Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables

    Coming in January, 2014: On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: A new article about the Johnstown Inclined Plane


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-October-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-October-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) November, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Two cars of Pittsburgh's Central Traction Company ran into a political parade. (Source: "Cut to Pieces by Cable Cars," The Pittsburg Dispatch, 16-October-1892.)
    2. On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: On the Pennsylvania page: The Central Traction Company, Pittsburgh's third Hallidie-type cable car line, including newspaper articles about a terrible accident in 1892
    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about cable traction pioneer Andrew S Hallidie.
    4. Also on the Who page: Added a photo of a marker on the Ferry building to the article on Howard C Holmes.
    5. On the More California Street Pictures page: Several nice photos I took in May and June, 2007
    6. Added News item about a mysterious package in Union Square that caused a Powell Street cable car shutdown

    Ten years ago this month (November, 2003):


    1. Picture of the Month: Paris cable tram


    2. On the Other Cities page: Paris - Tramway Funiculaire de Belleville, the only Hallidie-type cable line in France


    3. "Le Tramway Funiculaire De Belleville", my attempt at translating an 1890 magazine article about the line


    4. Added photos to my article about the 40th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest


    5. Added banner and News item about raffle to support Cable Car Division Senior Luncheon

    New on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains page: The dedication of the new San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum.
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in December, 2013: On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: A new article about Pittsburgh inclines


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-October-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-October-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) October, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: The interior of the Citizens Traction Company's new carhouse at Penn and Franklin Avenues. (Source: The Street Railway Journal, April, 1894. Volume XI, Number 4.)


    2. On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: The Citizens Traction Company, Pittsburgh's second Hallidie-type cable car line, including a nice The Street Railway Journal article about "A Modern Car House"


    3. Added News item about the a derailment on Angels Flight in Los Angeles

    Ten years ago this month (October, 2003):


    1. Picture of the Month: Belding silk ad with Chicago cable train


    2. On the Chicago page: "Memories" a poem by Franklin P Adams. Also more images, including a stereo view of State and Madison.


    3. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page, updated article about Tacoma's Steve's Cable Car Room. Thanks to Ron Gates for information and photos about the disposition of the cable car booths.


    4. On the California Street Cable Railroad page, I added an item about a former Cal Cable car which was being prepared to promote a restaurant in Portland, Oregon


    5. Added an article about the 40th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

    125 years ago, on 09-October-1888, the Pittsburgh Traction Company started service on its entire line

    Also 125 years ago, on 11-October-1888, the Melbourne Tramways & Omnibus Company started service on its Brighton Road line

    Also 125 years ago, on 23-October-1888, Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway began service on its 18th-19th Streets line

    Also 125 years ago, on 26-October-1888, the Melbourne Tramways & Omnibus Company started service on its Prahran line

    100 years ago, on 13-October-1813, the last cable car ran in Kansas City, on the Metropolitan Street Railway's 12th Street line

    Coming in November, 2013: On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: A new article about Pittsburgh's Central Traction Company


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-July-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-September-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) September, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A cartoon from the 01-January-1889 Pittsburg Dispatch shows the new and the old of Pittsburg. "Cable cars to all parts of the city" is part of the new. Pittsburgh tried to drop the "h" for a time in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.


    2. On the Pennsylvania page: The Pittsburgh Traction Company, Pittsburgh's first Hallidie-type cable car line


    3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about prolific cable traction engineer Arthur D Whitton. Also Henry Casebolt's profile


    4. On the Horse Car Home Page: A 1927 Photoplay photo from Harold Lloyd's movie Speedy


    5. Added News item about Cal Cable tracks and conduit dug up near Scott Street

    Ten years ago this month (September, 2003):


    1. Picture of the Month: A rainy day at Hayes and Van Ness in 1890


    2. Added more photos to the Market Street Cable Railway and More Market Street Pictures pages.


    3. Thumbnailed pictures on page with excerpt from "South of the Slot" by Jack London


    4. Rolled out new page about the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest


    5. Added information about new cable car fares.


    5. Added 1903 phone numbers for several SF companies.

    125 years ago, on 08-September-1888, the pioneering Clay Street Hill Railroad was purchased by the Ferries and Cliff House Railway.

    Also 125 years ago, on 19-September-1888, the Ferries and Cliff House Railway begins service on the Sacramento line, from the Ferry via Sacramento to Powell, Jackson to Central Avenue (now Presidio) and California. Return via Central Avenue, Jackson, Steiner, Washington Streets, Stockton, Clay to the Ferry. The Eastern terminal of the former Clay Street Hill Railroad was cut back to Powell from Kearny with transfer privileges to the Sacramento line and both Powell lines.

    Also 125 years ago, on 27-September-1888, the first cable car line in Seattle, the Seattle City Railway line on Yesler Way, began service.

    Coming in October, 2013: On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: A new article about Pittsburgh's Citizens Traction Company


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-July-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) August, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A diagram giving details of J. P. F. Kuhlmann's counterbalance system, used to move electric streetcars up and down hills in Seattle and Portland. (Source: "Kuhlmann's Counterbalance System of Operating Electric Cars on Steep Grades", Electrical Engineer, July 19, 1893.).


    2. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More about Seattle and Portland Counterbalances, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal.


    3. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page, added more about the 50th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest


    4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Added screen captures from Buster Keaton's "Daydreams", with Powell/Mason cable cars and one electric streetcar.

    Ten years ago this month (August, 2003):


    1. Picture of the Month: Seattle, Second and Madison


    2. Added the August installment of Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip


    3. Added more about Seattle cable cars and counterbalances to the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page.


    4. Added Disney pin and Italian Charm to the Kitsch page.


    5. Added photos to the SF Muni page: Washington/Jackson and old Powell/Mason dash signs and on the Ferries & Cliff House Railway page a Sacramento/Clay sign, all thanks to Val Lupiz

    125 years ago, on 06-August-1888, Kansas City's Peoples' Cable Railway revised its Brooklyn Avenue line

    Coming in September, 2013: On the Cable Cars in Pennsylvania page: A new article about the Pittsburgh Traction Company, Pittsburgh's first Hallidie-type cable car line


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-July-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-June-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) July, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A neon cable car shines in the window of Joe's Cable Car Restaurant, near Mission and Silver.


    2. On the Cable Car Businesses page: A visit to Joe's Cable Car Restaurant (no relation)


    3. On the Horse Car Home Page: Screen captures from "The Bell Boy", a 1917 short comedy with Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St John and a horse car


    4. Also on the Horse Car Home Page: A new book about horse cars at Walt Disney World


    5. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page, added potential date for the 50th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest and the name of the winner of the 1971 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

    Ten years ago this month (July, 2003):


    1. Picture of the Month: The Skagit Incline


    2. Add the Skagit Incline to the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page.


    3. Added photos to the SF Muni page: dash signs and a sign in Chinese, and some highlights from Muni's 2003 draft Short Range Transit Plan


    4. Added News and Bibliography items about an accident on Powell Street and a Cal Cable shutdown. Added news item about the retirement of Cable Car Division's Saddati Ahmad

    Coming in August, 2013: On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More about Seattle and Portland Counterbalances


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-June-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) June, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: In an editorial cartoon from the 04-June-1913 San Francisco Call, Mr Public apparently operates a Sutter Street electric car to the Ferry and bids G-o-o-d Night to the horse car as it makes its way to the junk pile.


    2. On the Horse Car Home Page: 03-June-2013 is the 100th anniversary of the last schedule horse car to run in San Francisco. Includes a contemporary newspaper article, with illustrations, on the event


    3. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More about the Butte City Street Railroad, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal.


    4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Tony Turrittin, added I Remember Mama


    5. Added News items about Secret San Francisco, a film show that included many cable car views, an article about cable cars being dangerous, and the revised SFMTA website, which includes a page on How to Ride Cable Cars

    Ten years ago this month (June, 2003):
    1. Move to new domain: www.cable-car-guy.com


    2. Picture of the Month: Butte cable car


    3. Add the Butte City Street Railroad to the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page.


    4. Added more photos to my illustrated article about the California Street Cable Railroad 125th anniversary.


    5. Added News items about the Carnaval Parade, with a photo by Val Lupiz, who drove car 62, and a serious accident on the California Street cable line.

    125 years ago, on 27-Jun-1888, Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway extended its Sycamore Street line

    100 years ago, on 03-Jun-1913, the last horse car ran in San Francisco

    Coming in July, 2013: On the Market Street Railway Page: An illustrated 1899 newspaper article about a collision between a Fillmore Street electric car and a Sutter Street cable train


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) May, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Cable car crewmen hold trays with the rings as a motorized cable car rolls down the third base line


    2. On the Motorized Cable Cars page: The San Francisco Giants' 2012 World Series Ring Ceremony


    3. On the Cal Cable page: Transit historian Ray Long shares his memories of more than 60 years of Cal Cable


    4. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More about the Spokane Cable Railway, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal


    5. Added News and Bibliography items about cable cars taking funding away from other transportation

    Ten years ago this month (May, 2003):
    1. Picture of the Month: South Spokane cable car


    2. Added Val Lupiz's new column, Tales From the Grip to the San Francisco Miscellany page. Thanks to Val for choosing to host his column here


    3. Add the Spokane Cable Railway to the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page


    4. Added an illustrated article about the California Street Cable Railroad 125th anniversary. Also added Bibliography items about the party


    5. Added News and Bibliography items about Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria's new book "San Francisco's California Street Cable Car/Celebrating a Century and a Quarter of Service"

    125 years ago, on 22-May-1888, Kansas City's Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit Company began service on its Riverview line in Kansas City, Kansas

    Also 125 years ago, on 29-May-1888, Kansas City's Peoples' Cable Railway began service on its Brooklyn Avenue line

    Coming in June, 2013: On the Pacific Northwest Page: More about the Butte City Street Railroad, including contemporary articles from The Street Railway Journal

    Also coming in June, 2013: The 100th anniversary of the last horse car to run in San Francisco in regular service


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) April, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A pin which commemorates the San Francisco Giants' defeat of the Texas Rangers in the 2012 World Series.


    2. On the Kitsch page: A Powell Street centennial commemorative coin; a 2012 World Series commemorative pin; a pin for the Giants 1987 National League West championship; a tin cable car with its original box; a 1957 cachet with a State Street Chicago cable car; a 2011 stamp from Malaysia showing the Penang Hills Funicular Railway a program from the 1967 Cable Car Classic basketball tournament; a Christmas ornament with Woodstock sitting on a cable car; a 2009 Hard Rock Cafe pin; a new section for San Francisco Giants Cable Car Items


    3. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to Number 514.


    4. Added News item about water main break that affected cable service


    4. Added News item about the third annual San Francisco History Expo

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    Ten years ago this month (April, 2003):
    1. Picture of the Month: Cal Cable centennial cachet


    2. California Street Cable Railroad 125th anniversary. More pictures on the More Cal Cable Pictures page.


    3. Add more items, especially special Muni passes and Lefton models to the Kitsch page.


    4. Add excerpt from book Travels With Jottings, which describes an 1880 trip on the California Street Cable Railroad


    5. Add information about new car 60 to the roster page


    6. Add News items about anti-war protests


    7. Change toy cable car picture on the main page to wood and metal Cal Cable 4.

    125 years ago, on 05-April-1888, the Ferries and Cliff House Railway began service on the Powell/Mason line to Bay and Taylor and the Washington/Jackson line via Powell line from Powell and Market to Central (now Presidio) Avenue and California Street via Jackson outbound and Central Avenue, Jackson, Steiner, Washington and Powell inbound

    Also 125 years ago, on 07-April-1888, Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway began service on its 12th Street line. On 13-April-1888, the Valley City Street and Cable Railway (Grand Rapids, MI) started cable service. On 24-April-1888, Kansas City's Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit Company began service on its elevated line.

    75 years ago, on 08-April-1938, the cable car line of the former Tacoma Railway and Motor Company made its last run

    Coming in May, 2013: On the Pacific Northwest Page: More about the Spokane Cable Railway, including contemporary articles from The Street Railway Journal


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) March, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Looking up the Eleventh Street hill in Tacoma as a cable car climbs the hill. (Source: "Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Astoria," The Street Railway Journal, May, 1893. Volume IX, Number 5.)


    2. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More pictures and information about the Tacoma Railway and Motor Company, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal.


    3. Added "The Sprague Electric Railway System" to Selected Articles from Manufacturer and Builder (As we noted last month, 125 years ago, in February, 1888, Frank J Sprague's Richmond Union Passenger Railway electric installation in Richmond, Virginia opened).


    4. Added News item about an accident on Powell Street and updated news item about the work at California and Drumm

    Ten years ago this month (March, 2003):
    1. Picture of the Month: Tacoma, Washington cable car


    2. Add the Tacoma Railway and Motor Company to the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page. Also article about Tacoma's Steve's Cable Car Room.


    3. Add News items about anti-war protest and Chinese New Year.

    Lots of anniversaries this month. 125 years ago on 06-March-1888, Newark's Essex Passenger Railway/Newark and Irvington Street Railway started service on its experimental line using the Rasmussen "chain pump" non-grip. On 13-March-1888, Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway started service on its Sycamore Street line. On 24-March-1888, the Birmingham Central Tramways Company began service on its Colmore Row line. On 26-March-1888, the North Chicago Street Railroad began service on its Clark and Wells Street lines.

    Most important of all, 125 years ago on 28-March-1888, the Ferries and Cliff House Railway began service on Powell Street from Market to Jackson. 25 years ago, on 28-March-1988, a parade and festival at Union Square marked the 100th birthday of the Powell Street cable lines.

    Coming in April, 2013: New items on the Kitsch page, including a 2012 World Series pin.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 28-February-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) February, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Looking up Portland's great trestle from the powerhouse. (Source: "Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Astoria," The Street Railway Journal, May, 1893. Volume IX, Number 5.)


    2. More about the 100th birthday of the San Francisco Municipal Railway


    3. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More pictures and information about Portland cable cars, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal.


    4. On the Cable Car Models page, a paper model of a California Street cable car by Wurlington Bros. Also a News item


    5. On the San Francisco page: Added a photo I took of Greenwich Street, the route of the Telegraph Hill Railroad


    6. Added News item about the cable-driven automated people mover being built to connect BART and the Oakland Airport and work going on around the inner terminal of the California Street cable line


    7. Added San Francisco and California History Sites link to ThinkWalks

    Ten years ago this month (February, 2003):
    1. Picture of the Month: Portland, Oregon cable car


    2. Add the Portland Cable Railway to the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page


    3. Thumbnail pictures on the California Street Cable Railroad and More California Street Pictures pages.


    4. Add News and Bibliography items about proposed fare increase.

    125 years ago on 02-February-1888, Frank J Sprague's Richmond Union Passenger Railway electric installation in Richmond, VA opened. This marked the beginning of the end for cable cars. On 09-February-1888, Cincinnati's Vine Street Cable Railway extended its Vine Street line. On 27-February-1888, the Market Street Cable Railway opened the Castro cable line from the Ferry via Valencia and Market to 26th and Castro.

    Coming in March, 2013: On the Pacific Northwest page: More about the Tacoma Railway and Motor Company's cable car line, part of an integrated system


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) January, 2013 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy new year, everyone.

    I just put the January, 2013 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Looking up Seattle's Madison Street Hill. A Front Street Cable Railway car crosses on First Street. (Source: "Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Astoria," The Street Railway Journal, May, 1893. Volume IX, Number 5.


    2. More about the 100th birthday of the San Francisco Municipal Railway


    3. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More pictures and information about Seattle cable cars, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal.


    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: More cable cars decorated for Christmas 2012.


    5. Added News item about a new book from the Friends of the Cable Car Museum

    Ten years ago this month (January, 2003):
    1. Picture of the Month: Seattle cable car at Second and Madison


    2. Roll out the new Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page with more pictures and information about Seattle cable cars.


    3. Add more photos of the Powell Street Turntable Replacement

    150 years ago on 01-January-1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation. On 09-January-1863, the Central Pacific Railroad broke ground in Sacramento.

    125 years ago on 10-January-1888, the Philadelphia Traction Company revised its Fairmount Park line. On 28-January-1888, the Edinburgh Northern Cable Tramways started service on its Trinity line.

    100 years ago, on 16-January-1863, Professor Thaddeus S C Lowe, who built the Mount Lowe Incline, died.

    Coming in January, 2013: On the Pacific Northwest Page: On the Pacific Northwest page: More about the Portland Cable Railway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2013)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-November-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com



    Subject: (tan) December, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: The opening day of the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Source: San Francisco Call, 29-December-1912).


    2. Rolled out a new article on the 100th birthday of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, including a history of the company, selected articles from the Street Railway Journal, and photos from a historic vehicle festival


    3. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: A new article about the Orange Mountain Cable Railway, a funicular with a unique style of car


    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable cars decorated for Christmas 2012, and a photo of a sign from the The 2012 Giants Victory Parade.


    5. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page.


    6. Added News item about the dedication of refurbished Powell Street car 26

    Ten years ago this month (December, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: New Powell/Market turntable


    2. Add the Beach Pneumatic Subway to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.


    3. Add article about the Powell Street Turntable Replacement to the San Francisco page.


    4. Added photos and thumbnailed others on the Clay Street Hill Railroad page. Also expanded added photos and expanded article on Andrew S Hallidie on the Who page.


    5. Add photos to the News items about the bell ringing contest and Powell Street turntable replacement.

    125 years ago on 15-December-1887, the main line of Kansas City's Grand Avenue Railway was extended.

    On 20-December-1887, Henry Root brought suit against the North Chicago Street Railroad for patent infringement.

    Coming in January, 2013: On the Pacific Northwest Page: More pictures and information about Seattle cable cars.

    On my Park Trains page, the 2012 Labor Day Railfair at Ardenwood Farm.
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-November-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) November, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: The John Stephenson Company built this cable car for Manhattan's Metropolitan Street Railroad (Source: "Notes on the Broadway, New York, Cable Railway", The Street Railway Journal, July, 1893).


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the Metropolitan Street Railway, including selected articles from the Street Railway Journal


    3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: The 2012 Giants Victory Parade


    4. On the Other California Cities page: A new article about animated cable car murals at Disney California Adventure. See California Street cars on North Point and Haight Street. Psychedelic


    5. Added News item about the upcoming dedication of refurbished Powell Street car 26

    Ten years ago this month (November, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Metropolitan Street Railway cable car


    2. Add the Metropolitan Street Railway to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.


    3. Also added a photo of Brooklyn Heights Railroad cable cars on Montague Street.


    4. Add News items about bell ringing contest and Powell Street shutdown.

    125 years ago on 17-November-1887, the Troost Avenue line of the Kansas City Cable Railway started service.

    On 22-November-1887, the Cottage Grove Avenue line of the Chicago City Railway was extended.

    Coming in December, 2012: New on the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: The Orange Mountain, New Jersey Cable Incline Railway.

    On my Park Trains page, the Red Car line at Disney California Adventure, a tribute to the Pacific Electric:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-October-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) October, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: The first cable car to run on Manhattan's Third Avenue Railroad. (Source: "Starting the Cable Cars on Third Avenue, New York", The Street Railway Journal, January, 1894).


    2. Added results and videos of the 49th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest


    3. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the Third Avenue Railroad, including selected articles from the Street Railway Journal

    Ten years ago this month (October, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Third Avenue, New York, parlor car


    2. Add the Third Avenue Railroad to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.


    3. Add News and Bibliography items about an assault on a gripman and rededication of Seattle's Iron Pergola.


    4. On the How Do Cable Cars Work page: An ask.com billboard that asks "How Do Cable Cars Work?" Try that query on ask.com and you'll find this site on the first page of results.

    125 years ago on 02-October-1887, the Mount Adams and Eden Park Ry (Cincinatti, OH) had a serious accident because the cable looped around the grip.

    On 12-October-1887, a runaway car of the Kansas City Cable Railway smashed into a carriage occupied by President Grover Cleveland and his wife. Two members of the crowd were seriously hurt, and members of the crowd considered lynching the car's crew. The police rescued them.

    On 27-October-1887, the Wyandotte line of Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway was extended.

    Coming in October, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about Manhattan's Metropolitan Street Railroad


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-May-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) September, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A view of the Brooklyn Terminal of the Brooklyn Bridge Railway from the February, 1897 Street Railway Journal: "The Bridge Transportation System Between New York and Brooklyn".


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the New York and Brooklyn Bridge Railway, a cable-driven rapid transit line, including a detailed article in the February, 1897 Street Railway Journal: "The Bridge Transportation System Between New York and Brooklyn".


    3. On the Cable Car Businesses page and the News, an item and photo about Cable Car Clothiers moving back to Sutter Street


    4. On the More Muni Photos page: screencaps from a webcam back in 2002. Powell/Mason cable cars, motorized cable cars, Milan cars, Melbourne 496 and a glimpse of PCC 1054 (Philly Cream Cheese) before it was wrecked in 2003

    Ten years ago this month (September, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Brooklyn Bridge cross section


    2. Add the New York and Brooklyn Bridge Railway, a cable-driven rapid transit line, to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.


    3. Add an article about the Malayasian Penang Hills Funicular Railway to the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand. I know it is not in Australia or New Zealand, but it's in the same hemisphere and Ric Francis, who kindly provided the information and the illustrations, is Australian.


    4. Add photo of Byron Cobb to News item about Union Square reopening.


    4. Add cable diameter measurement to How page.

    After a boycott by gripmen and conductors in 2010 and a complete cancellation in 2011, it looks as if the cable car bell ringing contest will happen on Thursday, September 6. I hope to be there. This would be the 50th annual contest, if we don't count the gaps.

    Coming in October, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about Manhattan's Third Avenue Railroad


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-May-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) August, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Great Orme Tramway cars 4 and 5 in the passing loop on the lower section of the line. (Source: "The Great Orme Tramway: The Cable Car of Wales" by Walter Rice Ph.D. Photo by Walter Rice. All rights reserved.)


    2. On the UK page: More about the Great Orme Tramway, a unique street-running funicular in Llandudno Wales

    Ten years ago this month (August, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Great Orme car 5 entering Victoria Station


    2. Add Llandudno Wales's Great Orme Tramway, a unique street-running funicular, to the UK page, in honor of the 100th anniversary of its lower section.


    3. Add News item about Union Square reopening and date for bell ringing contest.


    4. Walter Rice pointed out that it was never the "California Street Cable Railway", so I changed it to "Railroad" in various places.

    Coming in September, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: New York and Brooklyn Bridge Railway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-May-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) July, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Proposal for a cable-driven elevated railway. (Source: Exposé of the Facts Concerning the Proposed Elevated Patent Railway. 1866.).


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, including an image from an 1867 proposal and an 1869 newspaper article with technical details and lists of investors and company officers: - The Elevated Railway; Successful Trial TTrips of the West Side Railroad in Greenwich-Street (New York Times, Tuesday, September 7, 1869)


    3. Added date for the 2012 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

    Ten years ago this month (July, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Charles T Harvey testing his West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway.


    2. Add Manhattan's West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a pre-Hallidie cable line and the first elevated railway, to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.


    3. Add article about Charles T Harvey to the Who page


    4. Add two articles about the 1949 Cal Cable strike to the Newspaper article page


    5. Add Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1870-1879) to the Miscellany page. This contains many articles about early els in New York.


    6. Add News item about reconstruction of Seattle's Iron Pergola.

    New on my San Francisco Bay Ferryboats page: A new Alameda-Oakland-Oyster Point (South San Francisco) service and a BART disaster: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    Coming in August, 2012: On the Cable Trams in the UK page: More about the Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno, Wales


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-May-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) June, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Brooklyn Heights Railroad Montague Street cable cars at the Wall Street Ferry terminal, from the 18-July-1897 New York Tribune


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the Brooklyn Heights Railroad, including items from the Street Railway Journal


    3. On the Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: Added two Street Railway Journal items about Cleveland's Brooklyn Street Railroad/South Side Railway, both owned by Tom L Johnson, one of which had an experimental cable installation using the Johnson Ladder Cable System


    4. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal and an obituary from Railway Age and Northwestern Railroader about cable traction engineer Robert Gillham

    Ten years ago this month (June, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Warning sign at Washington/Mason barn


    2. Add Brooklyn's Brooklyn Heights Railroad to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.


    3. Roll out new page of newspaper articles about cable cars, with articles about the end of the Pacific Avenue line and a 1935 accident at Powell and California.


    4. Add photos to the San Francisco Municipal Railway page and make images into thumbnails. Also thumbnailed photos on roster page. Mentioned car 524's 1950 visit to LA.


    5. Add grip and yoke photos to the How page and add link to cable car bell wav file. Also add background sound to cover page.


    6. Add News and bibliography items about California Street cable break and new cable car book.


    7. Split Links and Selected Articles from Manufacturer and Builder (3/ 4) pages into two pages because of new Geocities page size limit.

    New on my Park Trains page: Two ads for National Amusement Devices Company locomotives
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    New on my San Francisco Bay Ferryboats page: A new Alameda-Oakland-Oyster Point (South San Francisco) service is scheduled to launch on June 4: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    Coming in July, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about Charles T Harvey's West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a pre-Hallidie cable line and the first elevated railway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-May-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) May, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Milton Wheaton's patent for his ladder cable system. The "griper"


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the experimental cable car installation of the Brooklyn Cable Company, including items from the Street Railway Journal


    3. On the Miscellany page: More updates to my article about Non-Grip and Shallow Conduit Systems, with more about the Tom L Johnson ladder cable system, including Milton Wheaton's patent 192314 and images from Tom L Johson's patent 317,139

    Ten years ago this month (May, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Former Omnibus Railroad cable car used as passenger car on the Mill Valley & Mount Tamalpais Railroad.


    2. Add Brooklyn's Brooklyn Cable Company to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.

    Add photos to the Omnibus Railroad page and make images into thumbnails. Add Sanborn maps of the powerhouses. Add more items, especially transfers and tokens to the Kitsch page.


    4. Add photo of Fannie Barnes to the Who page


    5. Thanks to Len Foley for pointing out that my Dunedin photographs were of the Maryhill and not the Roslyn line. Thanks to Walter Rice for pointing out some errors in my Muni page


    6. Add obituary for engineer Bud Meyers to Bibliography.

    125 years ago, on 12-May-1887, the Wyandotte line of Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway opened for service.

    100 years ago, 05-May-1912 was the last day of operation of the Geary Street Park & Ocean Railway. Read about it in two contemporary newspaper articles:
    - Geary Cars Slated for the Morgue (San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, May 5, 1912)
    - The Passing of the Geary Street Cable Road (San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, May 6, 1912)

    New on my Park Trains page: Four 1960 ads for Chance Manufacturing locomotives including the popular C P Huntington replica
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in June, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the highly successful Brooklyn Heights Railroad


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-April-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) April, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Charles B Fairchild's patent for his twin-cable system


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the experimental cable car installation on Binghamton's Washington Street & State Asylum Railroad, including items from the Street Railway Journal and Popular Mechanics.


    3. On the Miscellany page: More updates to my article about Non-Grip and Shallow Conduit Systems, with more about the Fairchild non-grip system, including Fairchild's Patent 300,236


    4. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: Added a photo of a former Newark PCC now running in San Francisco


    5. On the Kitsch page: A pin commemorating the Giants' 2010 World Series victory; a Disney Vinylmation figure; a program from the 1972 Cable Car Classic basketball tournament; a 1984 trade ad for San Francisco's KRON-TV, Channel 4; a cable car centennial coin; a medal issued by the Western Pacific Railroad to mark Powell Street car 524's visit to the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair; a set of non-postal stamps issued for the Pacific 97 World Stamp Exposition


    6. On the Horse Car Home Page, added an active horse car line in a park in Japan and a set of stamps with horse cars


    7. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to detail view of Number 512.

    Ten years ago this month (April, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Muni cable car transfer.


    2. Add Binghamton's Washington Street & State Asylum Railroad to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.


    3. Add more items, especially transfers and tokens to the Kitsch page.


    4. Add Kaprun fire and more articles about Angels Flight to the Bibliography.


    5. Add many links, including the North Jersey Electric Railway Historical Society and Randall's Lost New York City


    6. Added News item and photo about an exhibit featuring a replica of a California Street cable car


    7. Change toy cable car picture on the main page to front view of car 514.

    New on my Park Trains page: Two 1960 ads for Cagney locomotives built by the Eagle Locomotive Works and a note from a Billboard article about the Eagle Locomotive Works
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in May, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the experimental cable car installation of the Brooklyn Cable Company


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-March-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) March, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A Rasmussen-equipped car with the endless belt or "chain pump" (Source: "New System of Cable Propulsion for Street Railways" From The American Engineer / Volume 7, Number 4, January 25, 1884).


    2. 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, including articles from the Street Railway Journal.


    3. More about the Chicago West Divsion's, short-lived experimental implementation, on the Chicago page including items from the Street Railway Journal, Western Electrician and Engineering News


    4. On the Miscellany page: Updates to my article about Non-Grip and Shallow Conduit Systems, with more about the Rasmussen non-grip system, including Rasmusen's Patent re10,602 and magazine items from The American Railroad Journal, the Engineering News-Record, "New System of Cable Propulsion for Street Railways" from The American Engineer and the Street Railway Journal.


    5. Added News item about car 21 being decorated with New York Giants paraphernalia

    Ten years ago this month (March, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Driving drum from a Rasmussen non-grip system.


    2. Add Newark's Essex Passenger Railway/Newark and Irvington Street Railway to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.


    3. Add Turning the Cars to the How page.


    4. Add Sanborn maps of Los Angeles cable powerhouses to the Other California Cities page.


    5. Add magazine article about 1883 experimental electric line in Newark


    6. Review all links and fix or remove dead ones.

    125 years ago, on 04-March-1887, the strike of carmen on the Sutter and Geary Street cable lines collapsed. On 06-March-1887, the Brooklyn Cable Company opened its experimental Johnson ladder cable line in Brooklyn, NY

    New on my Park Trains page: The Irvine Park Railroad:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in April, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the experimental cable car installation on Binghamton's Washington Street & State Asylum Railroad

    Also Coming in April, 2012: On the Cable Car Kitsch page: More collectible junk

    This weekend, consider visiting the Second Annual San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint. I'll be there to hear these two presentations on Saturday:

    11:15 AM to 12 Noon - Woody LaBounty: Carville-By-The-Sea, San Francisco’s Streetcar Suburb

    12:15 to 1 PM - Mike Phipps: Cable Car Operations in the Late 19th and early 20th Centuries

    I don't know if I can stay to hear the 3pm Authors' Forum with list member Grant Ute.

    Market Street Railway is participating.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 29-February-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) February, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Birmingham cable tram 104. Thank you to John Perkin. All rights reserved. "The cars on all the tramways are long, narrow, double-decked, ugly, and dirty affairs, having no kind of conveniences or provisions for the comfort of the traveling public. No American city would tolerate such hideous things..." -- Report from United States Consul Jarrett, published in 1892.


    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

    Ten 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. Add items about call to fill in Hallidie Plaza to News and Bibliography. Include photo of Cable Car Coffee. Also added news item about Olympic torch

    125 years ago, on 06-February-1887, A grip car of the Geary Street Park & Ocean Railway was destroyed by an bomb at Fillmore and Geary. On 16-February-1887, J. E. Stiles and H. C. Dean were arrested and charged with bomb attacks on the Sutter and Geary Street cable lines.

    New on my ferryboat page: The Kalakala, rebuilt from Key System ferry Peralta, suffers what may be a fatal blow from a storm:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    New on my Park Trains page: Playland at the Conservatory of Flowers:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in March, 2012: 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


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) January, 2012 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy new year, everyone.

    I just put the January, 2012 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A stereo view of a car on the cable-operated Hoboken elevated


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about Hoboken's North Hudson County Railway, including articles from the Street Railway Journal. Also some contemporary newspaper articles about the elevated and the company's Weehawken Viaduct:
    - Hoboken Elevated Trial Trips (New York Sun, Sunday, December 20, 1885)
    - Hoboken Elevated Testing (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Tuesday, January 26, 1886)
    - Hoboken Elevated Suspended (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Monday, February 8, 1886)
    - Hoboken Elevated Runaway (New-York Tribune, Thursday, February 10, 1887)
    - Weehawken Viaduct Removed (New York Tribune, Monday, March 5, 1900)


    3. Also on the Decorated Cable Cars page: A list of cars decorated for Christmas 2011. No photos yet

    Ten years ago this month (January, 2002):
    1. Picture of the Month: Hoboken elevated


    2. Roll out new Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page with an article on the Hoboken's North Hudson County Railway


    3. Sutter Street Railway cable traction 125th anniversary. Add photos to the Sutter Street Railway page and make images into thumbnails. Add Sanborn maps of powerhouses. Also thumbnailed photos on McTeague page


    4. Add Henry Casebolt to the Who page


    5. Add photos to the Geary Street, Park and Ocean page and make images into thumbnails. Add Sanborn maps of both powerhouses

    125 years ago, in January 1887, labor trouble on the Sutter and Geary Street cable car lines led to bomb attacks on both roads

    Coming in February, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in the UK page: Thanks to John Perkin, more about the Birmingham Central Tramways Company


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2012)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-October-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-December-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com



    Subject: (tan) December, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A fly-wheel for Sydney's Ocean Street cable tramway, at the Hudson Brothers' Works in Clyde.


    2. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page, more about Sydney's New South Wales Government Tramways. Includes two illustrated newspaper articles about the Ocean Street cable tramway's powerhouse and one about the Ultimo electric powerhouse. Two newspaper articles about the beginning of Sydney's two cable tram lines:
    - North Sydney Line Opens (Melbourne Argus, Monday May 24, 1886)
    - Sydney/King Street Line Opens (Adelaide Advertiser, Thursday, September 20, 1894)


    3. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page.

    Ten years ago this month (December, 2001):
    1. Picture of the Month: North Sydney cable tram


    2. Roll out new Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page with an article on the Sydney's New South Wales Government Tramways. Also photos of Dunedin's Roslyn Tramway and Wellington's Kelburn Cable Car, a funicular.


    3. Add George Smith Duncan to the Who page


    4. Add another photo to the Presidio and Ferries page and make images into thumbnails. Add Sanborn maps of Union & Leavenworth powerhouse and the Jefferson/Lyon roundhouse.


    5. Add Sanborn maps of Sacramento Street carhouse and California/Laurel roundhouse to the Ferries and Cliff House and more Sacramento/Clay photos to the More Ferries and Cliff House page.


    6. Add photo of Santa arriving at the Emporium to Joe Lacey's Christmas on the Cables article.


    7. Revise Mount Lowe article with corrections and new information. Thanks to Michael Patris.

    125 years ago, in December 1886, trainmen of the Sutter Street Railway went on strike. Management employed strikebreakers with guns. Someone placed bombs along the lines of the Sutter Street and Presidio and Ferries roads.

    Coming in January, 2012: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: more about the North Hudson County Railway's elevated rapid transit cable line in Hoboken


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-October-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) November, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Powell/Hyde car 15 at Powell and Market in June, 2009


    2. This month I mark the Fifteenth Anniversary of the website - November, 1996 - November, 2011


    3. Thanks to Bob Murphy, added photos from the Bylands Tram Museum to the Melbourne Tramways & Omnibus Company article. These include grips and trailers, and a unique wagon used to haul reels of cable from the ship to the cable tramway powerhouse. A 1925 ad for the Hoffman Tramway Estate, Brunswick. Also some contemporary newspaper articles about the end of the Melbourne cable trams: - First Cable Tram for Museum (Launceston,, Tasmania Examiner, February 15, 1939) - Melbourne's Last Cable Tram Makes Last TTrip (Adelaide, South Australia Mail, October 26, 1940) - Last Cable Tram/Final Appearance (Townsvville Daily Bulletin, October 29, 1940, 1940) - Cable Tram for Museum (Melbourne, Victorria Argus, November 29, 1940)


    4. Also thanks to Bob Murphy, added photos of a Sutter Street Railway trailer and a California Street Cable Railroad from Knott's Berry Farm which are now preserved at the Orange Empire Railway Museum


    5. Added Bibliography items about a collision at Powell and Grant, a "communications glitch" that stopped service on all three lines, Clipper working on cable cars


    6. Added "Fifteen Years and What Do You Get?" to the Why page

    Ten years ago this month (November, 2001):
    1. Picture of the Month: Powell/Mason car 5


    2. Fifth Anniversary - November, 1996 - November, 2001


    3. Add "The Cable Street-Railway" magazine article


    4. Add more photos to the Ferries and Cliff House and More Ferries and Cliff House page and make images into thumbnails. Includes Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of Washington/Mason Revise Los Angeles Temple Street Cable Railway with some new information. Thanks to Ray Long


    5. Add "Reflections After Five Years" to the Why page

    Coming in December, 2011: On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: More about Sydney's New South Wales Government Tramways, including a contemporary magazine article

    My ferryboats page has an item about a new Delta auto ferry, the Real McCoy II, which is having all sorts of problems.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-October-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) October, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A station of the cable-operated Glasgow District Subway
    2. On the Cable Car Lines in the UK page: More about the Glasgow District Subway, including an 1898 magazine article. Imagine pulling grip on a train of two steel cars
    3. On the Cable Car Models page, a Garden Scale California Street cable car at the 2011 Ardenwood Rail Fair
    4. Added News item about talking to schoolkids

    Ten years ago this quarter (Fall, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Quarter: Retired Glasgow Subway cars


    2. Add articles on Glasgow's Glasgow District Subway and the Liverpool United Tramways to the Cable Car Lines in the UK page.


    3. Add Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1890-1899) to the Miscellany page.


    4. Update Other California Cities and Los Angles Area Funiculars pages. Change images to thumbnails. Added more images of Second Street Cable Railway and Knott's Berry Farm cable cars.


    5. Added more images of the Fillmore Hill Counterbalance, the Telegraph Hill Railroad, and the California/Powell signal tower to the San Francisco page.


    6. Bob Murphy provided photographs of the North Melbourne Winding House, which I added to the Melbourne article.


    7. Added article on Charles Smallwood to the Who page.


    8. Reorganize Newspaper section of the bibliography by subject.

    Coming in November, 2011: The Fifteenth anniversary of the Cable Car Home Page. On the Why page: Fifteen Years and What do you Get?

    My park trains page has my visit to the 11th annual Labor Day Railfair at Ardenwood Farm. With videos and photos.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) September, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Electric streetcars ride up and down Cincinnati's Mount Adams Incline
    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cincinnati's inclines
    3. Added News and Bibliography items about the Powell Street Promenade

    Ten years ago this quarter (Summer, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Quarter: Upper Douglas car 72/73


    2. Roll out new Cable Car Lines in the UK page with an article on the Isle of Man's Upper Douglas Cable Tramway.


    3. Move London's Highgate Hill Cable Tramway to the UK page and add thumbnails.


    4. Update San Francisco page. Change images to thumbnails. Added two more images of Carville.


    5. Add article about Private Funiculars to the Los Angeles Area Funiculars page.


    6. Add Liverpool United and Chicago West Division experimental installations to the Where page.


    7. Add Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1885-1889) to the Miscellany page.


    8. Add photo of Mrs Klussmann and new article about her nemesis, Roger Lapham, to the Who page.


    9. Update Market Street Cable Railway and Omnibus Railroad & Cable Company with colors of their lines.

    Coming in October, 2011: On the UK page: More about the Glasgow District Subway

    My park trains page has my visits this summer to Disneyland, the Virginia and Truckee Railway, which recently began operating all the way from the outskirts of Carson City to Virginia City, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum, which rearranged its collections and rolled out what may be the world's only operable McKeen motor car.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) August, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: A photo of Angels Flight that I took during a July, 2011 visit to Angels Flight
    2. On the Los Angeles Area funiculars page: A new article about a July, 2011 visit to Angels Flight. Includes photos, videos and a cool animated gif
    3. Added News and Bibliography items about the return of Angels Flight and a wonderful graphic from citypass.comOn the Los Angeles Area funiculars page: A new article about our visit to Angels Flight

    Ten years ago this quarter (Summer, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Quarter: Upper Douglas car 72/73


    2. Roll out new Cable Car Lines in the UK page with an article on the Isle of Man's Upper Douglas Cable Tramway.


    3. Move London's Highgate Hill Cable Tramway to the UK page and add thumbnails.


    4. Update San Francisco page. Change images to thumbnails. Added two more images of Carville.


    5. Add article about Private Funiculars to the Los Angeles Area Funiculars page.


    6. Add Liverpool United and Chicago West Division experimental installations to the Where page.


    7. Add Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1885-1889) to the Miscellany page.


    8. Add photo of Mrs Klussmann and new article about her nemesis, Roger Lapham, to the Who page.


    9. Update Market Street Cable Railway and Omnibus Railroad & Cable Company with colors of their lines.

    Coming in September, 2011: On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cincinnati's inclines


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) July, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Upper Douglas Cable Tramway car descending Prospect Hill on the Isle of Man.


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in the UK page, updated article on the Isle of Man's Upper Douglas Cable Tramway, including an 1896 Railway World article, Cable Traction in the Isle of Man
    3. On Walter Rice's page about Glen Hurlburt's "Cable Car Concerto," a 1947 composition that represents a ride on the Mason Street line, added an image of the label
    4. Added information about Muni fare changes.
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about more shutdowns, the return of the California Street line, a fare increase and labor issues

    Ten years ago this quarter (Summer, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Quarter: Upper Douglas car 72/73


    2. Roll out new Cable Car Lines in the UK page with an article on the Isle of Man's Upper Douglas Cable Tramway.


    3. Move London's Highgate Hill Cable Tramway to the UK page and add thumbnails.


    4. Update San Francisco page. Change images to thumbnails. Added two more images of Carville.


    5. Add article about Private Funiculars to the Los Angeles Area Funiculars page.


    6. Add Liverpool United and Chicago West Division experimental installations to the Where page.


    7. Add Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1885-1889) to the Miscellany page.


    8. Add photo of Mrs Klussmann and new article about her nemesis, Roger Lapham, to the Who page.


    9. Update Market Street Cable Railway and Omnibus Railroad & Cable Company with colors of their lines.

    125 years ago, on 14-July-1886, the Second Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles started service

    Coming in August, 2011: On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cincinnati's inclines


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) June, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Grip car of the Mt. Auburn Cable Railway, Cincinnati, Ohio. (Source: The Street Railway Journal, February, 1888. Volume IV, Number 2).


    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Including magazine articles and contemporary newspaper articles
    3. Also on the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: contemporary newspaper articles about Cincinnati's cable cars and the Vine Street Cable Railway:
    4. On the Australia/New Zealand page: Thanks to Ric Fisher, updated the Penang Hills Railway article to reflect the reopening of the rebuilt line and include his latest photographs

    Ten years ago this quarter (Spring, 2000):
    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. Move "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American (courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich) to another server.

    25 years ago, on 17-June-1986, Al Quintana won the 24th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest, interrupting Carl Payne's streak.

    Coming in July, 2011: On the Cable Car Lines in the UK page: More about the Isle of Man's Upper Douglas Cable Tramway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) May, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. Picture of the Month: Vine Street Cable Railway car 258 is shown at Vine and Molitor Streets in Cincinnati, with a grip on display.

    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cincinnati's Vine Street Cable Railway. This includes a cool diagram of the complex trackage in Fountain Square that was shared by horse cars, cable cars, and electric cars. "Twenty-one street car lines pass this corner, and, to an observer who is not acquainted with the care with which the different cars, horse, cable and electric, are directed to their proper tracks, it often seems as if a block would certainly result."
    3. Added News and Bibliography items about a Powell/Hyde shutdown and the passing of gripman Floyd Moore

    Ten years ago this quarter (Spring, 2000):
    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. Move "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American (courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich) to another server.

    Coming in June, 2011: On the new Cable Cars in Ohio Page: Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) April, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    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 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

    Ten years ago this quarter (Spring, 2000):
    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. Move "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American (courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich) to another server.

    Coming in May, 2011: On the new Cable Cars in Ohio Page: Cincinnati's Vine Street Cable Railway

    My ferryboat page celebrated its tenth anniversary in January. This month I have added another 1912 example of the Ferry Tales column from the "San Francisco Call":
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) March, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A Cincinnati cable train lays over on the Blair Avenue loop at the outer end of the Mount Adams and Eden Park Railway's Gilbert Avenue line.


    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Adams and Eden Park Railway. Also a newspaper article about an 1887 accident
    3. On the Who page: A new article about Henry M Lane, engineer on the Mount Adams and Eden Park and other cable lines
    4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added Chinatown Squad
    5. Added Bibliography item about filmmaker and former cable car gripman Melvin Van Peebles

    Ten years ago this quarter (Winter, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Quarter: Market/Hayes cable car by IW Taber


    2. Roll out More Market Street Pictures page.


    3. Add "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American, courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich.


    4. Ray Long provided two photographs of the Industry Hills Incline, one of Sacramento/Clay car 16 on the Emporium roof and one of Cal Cable 56 at Washington/Mason.


    5. Add section on The Electrical System to How Page.


    6. Add Beebe book and article about ergonomic adjustments to turntable to Bibliography.

    16-March-2011 will be Andrew S Hallidie's 175th birthday

    Coming in April, 2011: On the Kitsch page: More kitsch, including a menu cover from the Western Pacific's California Zephyr Cable Car Room and a mysterious silver ingot

    My ferryboat page celebrated its tenth anniversary in January. This month I have added two 1912 examples of the Ferry Tales column from the "San Francisco Call":
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 28-February-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) February, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: Barara Davies, Miss Cable Car 1973, poses on a Powell Street car in a clipping from the 03-June-1973 Palo Alto Times.


    2. On the San Francisco Page: Barara Davies Walsh, Miss Cable Car 1973, shares memories and clippings from her exciting reign
    3. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cleveland's Brooklyn Street Railroad/South Side Railway, both owned by Tom L Johnson, one of which had an experimental cable installation using the Johnson Ladder Cable System

    Ten years ago this quarter (Winter, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Quarter: Market/Hayes cable car by IW Taber


    2. Roll out More Market Street Pictures page.


    3. Add "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American, courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich.


    4. Ray Long provided two photographs of the Industry Hills Incline, one of Sacramento/Clay car 16 on the Emporium roof and one of Cal Cable 56 at Washington/Mason.


    5. Add section on The Electrical System to How Page.


    6. Add Beebe book and article about ergonomic adjustments to turntable to Bibliography.

    Coming in March, 2011: On the new Cable Cars in Ohio Page: Cincinnati's Mount Adams and Eden Park Railway

    My ferryboat page celebrated its tenth anniversary in January. This month I have added many photos and images of the Hatch Brothers' Monticello Steamship Company, which operated fast ferries between San Francisco and Vallejo:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    My park trains page has the Golden Gate Express Railway, 2011 - photos and a video of the Garden Scale layout enjoying its third year at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) January, 2011 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy New Year, everyone.

    I just put the January, 2011 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A Lefton model of a Cleveland City Cable Railway Payne Avenue grip car.


    2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about the Cleveland City Cable Railway
    3. On the Who page: A new article about Colonel William H Paine, engineer on the Cleveland City Cable Railway and many other cable traction lines
    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: More images of car 60 decorated for Christmas 2010, along with photos of other decorated cars including 9, 13, 14, and 25, mostly taken on a day of playing tourist. With the recreation center torn down, we got an interesting angle on Washington/Mason. .
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about the early shutdown of the California Street line.
    6. Added News items about plans to make Powell into a pedestrian mall all the way to Geary Street and about the Angels Flight 109th birthday celebration
    7. Add links to new site for Peter Ehrlich's photography business and the San Francisco Trains site

    Ten years ago this quarter (Winter, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Quarter: Market/Hayes cable car by IW Taber


    2. Roll out More Market Street Pictures page.


    3. Add "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American, courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich.


    4. Ray Long provided two photographs of the Industry Hills Incline, one of Sacramento/Clay car 16 on the Emporium roof and one of Cal Cable 56 at Washington/Mason.


    5. Add section on The Electrical System to How Page.


    6. Add Beebe book and article about ergonomic adjustments to turntable to Bibliography.

    Coming in February, 2011: On the new Cable Cars in Ohio Page: Tom L Johnson's Brooklyn Street Railroad/South Side Railway in Cleveland, one of which hosted an experimental cable installation. If anyone knows which one did it, I'd be grateful to learn.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2011)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-November-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com



    Subject: (tan) December, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner rides a motorized cable in the Giants Victory Parade on 03-November-2010.


    2. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: The 2010 Giants Victory Parade.
    3. Also on the Decorated Cable Cars page: Car 60 decorated by Val Lupiz for Christmas 2010.
    4. On the UK page: A new article about the London's Euston to Camden Incline, an endless cable incline which took trains from Euston Station to Camden Town
    5. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page.
    6. Added News and Bibliography items about an attack on a cable car conductor
    7. Added Bibliography item: an obituary for William Frost, retired Cable Car Division Electrical Shop Foreman

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


    2. Roll out Excerpts From Frank Norris' novel The Octopus page


    3. Add news item and other remarks about old car 4 being installed at Pac Bell Park.


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

    Coming in January, 2011: On the new Cable Cars in Ohio Page: The Cleveland City Cable Railway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-November-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com



    Subject: (tan) November, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: Fear the Beard -- A window of Powell/Mason Car 28 praises the Giants' excellent corps of hirusite relievers.


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

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


    2. Roll out Excerpts From Frank Norris' novel The Octopus page


    3. Add news item and other remarks about old car 4 being installed at Pac Bell Park.


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

    Lots of anniversaries this month:

    30-November is the 175th birthday of Samuel Clemens.

    06-November is the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's first inauguration.

    06-November is also the 125th anniversary of start of service of the experimental cable car line in Binghamton, New York.

    11-November is the 125th anniversary of the start of cable service in Melbourne, Australia

    30-November is the 75th anniversary of the end of cable service on the Outer Circle of the Glasgow District Subway.

    Coming in December, 2010: On the Cable Tram Lines in the UK Page: London's endless-cable incline which took trains from Euston Station to Camden Town


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-September-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) October, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: An 1840 view of Marsh Station on the London and Blackwall Railway.


    2. On the UK page: A new article about the London and Blackwall Railway, a pre-Hallidie cable-operated line


    3. Added News and Bibliography items about the 48th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest. The gripmen and conductors chose to boycott the contest because of union/management issues


    4. Add links to two sites: FunCheapSF and Railroad Parts: History for Kids

    Ten years ago this month (October, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: Geary and Market


    2. Roll out Excerpts From Frank Norris' novel The Octopus page


    3. Add news item and other remarks about old car 4 being installed at Pac Bell Park.


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

    08-October is the 125th anniversary of the start of service on the first cable car line in Los Angeles, the Second Street Cable Railway. 21-October is the 125th anniversary of the National and Pacific Cable Companies agreeing to share the national market.

    New on my ferryboats page: The fate of former ferries Fresno and San Leandro:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    New on my park trains page: A flier for the 10th Annual Ardenwood Railfair:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in November, 2010: On the Cable Tram Lines in the UK Page: The City and South London Railway, London's first tube railway, which considered using cable traction


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-September-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) September, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: Kennington Changing-Place, where London's Brixton Road horse trams received cable grips for the trip up Brixton Hill.


    2. On the UK page: A new article about London's Brixton Cable Tramway, including "A Chat on a Cable Car", a magazine article describing a ride over the line


    3. Also on the UK page: Chapter Six from "Tramways: Their Construction and Working, Embracing a Comprehensive History", an 1894 book by Daniel Kinnear Clark


    4. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page, more photos from our July, 2010 visit to Seattle, including the Waterfront Streetcar Line (which is now a bus route), the monorail, light rail at SeaTac airport, and Union Station


    5. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Dexter Wong, I added "Petulia"


    6. Added News and Bibliography items about cable car 62 at the State Fair and the introduction of Clipper

    Ten years ago this month (September, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: Fairfax funicular


    2. Add Fairfax funicular article to the San Francisco Miscellany page.


    3. Add news item and other remarks about old car 4 being installed at Pac Bell Park.


    4. Add news item and bibliography item about new cable car book.


    5. Add news item about car 9 mishap.

    The much-delayed 2010 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest may take place on Tuesday, 28-September-2010. Or not.

    New on my ferryboats page: A ride on Washington State Ferry Tacoma, from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, photos and videos:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    New on my park trains page: A ride on the Seattle Monorail, with photos and videos:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in October, 2010: On the Cable Car Lines in the UK Page: The London and Blackwall Railway, a pre-Hallidie cable-operated rail line


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-August-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com



    Subject: (tan) August, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: The intersection of Twelfth and Market Streets in Philadelphia, where the Market Street cable line crossed a horse car line.


    2. On the Cable Car Lines in Pennsylvania Page: More about the Philadelphia Traction Company, including a lithograph of Twelfth and Market Streets and an 1892 newspaper article about how Philadelphia gripmen were developing asymmetically


    3. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page, photos from our July, 2010 visit to Seattle


    4. On the Los Angeles Area funiculars page: Roll out a new article about the funicular at the Victoria Station Restaurant at Universal City. Thank you to John Heller for telling me about the funicular. Also thanks to John for permission to use the only known photo of the Playa Del Rey Incline Railway

    Ten years ago this month (August, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: Philadelphia Traction train


    2. Roll out Philadelphia Traction Company on the Other Cities page. Later moved to the Pennsylvania page


    3. Add news item about bell ringing contest


    4. In the Bibliography: update information about J Bucknall Smith book.

    Coming in September, 2010: On the Cable Car Lines in the UK Page: London's Brixton Cable Tramway


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-June-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) July, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A single-jaw side grip used on the Birmingham Central Tramways Company's cable tram line. Source: "Tramways: Their Construction and Working, Embracing a Comprehensive History" by Daniel Kinnear Clark.


    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

    Ten 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

    On my Park Trains page: A June visit to the Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Point Richmond:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in August, 2010: On the Cable Car Lines in Pennsylvania Page: More about the Philadelphia Traction Company


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-July-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-June-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-June-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) June, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: Edinburgh cable tram 209, built in 1903 by the Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works


    2. The Edinburgh Northern Cable Tramways/Edinburgh and District Tramways Company, Ltd, which operated until 1923 and an 1890 article by William Newby Colam on the Edinburgh Northern Cable Tramways


    3. On the Who page: A new article about engineer William Newby Colam, who was involved with several UK cable tramways


    4. On the Cable Car Video page: Two videos of cars rounding the corner at Powell and Jackson. One of a car backing into the barn at Washington and Jackson. One of a car running from Jackson and Mason to Washington


    5. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Dexter Wong, I added "The Sniper"


    5. Add link to new cable car page, Coming to Grips

    Ten years ago this month (June, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: DB Fisk Advertisement


    2. Mystery Picture Contest results.


    3. Roll out Seattle Miscellany section with article about ferry Kalakala (later moved to my San Francisco Bay Ferryboats site.


    4. Add newspaper items about ferry Kalakala and Demoro Key System books to bibliography


    5. Add mention of 1897 movie clip to Chicago page


    6. Add thanks to First & Fastest, a magazine about the electric railways in the Chicago area for recommending this site in its Summer, 2000 issue. Add thanks to Val Golding for supplying newspaper clippings about Kalakala. Add thanks to Yahoo for listing this site in its directory. Add link to Clive Mottram's Tramway and Trolleybus Images.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in July, 2010: On the Cable Trams in the UK Page: the Birmingham Central Tramways Company


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-April-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) May, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: Matlock cable tram 3 carries a good crowd up Bank Road


    2. On the UK page: The Matlock Tramways Company, Ltd, which operated until 1927


    3. On the More Muni Photos page: photos of Powell and Market in the early morning


    4. Added News item about Willa Johnson, the second gripwoman


    5. Added date for the 2010 Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

    Ten years ago this month (May, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: Mystery Picture Number One


    2. Roll out Mystery Picture Contest page


    3. Roll out article by Emiliano J Echeverria about the California/Powell signal tower on the San Francisco Miscellany page. Add references on How/CSC/ FCH/Muni pages.


    4. Add DOA to Movies Which Feature Cable Cars list.


    5. Add info about new Car 9 to roster. Add story to bibliography


    6. Add link for Harry Marnell's California Trolleys page. Add link to SF Seals web site

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in June, 2010: On the Cable Cars in the UK Page: the Edinburgh Northern Cable Tramways

    April 22 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Mark Twain. April 30 is the 75th anniversary of the last day of cable traction on the Outer Circle of the Glasgow District Subway.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-April-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) April, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A souvenir piece of California Street Cable Railroad cable


    2. On the Sutter Street Railway page and the Miscellany page, in the Cable Railway Trust article: A stock certificate for the Cable Railway Company, which has been in the Schmitt family since 1881. Thank you to Carl P Schmitt for sharing this family treasure


    3. Also on the Chicago page, two magazine articles about the Chicago Tunnel Railway


    4. On the Who page: A photo of Henry Casebolt's home, which still stands on Pierce Street


    5. Added News and Bibliography items about the return of Angels Flight


    6. Added News and Bibliography items about plans to refurbish the California Street and Powell Street lines


    7. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added What's Up, Doc?


    8. Add link to the website of the South Western Electricity Historical Society, from the UK


    9. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to Number 501 on its box

    Ten years ago this month (April, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: Cable Car Room menu.


    2. Roll out Cable Car Kitsch page.


    3. Change toy cable car picture on the main page to car 504.


    4. Use database table in Where & When page.


    5. Add news items for Powell Street suspension and Hallidie anniversary.


    6. Add links for the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and the Baltimore Transit Archives and remove dead Bay Area Backroads link. Add link for GGIE.com.


    7. Join Blickpunkt Straßenbahn web ring.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in May, 2010: On the new Cable Cars in the UK Page: the Matlock Tramways Company

    April 22 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Mark Twain. April 30 is the 75th anniversary of the last day of cable traction on the Outer Circle of the Glasgow District Subway.

    On my San Francisco Bay Ferryboats page: "How the Southern Pacific Maintains World's Cleanest Ferry Boats": an article from the California State Board of Health which appeared in the March, 1921 "Southern Pacific Bulletin":
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-March-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) March, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: West Chicago Street Railroad trains on Randolph Street


    2. On the Chicago page, more about the West Chicago Street Railroad, including a selection from the 1898 Report of Special Committee of the City Council of Chicago on the Street Railway Franchises & Operations, an ad for a default settlement, and a contemporary newspaper article:
    - Chicago -- Halsted Street Runaway (Saint Paul Daily Globe, Monday, February 25, 1895)


    3. Also on the Chicago page, two magazine articles about the Chicago Tunnel Railway


    4. On the San Francisco page: A link to a blog about Cubbie the Cable Car


    5. On the San Francisco page: A link to a blog about Cubbie the Cable Car


    6. On the Cable Car Video page: Two F Line views of Muni 162 this year.


    7. Thanks to Ric Francis, added News and Bibliography items about the shutdown of the Penang Hills Railway, a funicular


    8. Added News and Bibliography items about Eric Neubauer's book about early Pullman car production


    9. Add link to the website of an Italian colonel who commands a military railroad engineering unit

    Ten years ago this month (March, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: West Chicago cable train on Madison Street


    2. Add West Chicago Street Railway to Chicago page.


    3. Add article about the Chicago Tunnel Railway to the Chicago Miscellany page


    4. Add more detail to Seattle page. Add Yesler/2nd & Iron Pergola pictures.


    5. Add J M Thompson (no relation) to the Who page


    6. Add postcard of former cable car used on Mount Tamalpais railroad to San Francisco/Omnibus page


    7. Add links to Steve Annells' The Bus Station, Jacek Wesolowski's Urban Mountain Railways and People Movers site, and Joel GAzis-SAx's An Almanac of California.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in April, 2010: The Tenth Anniversary of the Cable Car Kitsch Page

    March 29 is the 100th anniversary of a big accident in Kansas City. A car of the Metropolitan Street Railway derailed on the 12th Street incline and was struck by the following car.


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) February, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A stereo view of "State Street north from Madison" in Chicago.


    2. On the Chicago page, more about the widely hated North Chicago Street Railroad, including a selection from the 1898 Report of Special Committee of the City Council of Chicago on the Street Railway Franchises & Operations, an advertisement for investors, a cartoon and some contemporary newspaper articles:
    - Chicago -- Patent Lawsuit (Sacramento Daily Record-Union, Wednesday, December 21, 1887)
    - Chicago -- Runaway Horse Car (San Francisco Morning Call, Sunday, October 03, 1890)
    - Chicago -- Cable Cars to Carry Bicycles (Saint Paul Daily Globe, Sunday, May 30, 1897)
    - Chicago -- Making Money From Cable Cars (Omaha Daily Bee, Saturday, July 1, 1899)

    I particularly liked the article about cable cars carrying bicycles. Bikes on public transit can still be a touchy issue.


    3. On the Cable Car Models page, photos and a video of Garden Scale Cable Cars


    4. On the Horse Car Home Page, a John Stephenson ad and a Chicago newspaper article

    Ten years ago this month (February, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: North Chicago cable trains at the La Salle Street tunnel, Chicago


    2. Add North Chicago Street Railway to Chicago page.


    3. Add article about the Patent Trust to the Miscellany page


    4. Add C B Holmes and Asa Hovey to the Who page


    5. Move Thanks/Links to a separate page


    6. Add postcard of former cable car used on Mount Tamalpais railroad to San Francisco/Omnibus page


    7. Add information about iron pergola in Seattle


    8. Add information about modern Portland, Victoria tourist cable tram project to the Melbourne page

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in March, 2010: More about the West Chicago Street Railroad

    On my Park Trains page: A January visit to the Golden Gate Express garden scale railroad at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. With photos and videos:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/


    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-February-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-January-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) January, 2010 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the January, 2010 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A stereo view of "State Street north from Madison" in Chicago.


    2. On the Chicago page, more about the Chicago City Railway, including a selection from the 1898 Report of Special Committee of the City Council of Chicago on the Street Railway Franchises & Operations and contemporary newspaper articles:
    Chicago -- Gripman Killed (Saint Paul Daily Globe, Friday, February 03, 1882)
    THE CABLE-CAR LINE/Progress of the Work -- Eleven Trains and the Horse-Cars Still Running (Omaha Daily Bee, Wednesday, February 15, 1882)
    Chicago -- Third Fatality (Sacramento Daily Record-Union, Saturday, March 25, 1882)
    Chicago -- Fifteenth Victim (Saint Paul Daily Globe, Monday, September 04, 1882)
    Killed by a Cable Car. (New-York Tribune, Wednesday, November 6, 1893)
    STOPS CHICAGO CABLE LINES./The City Begins Active War on Street Car Company. (New-York Tribune, Thursday, January 18, 1906)
    CABLES MAKE LAST RUN ON STREET IN CHICAGO (San Francisco Call, Sunday, July 23, 1906)


    3. Added Bibliography item about Mayor Newsome's proposal to fill in part of Hallidie Plaza and install a reservoir or cistern below it


    4. Added News and Bibliography items about the discovery of a relic of Saint Paul Minnesota's Selby Avenue cable car line


    5. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article "Christmas on the Cables", and the Decorated Cable Cars page

    Ten years ago this month (January, 2000):
    1. Picture of the Month: State Street, Chicago


    2. Roll out Chicago page with Chicago City Railway and excerpt from The Pit by Frank Norris.


    3. Add Miscellany page


    4. Add C B Holmes and Asa Hovey to the Who page


    5. Add items about Muni's New Year's Eve plans to news and bibliography


    6. Add links to Library of Congress page about cable cars and Don's Railspot

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in February, 2010: More about the North Chicago Street Railroad

    Happy new year,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2010)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-October-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com



    Subject: (tan) December, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: The proposed incline and improvements in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. From the Los Angeles Herald, 27-August-1905


    2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Roll out a new article about the proposed Griffith Park Incline Railway, including newspaper articles:
    - "Incline Railway to Griffth Park" (Los Angeles Herald, Sunday, August 27, 1905)
    - "Col. Eddy Gets More Time for Griffith Park Project" (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 22, 1905)


    3. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Industry Hills Incline including its current status


    4. On the Cable Trams in the UK, more about London's Highgate Hill Cable Tramway, including an entry from Baedeker's guidebook for 1889. Also an illustrated paper, "Cable Tramways", concentrating on Highgate Hill, that engineer William Newby Colam presented to the Society of Engineers in 1885


    5. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article "Christmas on the Cables", and the Decorated Cable Cars page


    6. Added a new photo of Janelle Wang of Channel 7 performing with the 49er Cheerleaders at the 47th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest


    7. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Contemporary newspaper articles about the Santa Catalina Island Incline Railway:
    - Catalina Inclines Under Construction (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 22, 1905)
    - Catalina Inclines Near Completion (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 29, 1905)


    8. Added News and Bibliography items about a sudden stop on Powell Street and the last Carville house

    Ten years ago this month (December, 1999):
    1. Picture of the Month: Highgate Hill, London


    2. Roll out Highgate Hill Cable Tramway on the Other Cities page (later moved to the Cable Trams in the UK) page. Add thanks to Stuart Jenkins


    3. Roll out Los Angeles area funiculars/ Industry Hills and Getty Center on the Other California Cities page


    4. Add IW Hellman to the Who page


    5. Add California/Drumm and old Cal Cable barn photos to the More California Pictures page


    6. Add National Geographic Carville article to bibliography

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    On my San Francisco Bay Ferryboats page: "Bridging the Bay With Our Ferries": an article by Superintendent Charles F. Heath from the March, 1921 "Southern Pacific Bulletin", about the history of San Francisco Bay ferry operations and particularly Central/Southern Pacific operations:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    Coming in January, 2010: More about the Chicago City Railway, which built the first Hallidie-type cable car line in the United States outside of San Francisco

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-October-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) November, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: An advertisement for the Playa Del Rey development which mentions the "unique incline railway which will extend to the summit of Del Rey Heights..." From the Los Angeles Herald, 21-July-1905.


    2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Roll out a new article about the obscure Playa Del Rey Incline Railway, including newspaper ads and contemporary articles:
    - "The present week also marks the beginning of work upon the inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Monday, July 17, 1905)
    - "Rails and lumber are already on the ground for the inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 22, 1905)
    - "Work began today upon the new inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 29, 1905)


    3. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway including a contemporary newspaper article:
    - Mount Washington Auto Climb (Salt Lake Herald, Sunday, July 11, 1909)


    4. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Three advertisements for Court Flight and an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book.


    5. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Angels Flight, an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book.


    6. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Newspaper ads for the Mount Lowe incline and an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book


    7. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Contemporary newspaper articles about the Santa Catalina Island Incline Railway:
    - Catalina Inclines Under Construction (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 22, 1905)
    - Catalina Inclines Near Completion (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 29, 1905)


    8. Added News and Bibliography items about big rainfalls and the city working out a deal to buy historic cable cars and other artifacts

    Ten years ago this month (November, 1999):
    1. Picture of the Month: Mount Washington, Los Angeles


    2. Roll out More Ferries and Cliff House Pictures page


    3. Roll out Los Angeles area funiculars/Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway on the Other California Cities page


    4. Add Fillmore Hill counterbalance postcard to the SF page


    5. Add news item and bibliography item about a collision at Washington and Taylor

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    On my Park Trains page: An October visit to the Western Railway Museum and its pumpkin patch service. With photos and videos:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in December, 2009: A proposed incline railway in Griffith Park

    Also coming in December, 2009: More about the Highgate Hill Cable Tramway, Europe's first Hallidie-type cable tram line

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-October-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) October, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A circa-1930 view of Court Flight, showing the sandwich shop which provided additional revenue to the line.


    2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Court Flight, including a photo of Court Flight, an entry from a WPA guide, and some contemporary newspaper articles:
    - Court Flight Delayed by Rain (Los Angeles Herald, Sunday, January 1, 1905)
    - Court Flight Real Estate Ad (Los Angeles Herald, Sunday, January 8, 1905)
    - Court Flight Fights A Competitor (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, January 14, 1905)
    - Court Flight Approved (Los Angeles Herald, Sunday, August 13, 1905)
    - Court Flight In Progress (Los Angeles Herald, Sunday, August 27, 1905)
    - Court Flight to Open Monday (Los Angeles Herald, Sunday, September 24, 1905)
    - Court Flight a Success (Los Angeles Herald, Sunday, October 15, 1905)
    - Court Flight Tax Plea (Los Angeles Herald, Tuesday, June 26, 1906)
    - Court Flight Inspires Hotel (Los Angeles Herald, Sunday, October 21, 1906)
    - Court Flight Losing Money (Los Angeles Herald, Friday, February 8, 1907)


    3. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Another postcard of the Santa Catalina Island Incline Railway


    4. Added News items about two new cable car videos, one for kids and one about the bell ringing contest. Created a new section on these and other Cable Car Videos on the San Francisco detail page


    5. Added News and Bibliography items about a collision at Washington and Mason

    Ten years ago this month (September, 1999):
    1. Picture of the Month: Powell and Mason, 1880's


    2. Roll out More Ferries and Cliff House Pictures page


    3. Roll out Los Angeles area funiculars/Court Flight and Catalina on the Other California Cities page


    4. Add news item and bibliography item about a loose strand


    5. Updated SF Roster page

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    On my Park Trains page: A July visit to the California State Railroad Museum and a Labor Day weekend visit to the Ninth Annual Washington Township Railroad Fair at Ardenwood Farm, featuring, for the first time this year, two steam locomotives.
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Coming in November, 2009: The little-remembered Playa Del Rey incline

    Also coming in November, 2009: More about the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) September, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: An early Angels Flight advertising flier, including a photo of Colonel JW Eddy, who built the line and operated it


    2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Angels Flight, including photos from Joe Lacey, tickets, and an old flier, and several contemporary newspaper articles


    3. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Two contemporary newspaper articles about the Mount Lowe incline


    4. On the Motorized Cable Cars page: A strange-looking double decker


    5. Added link for MunsonWorks, a manufacturer of inclined elevators

    Ten years ago this month (September, 1999):
    1. Picture of the Month: Angels Flight


    2. Roll out Los Angeles area funiculars/ Angels Flight on the Other California Cities page


    3. Add link to new site from the Friends of the Cable Car Museum


    4. Add cable car sudden stop to news and bibliography

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    There is an important anniversary this month:

    The Cable Car Museum Website celebrates its 10th anniversary. Congratulations to the Friends of the Cable Car Museum

    Coming in October, 2009: More about Court Flight and the Catalina inclines

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) August, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: "Coming Down From Echo Mountain In One of the White Chariots." A photograph from "A Mountain Paradise" by Ronald L Pearse, in Cassel's Magazine, June, 1901, showing one of the cars on the Mount Lowe incline


    2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Mount Lowe incline, including photos of the control room and the driving mechanism and newspaper articles about two of the many fires that plagued the line


    3. On the Cable Car Video page:
    - New Powell Street car 15 outbound at Ellis. Also some videos from December: Cars 9, 13 and 25 decorated for Christmas
    - F Line views of Muni 130 and 1010 and New Orleans 952 in June this year. Also two videos of 952 decorated for Christmas

    Ten years ago this month (August, 1999):
    1. Picture of the Month: Mount Lowe incline


    2. Roll out Los Angeles area funiculars/ Mount Lowe on the Other California Cities page


    3. Roll out articles on movies featuring cable cars and Joe Lacey's remarks on making movies and commercials with cable cars on the SF detail page


    4. Add link to Bruce Kliewe's site about the Great Reconstruction


    5. Add news item about the cable car bell ringing contest


    6. Add magazine article about Professor Lowe's Civil War service to the bibliography

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    There is an important anniversary this month:

    August 12, 1984 - A suicidal driver ran head-on into Powell/Hyde car 12, causing it to run away backwards downhill. Gripman Ray McCann and his conductor, Charles Gerstbacher, both seriously injured, were able to stop the car. Read about the late Ray McCann on the Who page.

    Coming in September, 2009: More about Angels Flight

    See my Park Trains and Tourist Trains for pictures and videos of my July trip to Disneyland and an update on the status of the Nut Tree Railroad:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-November-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) July, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: Henry Casebolt's patent drawing for his overhead cable car line


    2. On the Other California Cities page: More about Henry Casebolt's experimental overhead cable car line, including his patent and some contemporary newspaper articles, and the earlier patent issued to General Beauregard


    3. On the Who page: Henry Casebolt's obituary from the Daily Alta California. Also added a woodcut of Casebolt from his obituary.


    4. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, photos of new Powell Street car 15 on its first test run. Also photos I took two days after it went into service
    5. On the Roster page: New car 15
    6. Added video of grand master Carol Payne giving an exhibition at the 47th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest. Also added photos


    7. On the Cable Car Video page:
    - Powell Street car 15 at Powell and Market, two days after it made its debut
    - F Line views of Melbourne W-2 tram 496 in February and May this year


    8. Added News and Bibliography items about the 47th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest. Also about an accident and an explosion.
    8. Added information about new Muni fare changes

    Ten years ago this month (July, 1999):
    1. Picture of the Month: Henry Casebolt's overhead cable line.


    2. Roll out Casebolt overhead cable line on the Other California Cities page


    3. Added magazine articles about New Orleans trade and St Paul history to bibliography


    4. Added thanks for links to Mike Irlam, Tad Lane Creations, the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society, and the Blickpunkt Straßenbahn.
    5. Change url on NMRA directory link

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    There are two important anniversaries this month:

    July 5 is the 75th anniversary of Bloody Thursday, when San Francisco police shot and killed two maritime strikers, Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise

    July 16 is the 75th anniversary of the three day general strike which led to the settlement of the maritime strike and the recognition of the International Longshore Workers' Union

    Coming in August, 2009: More about the Mount Lowe incline

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Jul-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Apr-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) June, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A San Diego Cable Railway combination car, Las Penasquitas. From Charles B Fairchild's book "Street Railways: Their Construction, Operation and Maintenance/A Practical Handbook for Street Railway Men"


    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

    Ten years ago this month (June, 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

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I also have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    The 47th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest is scheduled for Tuesday, 09-June-2008 at noon in Union Square. I hope to be there.

    There are some interesting anniversaries this month:

    June 30 is the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Telegraph Hill Railroad, a short-lived funicular

    June 3 is the 25th anniversary of the return of the California Street line after the 1982-1984 reconstruction

    June 4 is the 25th anniversary of the return of the Powell/Hyde line and the dedication of the car barn

    June 21 is the 25th anniversary of the return of the Powell/Mason line

    I forgot to mention last month that May 30 was Benny Goodman's 100th birthday

    Coming in July, 2009: More about Henry Casebolt's experimental overhead cable car line, including his patent, and the earlier patent issued to General Beauregard

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Jun-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) May, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    In light of the current economic situation, I think this month's updates are particularly pertinent. Oakland's Consolidated Piedmont Cable Company was closely tied to a real estate boom. When the economy and the real estate industry went bust in the Panic of 1892, so did the Consolidated Piedmont Cable Company.

    I just put the May, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: An engraving showing a Consolidated Piedmont cable car as it pauses on the gravity loop at the entrance to Blair Park.


    2. On the Other California Cities page: More about the Consolidated Piedmont Cable Company, including advertisements and contemporary newspaper articles
    The Gravity Loop -- a series of articles about a unique feature of the Consolidated Piedmont.
    First Cable Arrives (San Francisco Morning Call, Friday, May 09, 1890). "The two flat-cars that arrived with the wire cable for the Piedmont cable road are ... low set heavy structures, weighing nineteen tons each, supported by two double trucks, a total of eight pairs of wheels on each, which is twice the number on an ordinary flat..."
    Consolidated Piedmont Nearly Ready for Testing (San Francisco Morning Call, Sunday, May 25, 1890). "The experimental car for trial on the Consolidated Oakland and Piedmont Cable Company's line ... will shortly be tried on the section between Piedmont and the cable-house before the contract for the rolling stock is let."
    Consolidated Piedmont Real Estate News (San Francisco Morning Call, Monday, January 05, 1891). "The cable system has greatly increased the value of suburban property, bringing land on the outskirts nearer to the center of the city, and opening up tracts which formerly seemed inaccessible."
    Consolidated Piedmont Real Estate News/2 (San Francisco Morning Call, Thursday, January 29, 1891). "E. A. Heron is offering many inducements in the way of pretty home sites in Linda Vista, on the Piedmont cable road."
    New Transit Lines in Oakland (San Francisco Morning Call, Sunday, March 29, 1891). "It will do as much for its section as the Piedmont cable has done for Piedmont."
    Consolidated Piedmont Receivership (San Francisco Morning Call, Thursday, November 02, 1893). "Oaklanders were treated to a genuine surprise yesterday when the rumor was spread about the streets that the big concern known as the Piedmont Cable Company was in the hands of a receiver."
    Consolidated Piedmont Hard Feelings (San Francisco Morning Call, Tuesday, December 11, 1894). "Mr. Bishop scowled at Mr. Garthwaite and Mr. Garthwaite scowled at Mr. Bishop, and the matter was ended."
    Consolidated Piedmont Hard Feelings/2 (San Francisco Morning Call, Saturday, January 05, 1895). "... Ira Bishop will be compelled to appease the wrath of Mrs. Phoebe Blair, who is after him with a sharp stick."
    Baseball Field Unprofitable (San Francisco Morning Call, Saturday, January 05, 1895). "Yesterday the Piedmont Railway Company began demolishing this fence and taking down the grand stand ... the grounds do not pay."
    Consolidated Piedmont Foreclosed (San Francisco Morning Call, Sunday, January 13, 1895). "... a considerable barrier of prior liens is piling up between the bondholders and their security ..."
    Consolidated Piedmont Sold at Auction (San Francisco Morning Call, Wednesday, March 20, 1895). "Ever since the road began going down hill..." (lol - JT)
    Consolidated Piedmont Assessment (San Francisco Morning Call, Thursday, May 16, 1895). "Mr. Dalton says he will not accept these figures and will place a valuation of his own on the road."
    Consolidated Piedmont Sale Contested (San Francisco Morning Call, Wednesday, July 10, 1895). "... holders of ten bonds of the Consolidated Piedmont Cable Company, have sued the stockholders of that company ... They allege that when the sale of the road was made on the 19th day of March, 1895, all of the proceeds went for the payment of the receiver's indebtedness, leaving no part for the payment of the bonds."
    Consolidated Piedmont -- Bitter Feelings (San Francisco Morning Call, Wednesday, August 14, 1895). "Mr. Garthwaite accused Mr. Bishop of peculiar tricks with reference to a franchise which had been obtained from the Council for a few blocks down Washington street."
    Consolidated Piedmont -- Revenge of Mrs Blair (San Francisco Morning Call, Sunday, May 17, 1903). "It is said C. R. Bishop and J. R. Spring have made good their proportion of the amount, which aggregated $2268 20."
    Consolidated Piedmont -- Attempted Suicide of Receiver Bishop (New-York Tribune, Sunday, November 06, 1904). "..while suffering from depression, due to ill health."
    Consolidated Piedmont -- Death of Receiver Bishop (San Francisco Morning Call, Thursday, February 23, 1905). "He was at one time proprietor of the Piedmont Baths in Oakland, and was manager of the Oakland street railway system at the time of its sale to the Oakland Transit Company."
    I have some more articles that I will add in future months.


    3. Also on the Other California Cities page: Two more contemporary newspaper articles about the Oakland Cable Railway:
    Cable Car Nearly Struck by Steam Train -- The 1894 collision was not the first time a train came too close to a cable car.
    New Cable (San Francisco Morning Call, Sunday, April 12, 1891). "The putting in of the new cable of tbe Oakland Cable Company was not completed until about noon yesterday."


    4. Added News and Bibliography items about a dispute between the city and the Friends of the Cable Car Museum

    Ten years ago this month (May, 1999):
    1. The picture of the month was a California Street cable car in Muni colors.


    2. Roll out Consolidated Piedmont Cable Railway on the Other California Cities page


    3. Add More California Street Pictures page


    4. Add thanks/links to cable car email list and Railway Preservation News. Add links to The American Heritage Time Machine and The Engines of Our Ingenuity


    5. Add item about California Street reopening to the news

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    There are some interesting anniversaries this month:

    May 29 is the 125th anniversary of the opening of London's Highgate Hill Cable Tramway, the first Hallidie-type cable car line in Europe. Read about it on the Cable Trams in the UK page.

    May 9 is the 75th anniversary of the start of the San Francisco Maritime Strike, which led to Bloody Thursday, the maritime strike, and the recognition of the ILWU

    May 14 is the 50th anniversary of the passing of Sidney Bechet, important early jazz musician, in Paris

    I forgot to mention last month that April 26 was the 25th anniversary of the passing of Count Basie

    Coming in June, 2009: More about the San Diego Cable Railway, including "Light Cable Road Construction," an article by Frank Van Vleck, the engineer who built it

    Also coming in June, 2009: The 25th anniversary of the return of the cable cars after the 1982-1984 great reconstruction

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Apr-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) April, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: Former O'Farrel/Jones/Hyde cable car 59 at Knott's Berry Farm. Fitted with electric motors on its trucks, it served as a parking lot tram from about 1955 to about 1979.


    2. On the Other California Cities page: More about former San Francisco cable cars at Knott's Berry Farm, including a map of the two routes


    3. Also on the Other California Cities page: More about the Oakland Cable Railway, including contemporary newspaper articles:
    - The Lorings to Resign (San Francisco Morning Call, Tuesday, May 29, 1894). "They have been connected with the roads (cable and electric - JT) since the cable was built and are perfectly conversant with every detail of the business. It is rumored that their resignations were requested."
    - Martin Succeeds Lorings (San Francisco Morning Call, Friday, June 1, 1894). "Mr. Martin of San Francisco, an experienced railroad man, will succeed the Lorings..."
    - Cable Car Struck by Steam Train -- a series of articles about a fatal accident in December, 1894.
    - Battle Over Assessments (San Francisco Morning Call, Thursday, July 15, 1897). Southern Pacific's attorney battled to get assessments reduced: "2.35 miles of cable on San Pablo avenue, from $83,225 to $47,000; franchise on the same, from $71,000 to $10,000; .35 of a mile of cable-road near Park avenue, from 11,750 to $3500..."
    - Only Broad Tracks Now/The Unpopular Narrow Gauge Torn Up (San Francisco Morning Call, Sunday, September 4, 1898). An article about the beginning of the process to convert the former South Pacific Coast line to standard gauge mentions that "The railroad company has also contracted for the material for changing the San Pablo cable road into an electric system, the contract being contingent on the permission of the City Council to make the change."


    4. On the Kitsch page: A matchbook from Cable Car Steaks; a centennial coin issued by the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society; a Knott's Berry Farm paper plate; a Cable Car Clothiers button; a Hard Rock Cafe 2008 pin; plastic toy cable car 504; a Christmas ornament


    5. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added Starlift


    6. Added News and Bibliography items about problems with the Powell Street cable


    7. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to a front-end view of Number 512

    Ten years ago this month (April, 1999):
    1. The picture of the month was an Oakland Cable Railway car.


    2. Roll out Oakland Cable Railway on the Other California Cities page


    3. Add Knott's Berry Farm cable car article to Los Angeles miscellany on the Other California Cities page


    4. Add thanks/links to cable car email list and Railway Preservation News. Add links to The American Heritage Time Machine and The Engines of Our Ingenuity


    5. Add Powell and California Street pictures to the roster page

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in May, 2009: More collectible junk on the Kitsch page

    Also coming in May, 2009: More about cable cars at Knott's Berry Farm

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Apr-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-Mar-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) March, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A Boyle Heights train of the Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway in Los Angeles near First Street and Cemetery around 1890.


    2. On the Other California Cities page: "A Year's Progress of Cable Motive Power", a paper about cable traction developments by James Clifton Robinson, the General Manager of the Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway. Robinson visited almost every cable traction line in the US and Europe. This paper was written at a time when electric traction was not considered a viable alternative, so cable was the latest big thing.


    3. On the Who page: A new article about James Clifton Robinson, a famous traction engineer who was the General Manager of the Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway

    Ten years ago this month (March, 1999):
    1. The picture of the month was a Los Angeles Cable Railway Cape Horn viaduct.


    2. Roll out Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Railway on the Other California Cities page


    3. Add Burgess picture to "Hyde Street Grip" page, add SSR and Norris pictures to McTeague page, and Madison Street Hill to Seattle page

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in April, 2009: More collectible junk on the Kitsch page

    Also coming in April, 2009: More about cable cars at Knott's Berry Farm

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Mar-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-Oct-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) February, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A photo of a Melbourne cable winding house and tram shed, taken by Bob Murphy


    2. On the Australia/New Zealand page: Thanks to Bob Murphy, photographs of the North Carlton winding house and tram shed in Melbourne


    3. On the Other California Cities page: A contemporary newspaper article about the Temple Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles:
    - AT LAST/The Temple Street Cable Road Completed (Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, July 14, 1886)


    4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added "Mr Billion"


    5. Added News and Chronology items about a collision between a California Street car and a Powell Street car

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Ten years ago this month (February, 1999):
    1. The picture of the month was a Los Angeles Temple Street Cable Railway cable train.


    2. Rolled out Los Angeles Temple Street Cable Railway on the Other California Cities page


    3. Added car 512 toy picture to main page, Hallidie picture to Who page, and Collins Street picture to Melbourne page


    4. Added news item about California Street conduit replacement


    5. Added train spotting page

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in March, 2009: A paper about cable traction developments by the chief engineer of the Los Angeles Cable Railway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Feb-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-Oct-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) January, 2009 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy new year, everyone.

    I just put the January, 2009 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A train of the Second Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles passes through the line's deep cut in Bunker Hill


    2. On the Other California Cities page: Newspaper articles about the Second Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles:
    - Second Street Cable Railway Seeks Subscriptions/1 (Los Angeles Times, Tuesday, February 3, 1885)
    - Seeks Subscriptions/2 (Los Angeles Times, Saturday, February 7, 1885)
    - Tested (Los Angeles Times, Friday, October 9, 1885)
    - Unpaid Cable Bill (Los Angeles Times, Saturday, October 26, 1889)
    - Conduit Blocked (Los Angeles Times, Thursday, December 5, 1889)


    3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable cars decorated for Christmas, 2008. Photos by Val Lupiz and others.


    4. Added News item about the annual senior luncheon. Also News and Bibliography items about an SUV running into a Powell Street car

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Ten years ago this month (January, 1999):
    1. The picture of the month was a Los Angeles Second Street Cable Railway cable train.


    2. Rolled out Other California Cities page with the Los Angeles Second Street Cable Railway


    3. Added link about the Katoomba Scenic Railway to the Australia page.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in February, 2009: Thanks to Bob Murphy: Photos of cable tramway sites in Melbourne

    Also coming in February, 2009: Newspaper articles about the Temple Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Jan-2009)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-Oct-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com



    Subject: (tan) December, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A Val Lupiz night view of car 60, which he had decorated for the holidays, at California and Drumm on 04-December-2007


    2. On the San Francisco page: Articles about the 1886-1887 strike against the Sutter and Geary Street lines, which include reports about the Sutter Street superintendant's plug uglies shooting at people in the street and at least two grip cars, one from each company, getting blown up with dynamite. The workers lost the strike but gained a 12 hour workday. We don't always appreciate what we have.


    3. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables (10th anniversary this year), and the Decorated Cable Cars page


    4. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page, Peter Ehrlich took a photo of a sign telling the history of the Yesler Way line. Thanks to Peter for the photo

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Ten years ago this month (December, 1998):
    1. The picture of the month was "A Sunday Load", an engraving from an 1891 magazine article


    2. Added "Christmas on the Cables" by Joe Lacey to the SF page


    3. Added excerpts from 1891 magazine article "The Parks of San Francisco"


    4. Added California & Powell accident to news & bibliography

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in January, 2009: Newspaper articles about the Second Street Cable Railway in Los Angeles

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Dec-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-Oct-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) November, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: A postcard shows two Fillmore Hill counterbalance cars during the White Front era


    2. On the San Francisco page: Updates to the article about the Fillmore Hill Counterbalance, including two newspaper articles about accidents:
    - Car Crashes Down Fillmore Hill/Fastenings Give Way and Passengers Narrowly Escape Serious Harm (San Francisco Call, Wednesday, August 8, 1906)
    - Cars Crash Together On The Fillmore Hill/Rod Gives Away, but Cable Holds and Serious Mishap Is Averted (San Francisco Call, Monday, July 8, 1907)


    3. On the Cable Car Models page: Photos of a large wooden model of Powell Street car 16 recently unveiled at the Cable Car Museum


    5. Also on the Cable Car Models page: More information about Norm Pythian's cable car simulation


    6. Added a Chronology item about a plaque placed at the powerhouse of the Consolidated Piedmont Cable Company by the The Friends of the Cable Car Museum


    7. Added News and Bibliography items about a loose strand stopping Powell Street service

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Ten years ago this month (November, 1998):
    1. The picture of the month was a wood engraving of a Broadway, NY accident


    2. Added information about bells & brakes to the How page, with thanks to Joe Lacey for information about bell signals


    3. Added article about Fillmore Hill counterbalance to the SF Miscellany section


    4. Added information about turntable helpers to news & bibliography

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in December, 2008: 1886-1887 newspaper articles about a strike against the Sutter and Geary Street companies, which included the use of pistols and dynamite

    Also coming in December, 2008: The tenth anniversary of Joe Lacey's article "Christmas on the Cables"

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Nov-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-Oct-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) October, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month: After spending 30 years in San Quentin, Agglestein (Agustín) Castro sees cable cars for the first time and asks "Are those the automobiles?"
    2. A new installment of Val Lupiz's column Tales From the Grip: "Rookie Bites"
    3. On the San Francisco page: "Lost To The World For Thirty Years", a 1901 newspaper article about Agglestein (Agustín) Castro, who returned to San Francisco after spending 30 years in San Quentin
    3. Also on the San Francisco page: Added a description of the Telegraph Hill Railroad from a travel book
    5. Added a News item about a newly developed cable car simulator
    6. Added News and Bibliography items about a fatal accident on Powell Street

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Ten years ago this month (October, 1998):
    1. The picture of the month was a URR Valencia Street Car
    2. Added article about the Telegraph Hill Railroad to the SF Miscellany section
    3. Added powered turntable suggestion to news & bibliography
    4. Added new links to Melbourne page

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in November, 2008: 1886-1887 newspaper articles about a strike against the Sutter and Geary Street companies, which included the use of pistols and dynamite

    New on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains site: A visit to Disneyland, including the newly refurbished monorail with big ventilation problems. Videos including horse car and monorail rides
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Oct-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Sep-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) September, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy Labor Day, everyone.

    I just put the September, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a woodcut showing a Clay Street Hill Railroad train climbing the hill
    2. New item: "The Cable Railway Company's System of Traction Railways for Cities and Towns": A promotional booklet published by the cable railway trust
    3. On the Omnibus Railroad page: An 1890 advertisement for the company that made the elevator in the Tenth and Howard powerhouse
    4. Added News and Bibliography items about a California Street collision
    5. On the Miscellany page: Cable-Driven Transit in Alaska, photos from a cruise we took in July. A funicular in Ketchikan and an aerial tramway in Juneau

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Ten years ago this month:
    1. The picture of the month was Sacramento & Grant, in honor of the 125th anniversary of the start of Clay Street Hill regular service
    2. Moved Omnibus Railroad to separate page. Added more information about the company. Added inline Union Hall picture
    3. Added 125th anniversary to news & bibliography
    4. Added guest book
    5. Created news archive. Moved GSPO powerhouse & Mrs Klussman stories

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in October, 2008: A 1901 report about a man who saw cable cars, and many other things, for the first time after 30 years in San Quentin

    New on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains site: A ride on Alaska's White Pass and Yukon narrow gauge
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Sep-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Apr-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-Aug-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) August, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is "Ninth Street, Kansas City, Looking West from Walnut Street -- Drawn by Charles Graham." From the 07-Jun-1890 issue of Harpers Weekly. It shows cable trains of the Kansas City Cable Railway on Ninth crossing the Metropolitan Street Railway's 18th-19th Streets cable line on Walnut
    2. On the Kansas City page: An 1889 magazine article by cable railway engineer Robert Gillham, who designed and built many of Kansas City's cable car lines, along with a brief biographical sketch
    3. Added News and Bibliography items about a runaway Powell Street car

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in September, 2008: "The Cable Railway Company's System of Traction Railways for Cities and Towns": A promotional booklet published by the cable railway trust

    Also coming in September, 2008: Photos I took of a funicular and and an aerial tramway in Alaska

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Aug-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Apr-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-May-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) July, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a diagram showing the screw-operated double-jawed grip used on Rhode Island's Providence Cable Tramway. From "Street Railways: Their Construction, Operation and Maintenance" by CB Fairchild, 1892.
    2. On the Other Cities page: Rhode Island's Providence Cable Tramway, a short-lived line which was replaced by a counterbalance. I was able to find several reports by the state railroad commissioner which include financial information, accident information, and notes on the company's progress each year
    3. Added a new Chronology page: 2008-Today
    4. Thanks to Harry Marnell and Ray Long: On the Los Angles Area Funiculars page, information about the ultimate fate of the cars from the Court Flight, which had been rumored to still exist
    5. Added a photo of the 46th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
    6. Added News and Bibliography items about an explosion at California and Drumm

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in August, 2008: An 1889 magazine article by cable railway engineer Robert Gillham, along with a brief biographical sketch

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Jul-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Apr-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-May-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) June, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Val Lupiz photo of recently rebuilt Powell Street Car 25
    2. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, more photos of the rebuilt car 25 and the brand new Powell Street car 15. Reports about car 25 going into revenue service
    3. Added News and Bibliography items about an car 25's return to service
    4. On the Who page: A new article about Henry Root, the engineer who designed and built the California Street Cable Railroad, along with a new page of excerpts from his memoirs, "Henry Root, Personal History and Reminiscences with Personal Opinions on Contemporary Events 1845-1921"
    5. On the Miscellany page: More excerpts from Poor's Directory of Railway Officials, 1887.
    6. 08-June is the 100th anniversary of the return to service of the Sacramento/Clay line. I found 1908 article from the San Francisco Call: SACRAMENTO AND CLAY CABLE SERVICE RENEWED

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    On my park trains site: A report about a battery tram runaway at the Los Angeles Farmers Market.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    The 46th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest will be held on Tuesday, 03-June-2008 at Noon in Union Square. I don't know why it will be on a Tuesday in June instead of a Thursday in July. I'll be there wearing a beat-up Panama hat and a cable car necktie. Say hello if you see me.

    Coming in July, 2008: Rhode Island's Providence Cable Tramway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Jun-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Apr-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-May-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) May, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Val Lupiz photo of new Powell Street Car 15, taken from a unique angle
    2. On the More California Street Pictures page: Thanks to gripman Gordon Miller, photos of O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde Car 38 being moved in Lakeport, California
    3. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, more photos of the rebuilt car 25 and the brand new Powell Street car 15
    4. Added a News item about the date of the bell ringing contest
    5. Added an article about Howard C Holmes, who designed and built the Ferries & Cliff House Railway, to the Who Was Important in the History of the Cable Car page
    6. Added a banner and a review plugging Nick Tomizawa's excellent video "The Feel of the Rope"
    7. Added a favicon.ico to the site. On some browsers, you will see a little red cable car in the address area and next to bookmarks

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    On my ferryboat site: Thanks to John Schmale, some photos of classic ferries.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    01-May-2008 marks the 125th anniversary of the new New York baseball club (not yet called the Giants) playing its first National League game, defeating the new Phillies club 7-5 at the original Polo Grounds on 110th Street in Manhattan. General and former President Ulysses S Grant attended the game.

    Coming in June, 2008: Excerpts from "Henry Root, Surveyor, Engineer and Inventor", a memoir by the man who designed and built the California Street and Market Street cable railroads

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-May-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Apr-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Nov-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) April, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows a paper model that Val Lupiz made for Walter Rice. It represents Sacramento/Jackson cable car 455, which was destroyed by the falling chimney of the Washington/Mason powerhouse on the morning of 18-April-1906
    2. On the Miscellany page: A new page about Cable Car Models. Walter Rice's collection, models by Val Lupiz, the Hawk model, Lego Models, and Lefton Models
    3. On the Kitsch page: A menu from the Buena Vista Cafe. Another Italian charm and a zipper pull charm. A Planet Hollywood pin. An ashtray made in occupied Japan. A cable car-shaped telephone.
    4. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, more photos of the rebuilt car 25 and the brand new Powell Street car. 25 has been painted an interesting shade of red
    5. Added a News item about a cable car appearing in a currently-shooting movie
    6. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added "Walk a Crooked Mile"
    7. Added new item on the Why page about this site moving from AOL to GeoCities
    8. Added new Ten Years Ago This Month section

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    15-April-2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the first game played by the San Francisco Giants. They defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers at Seals Stadium. 20-April-2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the last Key System trains on the Bay Bridge.

    Coming in May, 2008: Selections from the 1887 edition of "Poor's Directory of Railway Officials"

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Apr-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 31-Dec-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Nov-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) March, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows a Chicago gentleman, taken in wine, who has gone to sleep on the safety fender of a Madison Street cable car
    2. On the Chicago page: Two 1901 newspaper stories about Chicago cable cars. One is about love and the other is about drunkenness and safety fenders
    3. On the More Muni Photos page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, a new section on the homecoming of Powell Street Car 25 and the delivery a brand new car
    4. On the new Cable Car Video page: - California Street car 58 decorated for CChristmas. Also on the Decorated Cable Cars page - Powell Street car 12 takes the pull curvve inbound from Washington to Powell - Blue and Gold Powell Street cable car 166 runs inbound past the Saint Francis Hotel - California Street car 49, stuck on an uppgrade, getting a push from an inspector - F Line views of San Francisco B-Type strreetcar 130 and Melbourne W-2 class tram 496 - A shot of the only jitney bus left in Saan Francisco

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in April, 2008: A new page about cable car models and several new items on the Kitsch page

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Mar-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 31-Dec-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Nov-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) February, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Val Lupiz photo of car 9, decorated for the holidays by the Buena Vista Cafe, at the car barn
    2. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Photos of cable cars decorated for the 2007 holidays

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in March, 2008: Two newspaper stories about Chicago cable cars. One is about love and the other is about drunkenness and safety fenders

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Feb-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 31-Dec-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Nov-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) January, 2008 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the January, 2008 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is an image from the 31-May-1903 "San Francisco Call" that reconstructs the a collision between a Fillmore Street electric car and a Haight Street cable car
    2. On the Market Street Railway page: "SCORES OF LIVES ARE ENDANGERED AND DEATH AVERTED BY A MIRACLE IN ACCIDENT ON TRACTION LINES", a 1903 "San Francisco Call" article about a collision between a Fillmore Street electric car and a Haight Street cable car
    3. Added an article about the 2007 Cable Car Division Senior Luncheon to the San Francisco Miscellany page. I got to meet Barbara Davies Walsh, Miss Cable Car 1973
    4. Added an article about Walter Rice to the Who Was Important in the History of the Cable Car page
    5. Added a News and Bibliography item about an effort to rebuild the Mornington cable tram line, which had been abandoned in 1957, in Dunedin, New Zealand
    6. Added Bibliography items about security guards looking for fare collection problems, a stoppage on the California Street line, and new the people who build new cable cars

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    On my Ferryboats page, I have a news item about Washington State Ferries' retirement of the former San Francisco boats known as the Steel Electrics:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in Febuary, 2008: Cable cars decorated for Christmas, 2007

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Jan-2008)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 31-Dec-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Nov-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com



    Subject: (tan) December, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a A 1946 Charles L Reed Christmas cartoon from the December 1946 issue of "Trolley Topics", Muni's employees' newlsetter. Provided by Walter Rice, from the Tom Matoff collection.
    2. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article "Christmas on the Cables", and the Decorated Cable Cars page. Both are on the San Francisco page.
    3. On the Market Street Railway page: "MARKET STREET VIEWS STIR ORPHEUM PATRONS", a 1907 "San Francisco Call" article about what may have been the world premiere of the movie "A Trip Down Market Street"

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    On my Park Trains and Tourist Trains page, I have a new article about a visit to the Nut Tree, with photos and videos:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in January, 2008: A 1903 newspaper article about a collision between a Fillmore Street electric car and a Haight Street cable car

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Dec-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Nov-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated erratically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) November, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. page: 26-November-2007 marks the 175th birthday of the Horse Car
    2. The picture of the month is an 1886 advertisement for the John Stephenson Company, which shows their first horse car, the John Mason of 1832, and their latest model
    3. On the Miscellany page: A new article on horse car history. Other items with the article:
    - An 11-March-1906 newspaper article about Michael Houlihan, who drove the URR's franchise-protecting horse car line on California Street
    - A 29-July-1917 New York Times article about New York's last horse car

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    My ferryboat page has moved to a new location:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in December, 2007: A 1906 newspaper article about what may have been the world premiere of the movie "A Trip Down Market Street"

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Nov-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Sep-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated erratically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) October, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows California Street Cable Railroad carmen in 1902, in their club room in the powerhouse at California and Hyde
    2. On the Cal Cable page: "How The 'Grip' Arm is Trained", a 1902 "San Francisco Call" article about physical training and recreation for California Street Cable Railroad carmen
    3. On the More Muni Photos page: A new section on Wreckers and Service Trucks, with photos of a California Street car having its grip changed and photos and videos two Powell Street cars being towed
    4. Added News items about a cable unstranding on California Street and a new children's book
    5. On the new Cable Car Video page:
    - A new section on Wreckers and Service Trucks, with photos of a California Street car having its grip changed and photos and videos two Powell Street cars being towed. Also on the More Muni Photos page
    - F Line views of New Orleans 952 and the Blackpool Boat

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    On Labor Day Weekend, we visited Ardenwood Historic Farm Regional Park in Fremont for the Seventh Annual Washington Township Railroad Fair. See photos and videos of the steam train and horse-drawn car on my Park Trains and Tourist Trains site:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    My ferryboat page has moved to a new location. I have some news items about problems with Alameda ferries:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog. I recently participated in a slapstick blog-a-thon:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in November, 2007: 26-November-2007 is the 175th birthday of the horse car. I'm adding a new page about horse cars and a March, 1906 newspaper article about Michael Houlihan, who drove the franchise-protecting horse car on California Street

    Also coming in November, 2007: On the Market Street Railway page -- A 1903 newspaper article about a collision at Haight and Fillmore

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Oct-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-Sep-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated erratically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) September, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is Powell Street car 2, with its front dash removed because of dry rot
    2. On the More Muni Photos page: A new section on a visit I paid to the car barn with Val Lupiz. I took lots of photos and videos
    3. On the UK page: London's Tower Subway, a cable-driven line which ran for a few months in 1870
    4. On the new Cable Car Video page:
    - Cars pulling out from the car barn and other images from a visit I made. Also on the More Muni Photos page
    - Two more Powell/Market turntable shots
    - Melbourne W-2 tram 496 on the F Line

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    This Labor Day Weekend, visit Ardenwood Historic Farm Regional Park in Fremont for the Seventh Annual Washington Township Railroad Fair. It will feature steam train rides, horse-drawn train rides, a garden railroad layout, and lots of farm animals. See photos from previous fairs at my Park Trains and Tourist Trains site:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    My ferryboat page has moved to a new location:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in October, 2007: On the Cal Cable page: A 1903 newspaper article about physical training for gripmen and conductors

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Sep-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Jun-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated erratically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) August, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a view up the 9th Street incline in Kansas City
    2. On the new Kansas City page: An 1885 magazine article about the Kansas City Cable Railway, with an interesting description of the duplicate cable system
    3. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: The 2007 results, reported by Val Lupiz
    4. On the new Cable Car Video page:
    - Powell Street car 28 crossing California. (also on the How page)
    - "A Trip Down Powell Street": taken from the back platform of Powell Street car 21
    - PCC 1052 and 1053 make the turn at Market and Steuart
    - PCC 1077, a recent arrival from Newark, runs along Market Street
    5. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added "Foul Play"

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    My Park Trains and Tourist Trains page has reports on my visits this summer to Disneyland (I finally got to see Locomotive #5, the Ward Kimball), Travel Town (photos of Cal Cable #21), and Descanso Gardens:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/

    My ferryboat page has moved to a new location:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in September, 2007: On the UK page: London's Tower Subway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Aug-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Jun-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated erratically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) July, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is Jennifer De Grassi, Miss Cable Car, 1968
    2. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page: Jennifer Williams, Miss Cable Car 1968, shares memories and clippings from her exciting summer
    3. On the new Kansas City page: The Union Cable Railway, which used an experimental grip and operated for one day
    4. On the new Cable Car Video page with four new cable car videos and some others:
    - Cal cable car 56 going through the crossover at California and Drumm. (also on the How page)
    - Cal cable car 52 leaving California and Drumm
    - Cal cable car 50 arriving at California and Van Ness (also on the How page)
    - Cal cable car 50 leaving California and Van Ness (also on the How page)
    - Two videos of a Breda car crossing the Fourth Street Bridge on the T-Third Street line
    - F-Line car 1075, a recent arrival from Newark, passes in front of the Ferry Building
    - Breda 1523 pops out of the portal at Folsom and the Embarcadero on the J-Line
    5. Added a News and Bibliography item about an elderly lady struck by a Powell/Mason car
    6. Split the site map into four pages to follow Google recommendations
    7. Added "Picture of the Month -- Ten Years" to the Why page -- some interesting statistics and stories about the Picture of the Month, which started in July, 1997

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Don't forget: The 45th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest is scheduled for Thursday, 12-Jul-2007 at noon in Union Square.

    My ferryboat page has moved to a new location:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/

    As if I didn't have enough websites to keep track of, I now have a blog:
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com

    Coming in August, 2007: On the Kansas City page: An 1885 magazine article about the Kansas City Cable Railway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Jul-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (new url) (updated 30-Jun-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated erratically)
    http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com


    Subject: (tan) June, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is the patent drawing for the design of the California-type car
    2. On the California Street page: John Hammond's 1891 patent D21,042, for the design of the California-type car
    3. Added a News and Bibliography item about a surprise encounter with relics of the Melbourne cable tram system. Thanks to Bill Bolton for pointing it out, and Mal Rowe for the use of two of his photos. Also added photos and information to the Melbourne cable tramways article.
    4. On the new Kansas City page: The Peoples' Cable Railway, including an interesting selection from the 1900 book "American Street Railway Investments" about the Brooklyn Avenue Railway, successor to the Peoples' Cable Railway
    5. Rolled out a new Cable Car Video page with two new cable car videos: Car 28 at the switch on Powell between Washington and Jackson (also on the More Muni Pictures page, with a still photo of old car 28 at the same location in 2001. Car 18 inbound on Powell Street from California to Post. A long video with lots of interesting traffic, and a glimpse of Mister Smiley. Also two videos of new F Line cars from Newark.
    6. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added "Daydreams", a Buster Keaton short, and three features, "In Love and War", "No Escape", and "Man's Favorite Sport"

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    On my ferryboat page, I have a review of "Ferries on San Francisco Bay" by Paul Trimble and William Knorp: http://home.comcast.net/~cable_car_guy/ferry.html

    Coming in July, 2007: On the San Francisco page: Miss Cable Car, 1968

    Also coming in July, 2007: On the Kansas City page: The Union Cable Railway, which operated for one day

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Jun-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2007)
    http://home.comcast.net/~cable_car_guy/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) May, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is an image looking across the West Bottoms at the Kansas City Cable Railway's 9th Street trestle and the Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit Company's 8th Street trestle and tunnel portal
    2. On the new Kansas City page: The Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit Company (one of my favorite company names). Also added an interesting selection from the 1900 book "American Street Railway Investments" about the Metropolitan Street Railway, which includes information about the many companies which it consumed
    3. Two videos: On the Ferries and Cliff House page: Car 17 passing the Saint Francis Hotel. On the California Street page: Car 58 climbing towards Montgomery Street.
    4. On the Motorized Cable Cars page: Photos of imitation cable cars, mostly used for sightseeing.
    5. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A nighttime photo of car 28 decorated for Christmas, 2006.
    6. Added News and Bibliography items about a fare audit in San Francisco and a surprise encounter with relics of the Edinburgh cable tram system
    7. Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz: A new Chronology item about an additional Powell Street run

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    On my ferryboat page, I have a review of Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria's new book, "The Key System: San Francisco and the Eastshore Empire": http://home.comcast.net/~cable_car_guy/ferry.html

    Coming in June, 2007: On the Kansas City page: The Peoples' Cable Railway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-May-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Apr-2007)
    http://home.comcast.net/~cable_car_guy/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) April, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is an image created by Val Lupiz to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Powell/Hyde line. It shows 507, which was the first car to run on the new line on 07-Apr-1957.
    2. On the Kitsch page: A video of my Bachman ho cable car under the Christmas tree. Magazine ads for Old Crow, San Francisco tourism, and the Saint Francis Hotel. A 1972 top 30 survey from KFRC. Three images of a Department 57 model of a Powell Street car. A 1984 All Star Game program. A 2007 SF Giants promotional poster with pitcher Matt Cain
    3. On the Muni page: The 50th anniversary of the Powell/Hyde Line
    4. On the How page: A video clip of car 21 on the turntable at Powell and Market
    5. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Two photos of car 17. More Christmas 2006 photos coming next month.
    6. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added "After the Thin Man", with a photo, "Moran of the Lady Letty" and the number of the Powell Street car that Humphrey Bogart rode in "Dark Passage"

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    07-April-2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Powell/Hyde line.

    Thanks to Val Lupiz for pointing out that 10-April-2007 marks the 17th birthday of Powell car 16.

    Coming in May, 2007: Kansas City's Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit Company (one of my favorite company names)

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Apr-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) March, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    This is another fairly sparse month because of work and home commitments.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows a combination car of Kansas City's Grand Avenue Railway.
    2. On the new Kansas City page: On the new Kansas City page: The Grand Avenue Railway
    3. On the Sutter Street Railway page: "The Sutter Street Railway - San Francisco's Second Cable Car Line" by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria, a greatly revised and expanded illustrated article
    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A photo of car 13. More Christmas 2006 photos coming next month.
    5. On the San Francisco page: Moved Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars to a separate page. Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added "A Gathering of Eagles". Thanks to Steve Hill, I added screen captures of the titles of many of the movies.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in April, 2007: Many new items on the Kitsch page (more Kansas City in May)

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Mar-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) February, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    This is another fairly sparse month because of work and home commitments.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows two trains passing at the top of the bridge used by Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway to reach Union Depot in the West Bottoms.
    2. The results of the Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes: "San Francisco With a $5 Cable Car Fare".
    3. On the new Kansas City page: Kansas City's Metropolitan Street Railway. This company's lines served both Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. The company wound up controlling almost every cable car line in Kansas City, Missouri
    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A photo of car 3. More Christmas 2006 photos coming next month.
    5. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, information about the 1959 movie "Crime of Passion."
    6. On the Kitsch and Interview with Mrs. Barbara Kahn Gardner pages: Walter Rice has written about Kitty Margolis, a jazz singer who is Samuel Kahn's granddaughter.
    7. Added News and Bibliography items about reconstruction work on Angel's Flight in Los Angeles. It may reopen this summer

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in March, 2007: Kansas City's Grand Avenue Railway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Feb-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) January, 2007 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy New Year, everyone. I wish you a happy and peaceful 2007.

    I just put the January, 2007 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    This is a fairly sparse month because of work and home commitments.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows the Kansas City Cable Railway's 9th Street trestle.
    2. On the new Kansas City page: The Kansas City Cable Railway
    3. Entries to the Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes: "San Francisco With a $5 Cable Car Fare". The results will be announced soon.
    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A list of the cable cars decorated for Christmas, 2006. Photos coming next month.
    5. Added an article about cable traction engineer Robert Gillham to the Who page

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    28-January-2007 marks the 125th anniversary of the beginning of the first US cable car line outside of San Francisco, the Chicago City Railway's State Street line.

    30-January-2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of cable service on Powell Street after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Cars ran from Market to the powerhouse at Washington and Mason.

    Coming in February, 2007: Kansas City Missouri's Metropolitan Street Railway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Jan-2007)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html



    Subject: (tan) December, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month, thanks to Wayne Miller, shows Market Street cable car 133 as it sits on Castro Street on 08-May-1941, waiting to be towed to the scrapper.
    2. Try the new Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes: "San Francisco With a $5 Cable Car Fare"
    3. Added photos from Wayne Miller's collection:
    - Market Street cable car 133, on its way to the scrapper
    - Market Street Railway sand car 0603, converted from an Omnibus cable car
    4. On the Old-Time Radio Shows Which Feature Cable Cars, added an 03-May-1953 episode of The Jack Benny Show. Frankie Remley mistakes the Powell/Market turntable for a record player
    5. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page.
    6. Added News and Bibliography items about a hit piece of "investigative" journalism from KGO Channel 7

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in January, 2007: The Kansas City Cable Railway

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Dec-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) November, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    November, 2006 marks the tenth anniversary of my Cable Car Home Page. Thanks to all the people who have visited and all those who have helped me with information and suggestions.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The pictures of the month are a photo of Car 10 (naturally) and a special tenth anniversary dash sign by Val Lupiz
    2. Tenth Anniversary - November, 1996 - November, 2006
    3. On the Who page: Ten Years After -- what has changed since I started this site
    4. On the San Francisco page: A new page on Old-Time Radio Shows Which Feature Cable Cars, with episodes of "Candy Matson" and "Jack Benny"
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about a repeated shutdowns, and an obituary for mechanic Rick Fong

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in December, 2006: Some cool photographs of historic cable cars

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Nov-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) October, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a photo of Joe Lacey posing with Cal Cable Car 50 at California and Drumm, about 1971
    2. Joe Lacey has been scanning items from his collection. Thanks to Joe for sharing them.
    - On the More Muni Photos page: A new Muni People section, with a photo of Joe Lacey and one of him and a group of other Cable Car Division men in 1971, modelling new uniforms designed by Bill Blass.
    3. On the San Francisco page: A new page about Cable Car Businesses. I welcome suggestions about and pictures of other businesses
    4. On the Market Street Cable Railway page, thanks to Emiliano Echevarria, a 1905 United Railroads floor plan of the McAllister Powerhouse
    5. On the Chicago page: 21-October-2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of cable traction in Chicago, when the former Chicago City Railway's Wabash Avenue line and the North Chicago Clark and Lincoln lines converted to electric traction. Added a photo of a North Chicago cable train.
    6. Rolled out a new Advanced Search page
    7. On the New York/New Jersey page: A newspaper article about the second cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, the Brooklyn Heights Railroad. "IN THE CONDUIT/Final Preperations for the Montague Street Line", which describes the line's first cable being threaded. I would like to know the name of the poor kid who had to crawl both ways through the blind conduit
    8. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice for a review of "Woman on the Run", a movie which includes some nice scenes of San Francisco cable cars, electric streetcars, and trolley buses
    9. Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz. A new Chronology item and roster updates on Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco
    10. Added News and Bibliography items about a complete shutdown, an accident on California Street, and a drop in ridership because of the five dollar fare

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in November, 2006: The tenth anniversary of The Cable Car Home Page

    My Park Trains website now covers Park Trains and Tourist Trains. I added an article about the 2006 Labor Day Railfair at Ardenwood Farm, which featured a former Oakland horsecar, and one about a visit to Santa Cruz. The new url: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Oct-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 30-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) September, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is the neon sign of Tony's Cable Car, a tiny hamburger stand at Geary and Lyon in San Francisco
    2. On the San Francisco page: A new page about Cable Car Businesses. I welcome suggestions about and pictures of other businesses
    3. Joe Lacey has been scanning items from his collection. Thanks to Joe for sharing them.
    - On Walter Rice's "A Photo Album of 1970s Cable Car Supporters": A certificate issued to those who attended the 100th anniversary celebration at Portsmouth Square in 1973. Another certificate issued to those who walked the Clay Street Hill route with Margot Patterson Doss on the following Sunday. A picnic invitation issued to the people of the Cable Car Division by Mayor Joe Alioto and the San Francisco Cable Car Centennial Committee.
    - On Walter Rice and Val Lupiz's "The Cable Car Lady & the Mayor": A certificate from the 1947 Citizen's Committee to Save the Cable Cars, signed by Mrs Friedel Klussmann. Also a new section on 1971's Proposition Q, with signs and a letter from the Cable Car Committee, which included Mrs Klussmann.
    - On the Muni page: A 1967 want ad for cable car crew members.
    - On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage, a new section with several of Joe's items
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: An 1891 newspaper article about the plans for building the second cable car line in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Heights Railroad. It mentions a snow sweeper "operated by the cable". I'd like to see how that worked
    5. Added Bibliography item: obituary of gripman Elwood F Nestler
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in October, 2006: A new advanced search page

    My Park Trains website now covers Park Trains and Tourist Trains. I added an article about recent visits to Disneyland and the battery tram at the Los Angeles Farmers' Market. The new url: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html

    An important anniversariy in September:

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Sep-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 31-Aug-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html



    Subject: (tan) August, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows car 24, the only piece of California Street rolling stock to survive the earthquake and fire. 17-Aug-2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the return to service of the California Street Cable Railroad
    2. On the San Francisco in 1906 page: Three 1906 newspaper articles describing the return of the California Street cable cars
    3. On the New York/New Jersey page: One newspaper articles about a runaway accident on the second cable car line in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Heights Railroad.
    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable cars in the 2006 San Francisco Carnaval Parade
    5. Added Bibliography items about the 2006 Bell Ringing contest. The stories have links to a podcast of the event.
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in September, 2006: A fund-raising pamphlet from the 1982-1984 Great Rebuilding

    Ken Lunardi won the 44th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest on Thursday, 13-Jul-2006 at Noon in Union Square.

    My Park Trains website now covers Park Trains and Tourist Trains. I added an article about a recent steam-hauled trip on the California Western, and moved to a new url: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html

    Some important anniversaries in August:

    This month's San Mateo County Fair celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of San Mateo County:
    http://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Aug-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (new url) (updated 31-Aug-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/index.html


    Subject: (tan) July, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows Powell Street car "715", created by Walter Rice, to celebrate Barry Bonds moving past Babe Ruth into second place on the all-time home run list, behind only Hank Aaron.
    2. On the Muni page: A 1974 Powell/Mason schedule
    3. On the new Inexplicable Cable Car Items section on the Kitsch page: Walter Rice found a souvenir magnet showing Sóller, Mallorca's famous Hyde Street cable car.
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: Three newspaper articles about the second cable car line in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Heights Railroad. Also one more 1886 newspaper article about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Cable Company
    5. Added a News and Bibliography items about cable strand trouble
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in August, 2006: August 17, 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the return of the California Street Cable Railroad

    The 44th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest is scheduled for Thursday, 13-Jul-2006 at Noon in Union Square.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Jul-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) June, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month shows Geary Street cable cars running among the ruins in 1906
    2. Results of the 2006 Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes
    3. On the San Francisco in 1906 page: Five 1906 newspaper articles describing the return of the Geary Street cable cars, work on the California Street lines, and the replacement of United Railroads lines with electric traction
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: Five 1872-1899 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad
    5. Added a Bibliography item about a California Street shutdown
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in July, 2006: Newspaper articles about the Brooklyn Heights Railroad, the most successful street-running cable car line in the East

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - (updated 01-Jun-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2006)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) May, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is Powell-Mason car 509 on the turntable at Powell and Market, scanned by Walter Rice from a magazine ad.
    2. Try the new Contest, conceived by Walter Rice, who has also generously provided the prizes: "San Francisco Without Cable Cars"
    3. On the San Francisco page: A new page of Cable Car Advertising Images, scanned by Walter Rice
    4. Also on the San Francisco page: Added a 1951 Collier's Magazine image to The Cable Car Lady & the Mayor by Walter Rice and Val Lupiz, showing Mrs Friedel Klussmann and other cable car supporters.
    5. Walter Rice scanned Samuel Kahn's signature from a stock certificate as part of his article "An Interview With Mrs. Barbara Kahn Gardner, Daughter of Market Street Railway Executive Samuel Kahn"
    6. On the New York/New Jersey page: Five 1870 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad and the Beach Pneumatic Subway
    7. Added a News item about the 18-April-2006 celebrations
    8. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in June, 2006: A contest, with cool prizes. Also, cable car images from magazine ads

    Two big 100 year anniversaries in May:

    May 22 - A generous bribe from the URR, arranged by Abraham "Boss" Ruef, persuaded the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Eugene E Schmitz to allow trolley wires on Market Street

    May 23 - The San Francisco Seals played the first Pacific Coast League game in the Bay Area after the Fire and Earthquake, defeating Fresno 5-4

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-May-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) April, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is the headline of the 19-April-1906 Call=Chronicle=Examiner, printed on the presses of the Oakland Tribune by a combination of three of San Francisco's major newspapers.
    2. On the San Francisco page: A new page about San Francisco in 1906, describing the effect of the earthquake and fire on the city's cable car lines.
    3. Also on the San Francisco page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, a detailed review about the movie "I Love a Soldier", which featured Barry Fitzgerald as a gripman
    4. On the kitsch page: A Bachman ho cable car under the Christmas tree. 1954 and 1960 Bank of America magazine ads
    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: Three 1869 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in May, 2006: A contest, with cool prizes. Also, cable car images from magazine ads

    April 18th is the 100th anniversary of the Earthquake and Fire. I hope to make it to the celebration at Lotta's Fountain.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Apr-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) March, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is Denver Tramway Company Car 40, preserved at the Forney Transportation Museum
    2. On the Other Cities page: A little bit about the Denver Tramway
    3. On the Australia/New Zealand page: Thanks to Stuart James, a photograph of his great-grandfather in a Melbourne engine house, and some family stories
    4. On the San Francisco page: An update to the second edition of Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco, by Robert Callwell & Walter E. Rice. New information about the powerhouse
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about a new book about the history of public transit in Penang, Malaysia
    6. On the New York/New Jersey page: Four 1868 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad
    7. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in April, 2006: The 100th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

    I also wanted to take the opportunity to mention again that there is a new website for the group in Pacifica that is restoring a coach from the Ocean Shore Railroad. There are some nice photos: http://www.oceanshorerailroad.com/

    After a heavy burst of work the last few weekends, the car is now under a roof.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Mar-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) February, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Roslyn cable tram in Dunedin, New Zealand
    2. On the Australia/New Zealand page: 24-February-2004 marks the 125th anniversary of Dunedin, New Zealand's Roslyn Tramway, the first Hallidie-type cable tram line outside of San Francisco. I also updated the small article on Wellington's Kelburn Cable Car to mention that the museum has just received grip car 3 restored to its 1905 appearance
    3. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice, "San Franciscans Fight to Keep Historic Cable Cars", a 1947 Life Magazine article about the beginning of the rebellion against Mayor Roger Lapham's plan to get rid of the Powell Street cable cars. Also "City I Love", a 1946 Time Magazine profile about Mayor Roger Lapham
    4. On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Val Lupiz, a sign warning riders about the California Street line turnback on New Year's Eve, 2005
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about the mayor accusing crewmen of skimming fares and a fatality on Mason Street
    6. On the New York/New Jersey page: Ten 1867-1868 newspaper articles about the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-operated elevated railroad
    7. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in March, 2006: A preserved cable car from the Denver Tramway

    I also wanted to take the opportunity to mention that there is a new website for the group in Pacifica that is restoring a coach from the Ocean Shore Railroad. There are some nice photos: http://www.oceanshorerailroad.com/

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Feb-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) January, 2006 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the January, 2006 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is Car 507 at Washington/Mason in the 1920's
    2. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice, "The Song of the Powell Street Grip", with a recorded reading by Craig Hulsebos of KEAR radio.
    3. On the Muni page: Links to live map's of Muni's cable car lines from NextBus
    4. Added News items about Cal Cable rope unstranding, a new cable car dvd by Nick Tomizawa, and a new cd from Val Golding with historic streetcar photos
    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: An 1887 newspaper article about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. "WON’T BE RASH" which talks about how William Richardson got rooked by the cable people. It proves that the cable system was abandoned before 20-July-1887.
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in March, 2006: The 125th anniversary of the first cable tramway outside of San Francisco, the Roslyn Tramway in Dunedin, New Zealand

    January 3rd is the 100th anniversary of the Mount Lowe incline reopening after a fire.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Feb-2006)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html



    Subject: (tan) December, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is an invitation which Val Lupiz designed for the Cable Car Division's 2005 luncheon for Senior Citizens
    2. On the San Francisco page: A new page about Motorized Cable Cars. Notes from Walter Rice and Val Lupiz on Cal Cable 61/62. I hope to expand this page over time
    3. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, item about the movies Fools, part of which was shot in the cable car barn, and Fog Over Frisco, a 1934 movie with glimpses of cable cars.
    4. On the Muni page: Thanks to Ray Long, a photo of 524 running on Broadway in Los Angeles for a 1949 Shriners parade
    5. On the More MSR Photos page: Val Lupiz found a postcard of an MSR cable RPO car
    6. On the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Walter Rice, a TWA poster
    7. On the New York/New Jersey page: Two 1886 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. "WANTS TO USE THE CABLE", about a request for permission to use cable traction and "CABLE ROAD/The Aldermen Inspect the New York Variety", about a junket to inspect a Manhattan line. Also an 1893 article, "The Passing of Richardson", about the death of Brooklyn Cable Company promoter William Richardson
    8. News items about a major meltdown on Hyde Street, a book signing, and a photo of Cal Cable 59 in New Orleans, thanks to Nick Kibre
    9. On the Bibliography page: Obituaries for Grimes Poznikov, Chester Smith, and Guillermo P Mendoza, Sr. Also a report of a 1980 publicity stunt
    10. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in January, 2006: More newspaper items about New York cable cars

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Dec-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) November, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a photo of a Valencia Street cable car in 1903
    2. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice: "San Francisco Cable Car Service, 1903" -- based on the "San Francisco Official Street Railway Directory, 1903". Also "A Photo Album of 1970s Cable Car Supporters" by Walter Rice
    3. On the More MSR Photos page: Valencia Street 1903 photo
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: 1886 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. "MR. RICHARDSON'S CABLE ROAD", about the initial request for permission and "TO ADOPT JOHNSON'S SYSTEM", about the choice of the ladder cable system
    5. News item about new Powell Street cable car book
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in December, 2005: Motorized cable cars

    17-November-2005 is the 150th anniversary of gambler Charles Cora, fatally shooting Marshall William Richardson. This led to the formation of the 1856 Committee of Vigilance

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Nov-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) October, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a photo of Powell and Market at 7am
    2. On the San Francisco page: Traffic code items about cable cars
    3. On the More Muni Photos page: Powell Street photos
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: 1886 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. "BUILDING THE CABLE ROAD", about early work on the road, "The Cable System Authorized on Park Avenue", about the legal groundwork for the road, and THE CABLE ROAD/Names of its Seven Directors and its Stockholders", about the organization of the company
    5. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in November, 2005: Thanks to Walter Rice: San Francisco Cable Car Service, 1903 -- based on the San Francisco Official Street Railway Directory, 1903.

    29-October-2005 is the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Maryhill Tramway in Dunedin, NZ

    Don't forget, the Market Street Railway's annual open house is Sunday, 02-October-2005 at Market and Duboce

    Visit my Park Trains page for photos of the Labor Day Railfair at Ardenwood Farm, featuring steam and horsedrawn trains.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Oct-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) September, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Peter Ehrlich photo of Dunedin, NZ cable tram 95
    2. On the Australia/New Zealand page: Peter Ehrlich's photos of a Dunedin cable tram
    3. On the San Francisco page: Part Four of Walter Rice and Emiliano Echevarria's "When Steam Ran on the Streets of San Francisco: The Ocean Shore Railroad"
    4. Added News and Bibliography items about accidents at Powell and California and California and Drumm. Also news items about the abusive $5 fare and the presentation of a cable car bell to the outgoing Archbishop
    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. The Rope Broke, about a rope break, and DISSATISFACTION ON THE CABLE ROAD, about labor unrest and a possible shutdown
    6. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable cars in the 2005 San Francisco Carnaval Parade.
    7. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in October, 2005: Sections of San Francisco's vehicle code covering cable cars.

    Visit my Park Trains page for photos of Disneyland's 50th anniversay, including the golden horsecar.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Sep-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Aug-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) September, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Peter Ehrlich photo of Dunedin, NZ cable tram 95
    2. On the Australia/New Zealand page: Peter Ehrlich's photos of a Dunedin cable tram
    3. On the San Francisco page: Part Four of Walter Rice and Emiliano Echevarria's "When Steam Ran on the Streets of San Francisco: The Ocean Shore Railroad"
    4. Added News and Bibliography items about accidents at Powell and California and California and Drumm. Also news items about the abusive $5 fare and the presentation of a cable car bell to the outgoing Archbishop
    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York. The Rope Broke, about a rope break, and DISSATISFACTION ON THE CABLE ROAD, about labor unrest and a possible shutdown
    6. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cable cars in the 2005 San Francisco Carnaval Parade.
    7. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in October, 2005: Thanks to Walter Rice: San Francisco Cable Car Service, 1903 -- based on the San Francisco Official Street Railway Directory, 1903.

    Visit my Park Trains page for photos of Disneyland's 50th anniversay, including the golden horsecar.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Oct-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) August, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Walter Rice photo of Powell Street car 25 with the round dash signs it sported until 1982
    2. On Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz, a collection of Powell Street dash signs. Also an 1898 Cal Cable dividend check
    3. On the San Francisco page: Walter Rice has two more stories about Samuel Kahn, Market Street Railway's principal owner: "Samuel Kahn Paints a Streetcar White," about private party car San Francisco, and "Samuel Kahn, Inventor," about the creation of the White Front Car, with a copy of the patent
    4. Also on the San Francisco page: Thanks to Phil Hoffman, an item about the movie "I Love a Soldier", which featured Barry Fitzgerald as a gripman. Also thanks to Phil Hoffman, an update to the item about the movie "In Harm's Way".
    5. On the New York/New Jersey page: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, including a pedestrian injury and plans to extend the technology
    6. Thanks to Phil Hoffman, a chronology item about Adlai Stevenson campaigning from the back platform of 504 in 1956, and a photo of the event in the article about the car in its new residence at Pac Bell Park
    7. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in September, 2005: More about cable trams in Dunedin, New Zealand.

    Visit my Park Trains page for a new photo of Little Puffer at the SF Zoo.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Aug-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Jul-2005)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) July, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Jim Walker photo of Cal Cable O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde car 42, at a feed lot in Betteravia, California
    2. On Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page: Thanks to Walter Rice, a Muni employee pass, a transit union card, and a menu from a restaurant near the Bay and Taylor turntable.
    3. On the San Francisco page: Walter Rice has more stories about Market Street Railway's principal owner, Samuel Kahn
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, including a fatality, complaints from horse owners, and a cable break
    5. Added News items about the return of car 42 and the upcoming bell ringing contest
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in August, 2005: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jun-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) June, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the June, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Val Lupiz photo of Cal Cable O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde car 42, ready to return to the rails in San Francisco
    2. On the San Francisco page: The Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens page is now the Cable Car Transfers, Tickets, Tokens and Signage page. Thanks to Walter Rice and Val Lupiz, added signs and posters from the 1982 rebuilding, the New Year's Eve 2004 shutdown, and a sign directing patrons to the F Line from the Hyde and Beach turntable
    3. On the Australia/New Zealand page: More information about and photos of the Penang Hills Railway, a funicular
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, including intial testing, complaints, and a fatality
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about the return of car 42 and Cal Cable cars 62 and 46 at the San Franicso Carnaval parade
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in July, 2005: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jun-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) May, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Walter Rice photo of Powell Street cable car 9, displaying its Market Street Railway-style white front colors
    2. On the San Francisco page: Walter Rice's interview with Mrs. Barbara Kahn Gardner, daughter of Market Street Railway's principal owner, Samuel Kahn
    3. On the San Francisco page: The the May installment of Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip: "California, Here I Come"
    4. On the New York/New Jersey page: 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York, and 1854 articles about the first horsecars in Brooklyn.
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about a shutdown of the California Street cable car line. Added bibliography items and updated news items about the wildcat strike on 02-Mar-2005.
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in June, 2005: More 1887 newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York.

    Also coming in June, 2005: On the Australia/New Zealand page: More information about and photos of the Penang Railway.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-May-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) April, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is the cover of the s10-Nov-1960 edition of Downbeat, featuring a collection of jazz musicians, including Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, and Vince Guaraldi, posing on a cable car.
    2. On the Kitsch page: More collectible junk, including the Downbeat magazine cover, more Hard Rock Cafe pins, and an engraved matchbox commemorating the end of cable trams in Melbourne.
    3. On the New York/New Jersey page: A contemporary newspaper article about the experimental non-grip line on the grounds of a lunatic asylum in Binghamton, New York
    4. On the roster page: Thanks to Walter Rice, photos with early examples of Blue and Gold and Green and Cream cars
    5. On the Transfers, Tickets, and Tokens page: Thanks to Walter Rice, another Sutro Railroad ticket and two current $3 collectors’ series tickets. Thanks to Val Lupiz, a rare ticket from the pioneering Clay Street Hill Railroad
    6. News and Bibliography items about the wildcat strike by Cable Car Division crews and the proposal to drastically increase cable car fares
    7. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in May, 2005: Walter Rice's interview with Mrs. Barbara Kahn Gardner, daughter of Market Street Railway executive Samuel Kahn. Also, contemporary newspaper articles about the first cable car line in Brooklyn, New York.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Apr-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) March, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is The cover of the second edition of "Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco."
    2. On the San Francisco page: The not-yet-published second edition of "Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco," by Robert Callwell & Walter E. Rice. Thanks to Bob and Walter for allowing me to carry this on the site.
    3. On the New York/New Jersey page: Contemporary newspaper articles about cable cars in Manhattan, including the beginning of the Broadway line in 1893 and the end in 1901. The company spent all that money on infrastructure and operated it for less than ten years
    4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: Thanks to Walter Rice, two photos of car 504 decorated for a 1954 festival
    5. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in April, 2005: More stuff on the Kitsch page. Also, on the New York/New Jersey page: a contemporary newspaper article about the experimental line on the grounds of a lunatic asylum in Binghamton, New York.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Mar-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) February, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Geary Street Park and Ocean steam train at Central and Geary, in honor of February 16, the 125th anniversary of the start of service on the GSPO
    2. On the San Francisco page: Added "When Steam Ran on The Streets of San Francisco," an article by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria about steam traction in San Francisco.
    3. Added News and Bibliography items about the destruction by fire of a Baltimore cable car powerhouse and barn
    4. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in March, 2005: Contemporary newspaper accounts of cable car operations in Manhattan.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Feb-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) January, 2005 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy new year, everyone.

    I just put the January, 2005 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is Clay Street grip car 8 and trailer 1 at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. On the Chicago page: Some information from Walter Rice about the equipment and its subsequent journey
    2. On the San Francisco page: Added "When Stationary Steam Engines Powered the Cable," an article by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria about the Washington/Mason powerhouse.
    3. Also on the San Francisco page: Updated the Decorated Cable Cars article with photos of the 2004 batch from Val Lupiz and photos from the 1973 centennial from Walter Rice. Help us identify the photos of famous San Franciscans on the Roos Atkins car
    4. Also on the San Francisco page: Added newspaper articles from 1873 about the first test of the Clay Street Hill cable car line, and a series of political attacks on Andrew S Hallidie, who was running for state senate at the time
    5. 15-January-2005 marks the 100th anniversary of the last cable tram to run in Sydney, on the King Street line
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in February, 2005: "When Steam Ran on The Streets of San Francisco," an article by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria. Also the 125th birthday of the Geary Street, Park and Ocean cable car line.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jan-2005)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html



    Subject: (tan) December, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the December, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is Castro Street cable car 3 in the mid-1930s
    2. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice, former Chair of the Friends of the Cable Car Museum, I added two items. "Market Street Railway's Efforts to Curtail Its Cable Car System", two contemporary newspaper articles with an introduction by Walter Rice. "Cable Car Concerto", Glen Hurlburt's 1947 composition that represents a ride on the Mason Street line, with an introductory essay by Walter Rice
    3. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in January, 2005: "When Stationary Steam Engines Powered the Cable", an article about the steam engines at Washington/Mason by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Dec-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) November, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Pacific Avenue cable train, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the abandonment of the line on 17-November-1929
    2. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site: This month, I added "The Sutter Street Railroad - History and Technology", an article by Walter Rice
    3. Also on the San Francisco page: A new article by Walter Rice about the 1950 Broadway Tunnel Construction Project and how it caused the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line to be temporarily replaced by Ford buses. Photos from Robert Townley and Walter Vielbaum.
    4. On the Who page, a photo of Henry Casebolt's balloon car.
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about shutdowns and an accident, including an eyewitness account
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in December, 2004: Contemporary newspaper articles about Market Street Railway's efforts to convert the Castro Street and Sacramento/Clay lines

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Nov-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Oct-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) October, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is the header of a Rider Alert card issued during the 2002 Powell/Market Turntable Replacement
    2. On the San Francisco page: "When Push Comes To Shove", the October edition of "Tales From the Grip", by Val Lupiz
    3. Also on the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site: This month, I added "The Wire Rope Street Railways of San Francisco, California", an 1881 Scientific American article collected by Val Lupiz, with an introduction by Walter Rice
    4. On the New York page: More about the Park Hill Elevator, a funiclar in Yonkers
    5. Added News and Bibliography items about cable car shutdowns and the Bay/Taylor turntable replacement
    6. New items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in October, 2004: In honor of the 75th anniversary of the abandonment of the Pacific Avenue cable line, "The Sutter Street Railroad", an article by Walter Rice

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Oct-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Aug-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) September, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a photo from Grant Dew, showing the East Cliff Lift in Hastings, East Sussex, UK
    2. On the UK page: Cliff lifts in the UK, featuring several Grant Dew photos of the East and West cliff lifts in Hastings
    3. On the More Muni Photos page: Photos of Car 44 (retired Powell Street car 4) at Pac Bell Park, including a photo taken in August by Walter Rice, and a photo I took in February of the car wrapped in tarps for the winter
    4. Also on the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site: This month, I added "Market Street Railway Company Past, Present and Future", a 1925 article from the San Francisco News Letter, with an introduction by Walter Rice.
    5. Added News and Chronology items about Val Lupiz being named Muni's Systemwide Operator of the Month for July, 2004. Congratulations, Val.
    6. Other new items on the Chronology

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in October, 2004: "The Wire Rope Street Railways of San Francisco, California", an 1881 Scientific American article collected by Val Lupiz.

    I updated my Park Trains page with photos from a recent visit to Disneyland. I got to see the monorail wrecker at work.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Sep-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Aug-2004)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) August, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a stamp showing former cable car 72/73 in Douglas, Isle of Man, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the abandonment of the Upper Douglas Cable Tramway, on 19-Aug-1929
    2. On the UK page: Some new items: Articles by Walter Rice about the steam-powered Isle of Man Railway and the Manx Electric Railway
    3. On the San Francisco page: Photos from the 2004 Bell Ringing contest, including photos of all the finalists. Also added more information about the contests from 1985 through 1994, and an article by Muni historian Bob Callwell about the history of the contest: "The Annual Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest - A San Francisco Tradition". I added photos of Cal Cable's Alexander Nielsen, who won the first contest in 1949, and Francesca Cresci, Miss Cable Car 1972
    4. Also on the San Francisco page: Two 1892 magazine articles about the end of the original Clay Street Hill Railroad, with and introduction by Walter Rice
    5. Also on the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site: This month, I added "Proper Techniques and Body Positions for Cable Car Gripmen", a 1972 ergonomic memo preserved by RT Murphy to the page with the 1976 "Instructions for Cable Car Operations", also preserved by Bob
    6. On the Transfers and Tickets page, Walter Rice provided another Sutro Railroad ticket
    7. Several new items on the Chronology
    8. New "Search This Site" function

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in September, 2004: Back to the UK: Cliff lifts in Hastings

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Aug-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Mar-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) July, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Metropolitan Street Railway cable car, which ran on Broadway in New York City
    2. On the New York/New Jersey page: An 1893 newspaper article, "Cable Car Run Amuck", about a Broadway cable car that ran away
    3. Also on the New York/New Jersey page: A new article about the Park Hill Incline, a funicular in Yonkers
    4. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site: This month, "The Cable Car Lady & the Mayor" by Walter Rice and Val Lupiz, an article about the epic battle between Mrs Friedel Klussmann and Mayor Roger Lapham. Also, on the UK page, an article by Walter Rice about the Great Orme Tramway, the only street-running funicular in the UK
    5. On the news and bibliography sections, articles about a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the return of the cable cars after the Great Reconstruction

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in August, 2004: The 75th anniversary of the end of the Upper Douglas Cable Tramway, on the Isle of Man

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jul-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Mar-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) June, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy Memorial Day to all. This is the time to pause and remember the men and women who gave their lives so we could live in freedom.

    I just put the June, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a program from a Union Square cermemoy marking the return of the cables in 1984
    2. On the San Francisco page: A new essay by Val Lupiz and Walter Rice, "20-Years of Being Back and Building for the Future", about the return of the cable cars after the Great Rebuilding in 1982-1984
    3. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site: This month, "Cable Car Transfers, Tickets and Tokens" by Walter Rice, with a new 1970's child's ticket and "Towed by Rail", an 1878 Saint Nicholas Magazine article about cable cars, from Tom Ehrenreich's much-missed Railroad Extra site
    4. On the San Francisco page: A new edition of Val Lupiz column "Tales From the Grip", "Central, We Have a Problem..."
    5. On the news and bibliography sections, articles about the passing of Arnold Gridley, the motorized cable car man, and about a shutdown of the California Street cable car line

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in July, 2004: An 1893 newspaper article about a runaway cable car on Broadway in New York City

    Last month, on May 21, I forgot to wish Fats Waller a happy 100th birthday.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jun-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2004)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Mar-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) May, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the May, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. 15-May-2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the abandonment of the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line and the cutback to Van Ness Avenue of the California Street main line
    2. The picture of the month is a car full of protestors at Hyde and Beach
    3. On the San Francisco page: Newspaper articles about the decision to abandon most of the former Cal Cable system, the last days of the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line, the cutback of the California Street mainline, and Proposition E
    4. On the San Francisco page: A new essay by Walter Rice about Gellett Burgesss' poem "The Ballad of the Hyde Street Grip", with a recorded reading by Craig Hulsebos of KEAR radio
    5. On the San Francisco page: A new essay by Walter Rice, Is It "Mahoney" or "Mahony?", about the builder's plate from car 524
    6. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site: This month Walter Rice's San Francisco Cable Car Chronology and Val Golding's essay "SAN FRANCISCO: that was THE CITY that was"

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in June, 2004: A new essay by Walter Rice and Val Lupiz about the 20th anniversary of the return of the cables after the 1982-1984 reconstruction

    I'm disappointed that the Cable Car Museum website has chosen to remove the link to my site, and to remove all references to me. I will not reciprocate, hoping that they will someday have a change of heart.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-May-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Mar-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) April, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the April, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a nice image of Powell and Market from an old ad
    2. On the San Francisco page: A new edition of Val Lupiz' "Tales From the Grip"
    3. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site: This month Bob Murphy's copy of Muni's "Instructions for Cable Car Operations "
    4. On the Kitsch page: Several new pictures, including some items from the 1984 return after the Great Rebuilding. I also changed the toy cable car picture on the main page.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in May, 2004: The 50th anniversary of the end of the O'Farrell/Jones/Hyde line.

    I also updated my ferryboat and park train sites with photos of Delta ferries and the Redwood Valley Railway in Tilden Park.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Apr-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Mar-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) March, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the March, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a photograph of grips at Washington/Mason
    2. On the San Francisco page: Thanks to Walter Rice's kind offer and hard work, I have started to migrate some articles from the Cable Car Museum site, including the Cal/Hyde carbarn and powerhouse, a 1962 Road and Track road test of a cable car, and the Historic American Engineering Record study of Washington/Mason
    3. On the San Francisco/Municipal Railway page: More Muni pictures, including ones taken during a December, 2003 tour of the barn.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in April, 2004: Updates to the Kitsch page

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Mar-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) February, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the February, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a photograph of the crowd on the last day of the Jones Street Shuttle
    2. On the San Francisco page: 1954 Newspaper articles about the last day of the Jones Street Shuttle and more information on the Cal Cable page
    3. On the San Francisco page/Roster: Retirement of old car 28 and rollout of new 28
    4. On the Other California Cities page: A turntable discovered at Mountian View Cemetery and a photo of the former Consolidated Piedmont powerhouse

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in March, 2004: On the San Francisco page: Photos from Washington/Mason

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jan-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) January, 2004 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    Happy New Year, everyone.

    I just put the January, 2004 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a postcard showing a car on the turntable at Geary and Kearney
    2. On the San Francisco page: 1912 Newspaper articles about the last days of the Geary Street, Park and Ocean Railroad
    3. On the San Francisco page: New illustrated page about Decorated Cable Cars
    4. On the Who page: New article about Ray McCann

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in February, 2004: On the San Francisco page: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the abandonment of the Jones Street Shuttle on 07-Feb-1952, newspaper articles about the last day

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jan-2004)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html



    Subject: (tan) December, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving

    I just put the December, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Christmas tree decorated with cable cars
    2. The December installment of gripman Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip: "Rain, Rain Go Away"
    3. On the San Francisco page: Take a look at Joe Lacey's classic article Christmas on the Cables.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    One big non-cable related anniversary coming on 18-Dec-2003, the 100th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright making the first powered, controlled flight

    Coming in January, 2004: On the San Francisco page: Newspaper articles about the last day of the Geary Street, Park and Ocean cable line

    There are several big anniversaries coming in 2004.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Dec-2003)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) November, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the November, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Paris grip car
    2. On the Other Cities page, I added the Tramway Funiculaire de Belleville, the only Hallidie-type cable line in France
    3. On the Miscellany page, I added my attempt at translating an 1890 magazine article about the Tramway Funiculaire de Belleville
    4. On the bell ringing contest page, I added photos from this year's contest

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in December, 2003: On the San Francisco page: More Christmas-related items

    Every December for about ten years, the men and women of the Cable Car Division have put on a holiday luncheon and entertainment for a large group of senior citizens from San Francisco retirement homes. They do this on their own, without financial support from Muni or the City.

    In order to raise funds this year, they are having an auction. Prizes are expected to include three conductor's bells signed by champion bell ringers (Carl Payne, Ken Lunardi, Byron Cobb, Frank Ware, and current champ Ronald East), autographed Giants memorabilia, a charter ride on a decorated cable car, and a limousine ride chauferred by Carl Payne, with dinner for two.

    If you want to buy tickets to support this worthy cause, please contact list member Val Lupiz.

    I have a photo of one of the prizes with a news item on the raffle.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Nov-2003)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) October, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the October, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Belding Brothers silk thread ad, showing a Chicago cable train being pulled by its product
    2. On the Chicago page, added poem by Franklin Pierce Adams about his youth in Chicago (including cable cars) and more photos of Chicago cable cars
    3. On the Pacific Northwest page, added information and photos, kindly supplied by Ron Gates, about the booths from Steve's Cable Car room in Tacoma, now in an Italian restaurant in Sumner, WA
    4. On the Cal Cable page, added information about car 45, which was offerred for sale on EBay

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in November, 2003: On the Other Cities page: Le Tramway Funiculaire de Belleville, the only Hallidie-type cable tram in France. Also my attempt at translating a contemporary article from the original French

    The 40th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest is scheduled for Thursday, 16-Oct-2003, Noon at Union Square.

    Go Giants.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Oct-2003)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (tan) September, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the September, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is an atmospheric shot of a rainy day at Hayes and Van Ness in 1890
    2. On the Market Street Cable Railway, More Market Street Photos, and "South of the Slot" pages, I thumbnailed the old photos and added some new ones, including a postcard of the Chutes amusement park on Fulton
    4. Added new page about the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
    5. Added information about new fares, effective 01-Sep-2003 to the San Francisco page
    6. Added 1903 phone numbers for several San Francisco companies

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in October, 2003: On the Chicago page: A poem by FPA

    The 40th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest is scheduled for Thursday, 16-Oct-2003.

    01-Sep-2003 marks the 100th anniversary of Kansas City's former Grand Avenue Railroad cable lines (15th Street, Holmes Street, Walnut Street) ceasing cable operation.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Sep-2003)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Jun-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Jul-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (ot) August, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the August, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a postcard showing Second and Madison in Seattle
    2. The August installment of gripman Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip
    3. On the Pacific Northwest page I added more about Seattle's cable cars and counterbalances. Thanks to Val Golding for lending me an excellent book on the subject
    4. Added more photos of dash signs to the SF Muni page. Thanks to Val Lupiz for sharing photos of his collection
    5. Added Disney pin and Italian Charm to the Kitsch page

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in September, 2003: On the Market Street Railway page, more photos

    On my Park Trains page, I added an illustrated article about my July visit to the LA Farmers Market, where I rode the battery tram. I know it's not a park, but I had to put the article somewhere. I also updated my Disneyland page with more text and photos.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Aug-2003)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Jun-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Jul-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (ot) July, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date:

    I just put the July, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url:
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a postcard of the Skagit Incline
    2. On the Pacific Northwest page I added Seattle City Light's Skagit Incline, which still operates
    3. I added more photos to my SF Muni page, and some highlights from the draft 2003 Short Range Transit Plan. Thanks to Matt Lee for pointing out the plan
    4. I added News items about an accident on Powell and a brief Cal Cable shutdown, and about the retirement of Head Instructor Saddati Ahmad

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in August, 2003: On the Pacific Northwest page: More about Seattle cable cars, and three inclines which I recently learned about

    The 40th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest will be held in Union Square on Thursday, 17-Jul-2003 at Noon. Look for a guy with a cable car tie and a rumpled Panama hat. I will try to post the results when I get home

    08-Jul-2003 will be the 100th anniversary of the opening of the upper section of the Great Orme Tramway in Wales. See both my UK page the the Cable Car Museum site for articles about Great Orme
    17-Jul-2003 will be the 125th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Old Saint Mary's
    23-Jul-2003 will be the 50th anniversay of the truce which ended the Korean War, at least until now
    26-Jul-2003 will be the 100th anniversay of Layman's Castle at the top of Telegraph Hill burning to the ground. See my SF page for a photo of the Castle, with a car of the Telegraph Hill Railroad, a street-running funicular

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jul-2003)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Jun-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 01-May-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: (ot) June, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date: Sat, 31 May 2003 19:01:19 +0000

    I just put the June, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server at my new url (a birthday present from my wife):
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

    The old url will still work for a while, but if you have the site bookmarked or linked, please change it.

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a cable car in Butte, Montana. Most people, even in Butte, don't know that Butte had cable cars
    2. On the Pacific Northwest page I added the Butte City Street Railroad, the pilot installation of a revolutionary shallow-conduit technology
    3. I added more photos to my article about the California Street Cable Railroad's 125th anniversary party
    4. I added a News item about San Francisco's Carnaval Parade, where gripman Val Lupiz drove motorized Cal Cable car 62. Thanks to Val for the photo
    5. I added a News item about a recent accident on California Street

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in July, 2003: On the Pacific Northwest page: The Skagit Incline

    02-Jun-2003 will be the 100th anniversary of the "Peace Agreement" between the Kansas City, Missouri city government and the Metropolitan Street Railway, which allowed the company to convert its remaining cable lines to electricity. 16-Jun-2003 will be the 100th birthday of the Ford Motor Company. This was Henry Ford's third attempt at starting a company to manufacture autos.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page - new url - (updated 01-Jun-2003)
    http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 01-May-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: May, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 19:28:23 +0000

    I just put the May, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. I am proud to host gripman Val Lupiz's new quarterly column, "Tales from the Grip". Look for the banner on the main page.
    2. The picture of the month is a car from the south line of the Spokane Cable Railway
    3. On the Pacific Northwest page I added the short-lived Spokane Cable Railway. Thanks to Don Galt for providing much information. This company was unique in using direct-drive hydro power
    4. I moved my article about the California Street Cable Railroad's 125th anniversary party to a separate page and added some photos. More to come next month
    5. I added Added News and Bibliography items about Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria's new book "San Francisco's California Street Cable Car/Celebrating a Century and a Quarter of Service"

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in June, 2003: On the Pacific Northwest page: Butte, Montana's Butte City Street Railroad, the pilot installation of a revolutionary shallow conduit grip.

    29-May-2003 will be Bob Hope's 100th birthday.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Apr-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 01-May-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: April, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 19:28:23 +0000

    I just put the April, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a first day cover issued to commemorate the California Street Cable Railroad's 100th anniversary in 1978
    2. To honor the California Street Cable Railroad's 125th anniversary, on 10-Apr-2003, I added some more photos to the More California Street pictures page
    3. I added many new items to the Kitsch page, including a series of souvenir tickets isssued by Muni, Lefton models of cable cars, and other items. My favorites are a Citizens Federal Savings piggy bank and a poster for last year's Strictly Bluegrass 2 Festival.
    4. On the San Francisco page, I added an excerpt from an 1880 book, "Travels with Jottings" by Edward D Holton, which describes an early ride on the California Street Cable Railroad.
    5. I added news and bibliography items about the anti-war protests.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in May, 2003: On the Pacific Northwest page: Spokane, Washington's unique and short-lived system.

    Don't miss Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria's new article "Cal Cable’s Hyde & California Street Car Barn & Powerhouse" on the San Francisco Cable Car Museum site:
    http://www.cablecarmuseum.com/

    04-Apr-2003 will mark the 150th birthday of the California Academy of Sciences.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Apr-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (new url)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: March, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date: Sat, 01 Mar 2003 16:31:23 +0000

    I just put the March, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Tacoma, Washington cable car
    2. On the Pacific Northwest page I added the Tacoma Railway and Motor Company. Only two US cities had Hallidie-type cable cars after Tacoma
    3. Also on the Pacific Northwest page: An article and photos about Steve's Gay 90's, a restaurant which featured the Cable Car Room and a motorized San Francisco cable car. I'd like to know what happened to the car.
    4. I added news and bibliography items about the Chinese New Year's parade and the next days' anti-war protest.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in April, 2003: The 125th birthday of the California Street Cable Railroad and new additions to the Kitsch page. I'll be back to the Pacific Northwest in May, with Spokane, Washington's unique system.

    It's not cable-related, but 10-Mar-2003 will mark Bix Beiderbecke's 100th birthday.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Mar-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 28-Feb-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (new url)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: February, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Date: Sat, 01 Feb 2003 16:03:41 +0000

    I just put the February, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a Portland, Oregon cable car
    2. On the Pacific Northwest page I added the Portland Cable Railway, which was famous for a huge trestle that climbed Portland Heights. I have a nice postcard which shows the trestle.
    3. San Francisco page: Thumbnailed photos of the California Street Cable Railroad. April will be the line's 125th birthday. Watch for new stuff over the next few months.
    4. I added news and bibliography items about the proposed fare hike from $2 to $3.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in March, 2003: Pacific Northwest page: Tacoma, Washington cable cars.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Feb-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Jan-2003)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (new url)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html


    January, 2003 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the January, 2003 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a postcard showing Second and Madison in Seattle
    2. I am converting the Seattle page into a Pacific Northwest page. I added some more information about Seattle cable cars and some more images. I'm always happy to get more information from my learned visitors. I'll do the rest of the Pacific Northwest over the next several months.
    3. San Francisco page: More photos from the conclusion of the Powell/Market turntable replacement project

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in February, 2003: New Pacific Northwest page: Portland, Oregon cable cars.

    Happy New Year,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Jan-2003)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2002)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (new url)
    http://www.geocities.com/rollomcgurk/html/ptrain.html



    Subject: December, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the December, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a photo of the new turntable at Powell and Market the day it was installed
    2. San Francisco Miscellany page: An illustrated article about the recent project to replace the turntable at Powell and Market
    3. New York/New Jersey page: The Beach Pneumatic Subway. It's not a cable car line, but I have always found it interesting
    4. San Francisco page: Thumbnails and new photos on the Clay Street Hill Railroad page. 5. Who page: More information and photos in the Andrew S Hallidie article.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in January, 2003: New Pacific Northwest page: More about Seattle cable cars.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Dec-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Nov-2002)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: November, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the November, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is a cartoon showing the carnage around Dead Man's Curve (Broadway and 14th Street). There is another cartoon in the body of the article
    2. New York/New Jersey page: The Metropolitan Street Railway. The article includes the terrible political chicanery which surrounded the granting of the franchise. There is also a beautiful print of the Broadway and Houston powerhouse from Randall, who used to live there
    3. New York/New Jersey page: Photo of Brooklyn Heights cable cars on Montague Street
    4. News items about the bell ringing contest and turntable replacement on Powell Street

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in December, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: The Beach Pneumatic Subway and more Clay Street Hill photos.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Nov-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2002)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: October, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the October, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. The picture of the month is an open parlor car that ran in Harlem
    2. New York/New Jersey page: The Third Avenue Railroad
    3. Items about a gripman who was attacked and the restoration of Seattle's Iron Pergola

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in November, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: The Metropolitan Street Railway.

    On my ferryboat page, I haveinformation about two historic ferries, San Mateo and Fresno, that Arnold Gridley, Cable Car Charters founder, has put up for sale.

    I added a photo of a locomotive from the 1915 fair to my Park Trains page.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Oct-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2002)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Sep-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: September, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the September, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New York/New Jersey page: The New York and Brooklyn Bridge Railway, a unique cable-driven rapid transit line
    2. The picture of the month is a cross-section of the Brooklyn Bridge
    3. On the Australia/New Zealand page, I added an article about the Penang Hills funicular in Malaysia. I know it is not in Australia or New Zealand, but Ric Francis, who provided the information and photos, is in Perth
    4. Add photo of Byron Cobb, cable car bell ringing champion, at the Union Square reopening.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in October, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: The Third Avenue Railroad in New York.

    On my ferryboat page, I added information about two historic ferries, San Mateo and Fresno, that Arnold Gridley, Cable Car Charters founder, has put up for sale.

    I forgot to mention last month that I added photos from a recent visit to Disneyland to my Park Trains page.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Sep-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Aug-2002)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Jul-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html


    Subject: August, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the August, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. 31-Jul-2002 marks the 100th anniversary of the lower section of the Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno, Wales. I added an article about this street-running funicular to my UK page.
    2. The picture of the month is one of four nice shots of the Great Orme Tramway by Martin Schönherr. Check his site: http://www.paschberg.gmxhome.de
    3. New item about the Union Square reopening. Byron Cobb, cable car bell ringing champion, was one of the guests, and he performed.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in September, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: The New York and Brooklyn Bridge Railroad, a rapid transit line.

    August 22 will mark the 100th anniversary of a major accident in Kansas City, MO. A train descending the Ninth Street trestle of the former Kansas City Cable Railway lost the rope and ran into another train, killing the gripman of the runaway train and injuring 17 passengers.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Aug-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Jun-2002)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 31-Jul-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html



    Subject : [cablecars] July, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page Date : Sat, 29 Jun 2002 02:14:02 +0000

    I just put the July, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New York/New Jersey page: We cross the East River to Manhattan, to visit the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, an unsuccessful pre-Hallidie elevated line in Manhattan. It became the basis of the Ninth Avenue El. The picture of the month shows Charles T Harvey making a test run
    2. On the Who page, a new article about Charles T Harvey, builder of the West Side and Yonkers and the Soo Ship Canal
    3. Miscellaney/Newspaper articles: I added two articles about the 1949 Cal Cable strike. The platform men were earning $1.48 an hour. They wanted a raise to $1.50 to achieve parity with Muni employees. The company offerred to cut their pay to $1.36. Aren’t you happy you live today?
    4. Miscellany: Added new Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1870-1879) page. This contains several interesting articles on early elevated and steam street traction development

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in August, 2002: UK page: June 31 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Lower Great Orme Tramway, a street running funicular that still operates in Llandudno, Wales, so I am adding an article about it.

    July 5 will mark the 125th anniversary of the start of construction of the California Street Cable Railroad.

    July 15 will mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first Wells Fargo office on Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

    Happy Independence Day,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Jul-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Jun-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 01-Mar-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"



    Subject: June, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the June, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New York/New Jersey page: Still on the occupied city of Brooklyn, I have an article about the Brooklyn Heights Railroad, the most successful street-running line in the East. Cable service lasted until 1909.
    2. San Francisco page: Added more photos to the Muni article. I thumbnailed photos on that page and the roster, and added information about 524's 1950 trip to LA.
    3. Added some photos and a cable car bell sound file to the How page. Also added the sound to the cover page. Please let me know if it bothers you.
    4. Added new page of old newspaper articles about cable cars with two subjects: the end of the Pacific Avenue line in 1929 and the 1935 accident that killed the towerman at California and Powell

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in July, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: The West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a pre-Hallidie elevated line in Manhattan. It became the basis of the Ninth Avenue El

    June 9 will be the 100th anniversay of the Mount Auburn Cable Railway (Cincinnati, Ohio) converting to electricity.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Jun-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-May-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 01-Mar-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Sat Apr 27, 2002 2:06 am
    Subject: May, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the May, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New York/New Jersey page: I move on to the occupied city of Brooklyn, with an article about the Brooklyn Cable Railway's Johnson ladder cable non-grip line. The system used two parallel cables joined by rungs. The promoter was the same Tom L Johnson who founded the Johnson Farebox Company. When he was mayor of Cleveland, his city clerk was Peter Witt
    2. San Francisco page: Added more photos and Sanborn maps of powerhouse locations to the Omnibus Railroad article. My picture of the month is a former Omnibus cable car used as the first passenger car of the Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais Railroad. Some day I'll throw in an article about their gravity cars
    3. Added photo of Fanny Barnes to the Who page
    4. Made corrections to the Dunedin and Muni articles

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in June, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: The Brooklyn Heights Railroad, the most successful street-running cable line in the East.

    On my ferryboat site, I recently added an article about a visit to the 1894 Northwestern Pacific ferry Sausalito, which still exists in Antioch: http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-May-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Apr-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 01-Mar-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"


    From : "Joe Thompson"

    To : Cablecars@yahoogroups.com, cablecarhistorians@yahoogroups.com, sfmunihistory@yahoogroups.com, BigAppleTraction@yahoogroups.com
    Subject :

    [cablecars] April, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page
    Date : Wed, 27 Mar 2002 03:10:39

    I just put the April, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New York/New Jersey page: article about Binghamton, NY’s Fairchild non-grip cable line on the grounds of an insane asylum
    2. Cable Car Kitsch page: Added transfers, tokens, and tickets
    3. Added more links and bibliography items
    4. Check the new toy cable car photo on the main page

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in May, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: Brooklyn NY’s experimental non-grip system, on the Atlantic Avenue Railroad

    On my ferryboat site, I added an article about a visit to the Northwestern Pacific ferry Sausalito, which still exists in Antioch:
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Apr-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Mar-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 01-Mar-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"


    From : "Joe Thompson"

    To : Cablecars@yahoogroups.com, cablecarhistorians@yahoogroups.com, SFMuniHistory@yahoogroups.com, TrolleysCA@yahoogroups.com, BigAppleTraction@yahoogroups.com
    Subject : [cablecars] March, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page
    Date : Wed, 27 Feb 2002 16:37:45

    I just put the March, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New York/New Jersey page: article about Newark’s Rasmussen non-grip cable line, a joint installation of the Essex Passenger Railway and the Newark and Irvington Street Railway. Also a magazine article about an 1883 experimental electric line in Newark
    2. How do Cable Cars Work? page: Article about turning cable cars, with photos
    3. Other California Cities page: Added Sanborn maps of all Los Angeles cable car barns
    4. Cleaned up dead links and added many new ones

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in April, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: Binghamton NY’s experimental non-grip system, on the grounds of a lunatic asylum

    March 18 will mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Wells Fargo.

    The Friends of the Cable Car Museum site recently posted a copy of Muni’s "Instructions for Cable Car Operation":
    http://www.cablecarmuseum.com/

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Mar-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 28-Feb-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 01-Mar-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Fri Feb 1, 2002 5:02 pm
    Subject: February, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the February, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. Chicago page: Chicago West Division Railway’s short-lived installation of the Rasmussen non-grip system
    2. Chicago page: Article about San Francisco car 524’s trip to the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair
    3. Chicago page: More photos of other Chicago cable lines. Thumbnailed all pictures
    4. Miscellany page: Article about non-grip and shallow conduit technologies
    5. Bibliography: Add Raymond McCann’s obituary
    6. News: Item about proposal to fill in Hallidie Plaza

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in March, 2002: New York/New Jersey page: Newark’s Rasmussen non-grip system, a joint installation of the Essex Passenger Railway and the Newark and Irvington Street Railway

    February 22 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Kelburn Cable Car, a funicular which still operates in Wellington, NZ.

    27-Jan-2002 marked the 125th anniversary of cable traction on the Sutter Street Railway. Find out more about the anniversary in Walter Rice's new article at the Friends of the Cable Car Museum site:
    http://www.cablecarmuseum.com/

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Feb-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Nov-2001)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Sat Dec 29, 2001 2:38 am
    Subject: January, 2002 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    Happy New Year to everyone.

    I just put the January, 2002 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New York/New Jersey page with article about Hoboken’s North Hudson County Railway, an elevated rapid transit line
    2. 27-Jan-2002 marks the 125th anniversary of cable traction on the Sutter Street Railway. Added new photos and Sanborn Fire Insurance maps on the Sutter Street page.
    3. Add Sutter Street’s Henry Casebolt to the Who page
    4. New photos and Sanborn Fire Insurance maps on the Geary Street, Park and Ocean page

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in February, 2002: Chicago West Division Railway and San Francisco cable car at the 1949 Chicago Rail Fair. Newark, NJ coming in March.

    January 13 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Cal Cable lines reopening under Muni operation.

    Find out more about the 125th anniversary of Sutter Street cable traction in Walter Rice's new article at the Friends of the Cable Car Museum site:
    http://www.cablecarmuseum.com/

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Jan-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Nov-2001)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"



    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Fri Nov 30, 2001 4:08 pm
    Subject: December, 2001 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the December, 2001 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New Australia/New Zealand page with article about Sydney cable trams. Photos of Dunedin cable trams and the Kelburn Cable Car (a funicular) in Wellington, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in February. Thanks to Ric Francis and Bill Bolton for providing information and pictures on Sydney
    2. Added Down Under engineer George Duncan to the Who page
    3. New photos and Sanborn Fire Insurance maps on the Presidio and Ferries page. Maps include their powerhouse and their roundhouse at Jefferson and Lyon
    4. More new photos and Sanborn Fire Insurance maps on the Ferries and Cliff House and More Ferries and Cliff House pages. Includes maps of California and Laurel roundhouse and Sacramento Street carhouse.
    5. Add photo of Santa arriving at the Emporium to Joe Lacey’s article "Christmas on the Cables".
    6. Revised Mount Lowe article on the LA Funiculars page

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in January, 2002: New New York/New Jersey page with an article about the cable-driven Hoboken elevated. My goal for 2002 is to do all the cable car lines in the two states.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Jan-2002)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Dec-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 30-Nov-2001)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Fri Oct 26, 2001 4:06 pm
    Subject: November, 2001 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    November, 2001 marks the fifth anniversary of my Cable Car Home Page. Thanks to all the people who have visited and all those who have helped me with information and suggestions.

    I just put the November, 2001 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New photos and Sanborn Fire Insurance maps on the Ferries and Cliff House and More Ferries and Cliff House pages.
    2. The Picture of the Month for the fifth anniversary is naturally Powell Street Car 5.
    3. New Page: Miscellany: "The Cable Street-Railway" by Phillip Huber, Jr from "Scribners Magazine", an 1894 account of the cable railway industry with some neat illustrations.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Coming in December, 2001: New Australia/New Zealand page with an article about cable tramways in Sydney.

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Nov-2001)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-Oct-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 05-Sep-2001)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Fri Sep 28, 2001 2:38 am
    Subject: October, 2001 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the October, 2001 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    I'm going back to monthly updates.

    It includes some new items:
    1. Cable Trams in the UK: The Glasgow District Subway, the only Hallidie-type subway in the world. Also a brief article about Liverpool United's one-day experimental installation.
    2. The Picture of the Month is a set of retired Glasgow Subway cars, originally cable-operated, by Geoff Cryer.
    3. New Page: Miscellany: Selected articles from "Manufacturer and Builder Magazine" (1890-1899) about the early cable railway industry. I especially enjoyed the one about the Cleveland City Cable Railway, which has a great picture of its powerhouse.
    4. Updated the San Francisco page. Added more photos of the Fillmore Hill Counterbalance, the Telegraph Hill Railroad, and the California/Powell signal tower.
    5. Updated the Other California Cities and Los Angeles Area Funiculars pages. Thumbnailed the images and added images of the Second Street Cable Railway and Knott's Berry Farm cable cars.
    6. Bob Murphy provided photographs of the North Melbourne Winding House, which I added to the Melbourne article.
    7. Reorganized the newspaper section of the Bibliography by subject.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Don't forget October 3 is the 50th anniversary of Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world".

    I also updated my ferryboat site with several former SF boats that still sail on Puget Sound and some recent photos I took in Sausalito and at Pac Bell Park.

    Coming in November, 2001: The 5th anniversary of my cable car site. Also an 1894 article: "The Cable Street-Railway".

    Regards,
    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-Oct-2001)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 30-Sep-2001)
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html
    Park Trains (updated 05-Sep-2001)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/html/ptrain.html

    "Don't Tread on Me"


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Sun Jun 24, 2001 3:35 am
    Subject: Summer (July), 2001 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the Summer (July), 2001 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New page: Cable Trams in the UK, including a new article on the Upper Douglas Cable Tramway on the Isle of Man.
    2. The Picture of the Quarter is Upper Douglas cable tram 72/73, by Geoff Cryer.
    3. New Page: Miscellany: Selected articles from "Manufacturer and Builder Magazine" (1885-1889) about the early cable railway industry. I especially enjoyed the one about L A Thompson’s (no relation) proposed cable and gravity elevated line. Thompson was a pioneer roller coaster designer and builder.
    4. Updated the San Francisco page. Changed the images to thumbnails and added two more photos of Carville.
    5. Added article about Private Funiculars to the Los Angeles Area Funiculars page, with information from Paul Ward, Ray Long, and David McCanne.
    6. Added Liverpool United and Chicago West Division experimental installations to the Where page.
    7. Added photo of Mrs Klussmann and new article about her nemesis, Mayor Roger Lapham, to the Who page.
    8. Updated Market Street Cable Railway and Omnibus Railroad & Cable Company with colors of their lines.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Don't forget June 29 is San Francisco's 225th birthday.
    July 4 is the 225th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
    August 4 will be Louis Armstrong’s 100th birthday.
    July 31 will be the 50th anniversary of the day the California Street Cable Railway had to stop operations when its insurance coverage lapsed. This was the end of privately owned public transit in San Francisco. September 5 is the 50th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge.
    September 20 will be the anniversary of the City of San Francisco’s purchase of the California Street Cable Railroad.
    October 3 will be the 50th anniversay of Bobby Thomson’s "shot heard round the world.

    Coming in Fall (October), 2001: New article on the Glasgow District Subway, the only Hallidie-type cable driven subway. Also more items from "Manufacturer and Builder Magazine".

    November will be the 5th anniversary of my cable car site.

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Thu Mar 29, 2001 9:48 pm
    Subject: Spring (April), 2001 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the Spring (April), 2001 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New pictures on the cable car kitsch page, including stamps, magazine covers, and ads.
    2. The Picture of the Quarter is a "Giants Magazine" cover featuring Will Clark on a cable car during his rookie year.
    3. New Page: Miscellany: Selected articles from "Manufacturer and Builder Magazine" (1880-1884) about the early cable railway industry.
    4. I added more images on the How Do Cable Cars Work page.
    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. I added links to several sites.
    7. I added information about a truck knocking down Seattle's Iron Pergola.
    8. I added information about the Angel's Flight runaway accident.

    I have links to the new items directly from the What's New section on the main page.

    Don't forget June 29 is San Francisco's 225th birthday.
    July 4 is the 225th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
    May 4 is the 150th anniversary of the Fifth Great Fire, which destroyed San Francisco's entire business district.
    June 1 is the 150th anniversary of public tranist in San Francisco, when horse-drawn omnibuses began running between downtown and Mission Dolores.
    June 9 is the 150th anniversary of the First San Francisco Committee of Vigilance.
    June 22 is the 150th anniversary of the Sixth Great Fire, which destroyed 14 blocks.
    June 14 is the 125th anniversary of the California Street Cable Railroad receiving its franchise.
    May 11 is the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Street Railway (New York, New York) converting its Columbus Avenue line to electricity.
    May 25 is the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan converting its Broadway line to electricity.
    Jun 19 is the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan converting its Lexington Avenue line to electricity.
    April 11 is the 50th anniversary of President Harry S Truman firing General Douglas MacArthur.

    Coming in Summer (July), 2001: New article on the Upper Douglas Cable Tramway on the Isle of Man. Also more items from "Manufacturer and Builder Magazine".

    Visit my new site on San Francisco Bay Ferryboats:
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Thu Dec 28, 2000 3:11 am
    Subject: Winter (January), 2001 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the Winter (January), 2001 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. New Page: San Francisco: Market Street Cable Railway: More Market Street Railway Pictures.
    2. The Picture of the Quarter is a nice photo of a Market Street combination car by IW Taber.
    3. Ray Long contributed some cool pictures: Sacramento/Clay car 16 on the roof of the Emporium, Cal Cable 56 in the barn at night, and two shots of the Industry Hills funicular.
    4. An article from an 1891 Scientific American on the Los Angeles Cable Railway.

    1900 was a bad year for the cable railway industry:
    Febuary 14 is the 100th anniversary of the People's Railway (Saint Louis, Missouri) converting to electricity.
    March 14 is the 100th anniversary of the Missouri Railroad (Saint Louis, Missouri) converting to electricity.

    Visit my new site on San Francisco Bay Ferryboats:
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html

    Keep an eye open for Robert Callwell and Walter Rice's great new book "Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco". I enjoyed it.

    Coming in Spring (April), 2001: New pictures, including postage stamps: Miscellany: Cable Car Kitsch.

    Happy New Year,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats
    http://home.mindspring.com/~joethompson1/ferry.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Fri Sep 29, 2000 11:01 pm
    Subject: October Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I'm switching from monthly to quarterly updates.

    I just put the October (Fall) version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. San Francisco Miscellany: Cable Cars in Literature: Excerpts from The Octopus by Frank Norris.
    2. The Picture of the Quarter is a nice postcard of Geary and Market.

    October 8 will be the 100th anniversary of the St Louis Railroad's (St Louis, Missouri) conversion to electricity
    October 18 will be the 150th anniversary of the day the steamer Oregon arrived in San Francisco with the news of California's admission the Union.
    October 30 will be the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Street Railway's (Kansas City, Missouri) conversion of its 18th-19th Street line to electricity

    Keep an eye open for Robert Callwell and Walter Rice's great new book "Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco". I enjoyed it.

    Next quarter (January, 2001): New page: More Market Street Railway Pictures.

    Go Giants.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Tue Aug 29, 2000 8:45 am
    Subject: September Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the September version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. An article about the Fairfax Incline Railway, a funicular in Marin County which fed passengers to Northwestern Pacific electric commuter trains.
    2. News items about a new cable car book and mishap with car 9.

    September 4 will be the 100th anniversary of the conversion of Seattle's Front Street cable railway from cable to electric. The Queen Anne Hill section became a counterbalance. I have some information about the line in my Seattle page.

    September 9 will be the 150th anniversary of California's admission the Union.

    Keep an eye open for Robert Callwell and Walter Rice's great new book "Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco". I enjoyed it.

    Next month: An excerpt from "The Octopus" by Frank Norris.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Sat Jul 29, 2000 3:12 am
    Subject: August Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the August version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. An article about cable cars in Philadelphia. Philadelphia was the third US city to have cable cars.
    2. An article about the annual bell ringing contest.

    Next month: The Fairfax Incline Railway. A funicular in Marin County which fed passengers to Northwestern Pacific electric commuter trains.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Wed Jun 28, 2000 2:04 am
    Subject: July Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the July version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes some new items:
    1. San Francisco Miscellany: An illustrated excerpt from "South of the Slot" by Jack London. I remember old folks using that term when I was a young folk.
    2. Chicago: To celebrate this site being recommended in the upcoming issue of "First & Fastest", a magazine about electric railways in the Chicago area, I added a picture of State Street at night.
    3. Other new links and photos. See What's New for details.

    As I mentioned last month, I'm also happy because Yahoo has added a new section:
    U.S. States > California > Cities > San Francisco > Travel and Transportation > Mass Transit > San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) > Cable Cars

    Next month: An article about cable cars in Philadelphia. Philadelphia was the third US city to have cable cars.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Wed May 24, 2000 2:56 am
    Subject: June Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the June version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes several new items:
    1. Seattle Miscellany: Motor Ferry Kalakala. I like ferry boats, too.
    2. Chicago: To celebrate this site being recommended in the upcoming issue of "First & Fastest", a magazine about electric railways in the Chicago area, I added a Chicago picture and a link to a film of a Chicago cable car.
    3. Results of the Mystery Picture Contest.

    I'm also happy because Yahoo has added a new section:
    U.S. States > California > Cities > San Francisco > Travel and Transportation > Mass Transit > San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) > Cable Cars

    Next month: An illustrated excerpt from "South of the Slot" by Jack London.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Thu Apr 27, 2000 2:25 am
    Subject: May Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the May version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes several new items:
    1. Miscellany: Mystery Picture Contest Number One
    2. San Francisco Miscellany: An article by Emiliano J Echeverria about the California and Powell signal tower

    May 2 will be the 100th anniversary of the Grand Avenue Railway (Kansas City, Missouri) converting its Westport line to electricity.

    Next month: Seattle Ferry Kalakala.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Tue Mar 28, 2000 3:53 am
    Subject: April Version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the April version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes several new items:
    1. Miscellany: Cable Car Kitsch. A new page about the cable car-related junk that people (including me) collect.
    2. A news item about the late March suspension of cable car service on Powell Street
    3. More links on my Thanks/Links page.

    April 1 will be the 100th anniversary of the end of cable service on the former Denver City Cable Company.
    April 24 will be the 100th anniversary of the death of Andrew S Hallidie. The Friends of the Cable Car Museum are planning something. I'll spread the word when I hear more.

    Next month: Mystery Picture Contest Number One.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Thu Feb 24, 2000 3:21 am
    Subject: March version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the March version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes several new items:
    1. New on the Chicago cable car lines page: the West Chicago Street Railroad. The third and last company to build lines in Chicago.
    2. In the Chicago Miscellany section, a brief article about the Chicago Tunnel Company Railroad. It's mostly a plug for Phil O'Keefe's excellent site about this unusual eletric railway.
    3. On the Seattle page, lots more detail about each line and more pictures.
    4. On the Who page, a brief biographical article about J M Thompson (no relation), an engineer who designed and built almost all of the lines in the Pacific Northwest and the Second Street line in Los Angeles. If anyone knows what the "J" stood for, I'd be very grateful.
    5. More links on my Thanks/Links page.

    Next month: Cable Car Kitsch, a new page about the junk that people (including me) collect.

    I wanted to thank the people who have responded favorably to the articles about cable railways in Chicago. This will be the last note I copy to the chicagohistory and chicagotransit lists unless I come up with something big in the future. Thanks to the members of those lists for their patience.

    On an unrelated note, I finally had a chance to ride behind Little Puffer, the 1904 steam locomotive that returned to the SF Zoo after being rudely removed in 1978. It was a great trip. The Golden Gate Railway Museum volunteers did a beautiful job restoring the engine and the cars. The new route is scenic, but very curvy.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson"
    Date: Thu Jan 27, 2000 3:17 am
    Subject: February version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the February version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

    It includes several new items:
    1. New on the Chicago cable car lines page: the North Chicago Street Railroad.
    2. On the Miscellany page, an article about the effects of the Patent Trust on the cable railway industry.
    3. On the Who page, a brief biographical article on the widely hated C T Yerkes. Yerkes owned two of Chicago’s cable railway operating companies and built a good bit of the el system.
    4. On the San Francisco/Omnibus Railroad page, a postcard of a former Omnibus cable car that was the first passenger car of the Milly Valley and Mount Tamalpais Railway. The postcard also shows the line's first locomotive, a Shay.
    5. On the Other Cities/Melbourne page, a bit about the modern Portland, Victoria tourist cable tram. It’s not really cable driven.
    6. I moved my thanks and links section to a separate page and added many more links, including San Francisco and Chicago history sections.

    Next month:The West Chicago Street Railroad and a brief article on the Chicago Tunnel Company’s railroad.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: cable_car_guy@xxxxxxx.xxx
    Date: Mon Dec 27, 1999 5:29 am
    Subject: January version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the January version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server.

    It includes several new items:
    1. New Chicago cable car lines page: the Chicago City Railway, the first US cable car line outside of San Francisco.
    2. Excerpt from Frank Norris' novel "The Pit", describing Chicago cable cars.
    3. Brief biographical articles on C B Holmes and Asa Hovey

    Next month:
    The North Chicago Street Railroad and an article on the effects of patent trusts on cable railway development.

    Don't forget January 24 will be the 100th anniversary of Andrew S Hallidie's death. The Friends of the Cable Car Museum are planning something to commemorate; I'll pass the word when I get details.

    Happy New Year to all,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (new url alias)
    http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html


    From: cable_car_guy@xxxxxxx.xxx
    Date: Sat Nov 27, 1999 5:13 am
    Subject: November version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the December version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server.

    It includes several new items:
    1. On the Other Cities page, an article about the first cable car line in the UK, London's Highgate Hill line.
    2. On the Other California Cities page, on the Los Angeles area funiculars page, short articles Industry Hills golf course funicular and the Getty Center Shuttle, a cable driven automated people mover.
    3. On the more California Street Pictures page, a photo of California & Drumm in 1909 and one of the second Cal Cable barn.

    Next month
    I'm rolling out a new page about cable cars in Chicago, starting with the Chicago City Railway, the first Hallidie-type line in the US outside of San Francisco. I'm also including an excerpt from Frank Norris' novel "The Pit".

    Happy Holidays to all,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3518/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson" Date: Tue Oct 26, 1999 2:22 am
    Subject: November version of the Cable Car Home Page

    I just put the November version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server.

    It includes several new items:
    1. On the Other California Cities page, on the Los Angeles area funiculars page, an article about the Mount Washington Railway. Next month I'm doing the Industry Hills funicular and the Getty Center Shuttle.
    2. On the news and bibliography, I added items about an accident at Washington and Taylor. Has anybody heard which car was involved?
    3. On the SF page, I added another photo of the Fillmore Hill counterbalance.
    4. Also in December, I am going to add an article about the first cable car line in the UK, London's Highgate Hill line.

    On a non-cable related note. I'm worried about the new Muni paint job. The latest version has a thin orange stripe just below the roof; the rest is plain white. I suppose this will look better underneath the ad wrappers. Someday, I fear the buses will be enirely white. It makes me nostalgic for the Landor colors.

    Regards,

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3518/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson" Date: Tue Sep 28, 1999 2:41 am
    Subject: Cable Car Home Page/October version

    I just put the October version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server.

    It includes several new items:
    1. A brand new More Ferries and Cliff House Pictures page. It includes some interesting pictures of Powell Street cars and one of Bernstein's Fish Grotto, which was on lower Powell.
    2. On the Other California Cities page, on the Los Angeles area funiculars page, articles about Court Flight and Santa Catalina. Next month I'm doing Mount Washington
    3. On the news and bibliography, an item about a loose strand that shut down the Powell Street cable.

    October 19 is the 10th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

    Take a look at newly restored Lotta's Fountain if you get a chance. It's pretty.

    If you haven't done it yet, check the Friends of the Cable Car Museum page:
    http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/
    They had a little technical difficulty when they first opened for business in September, but everything was up & running last I checked.

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3518/cablecar.html


    From: "Joe Thompson" Date: Sun Aug 29, 1999 6:37 pm
    Subject: September version of the Cable Home Page

    I just put the September version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server.

    It includes several new items:
    1. On the Other California Cities page, on the Los Angeles area funiculars page, an article about Angel's Flight. Next month I'm doing Court Flight and Santa Catalina.
    2. On the news and bibliography, items about Thursday's accident on Washington Street. A link pin, probably from another car's coupler, fell into the slot. A car hit it & came to a sudden stop. No one fell off, but 26 people were hurt. I've heard of obstructions in the slot, but has anyone ever heard of a link pin?
    3. I'm excited about a new page coming from the Friends of the Cable Car. It will be open to the public some time in September. I had a preview last week; it's great. I particularly liked the detailed roster. I'll let everyone know the url when the site is available.
    4. Next month I'm also adding a page with more pictures of the Powell Street cable cars.

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3518/cablecar.html


    From: cable_car_guy@xxxxxxx.xxx
    Date: Thu Jul 29, 1999 12:57 am
    Subject: August version of the Cable Home Page

    I just put the August version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server.

    It includes several new items:
    1. On the Other California Cities page, a new page about Los Angeles area funiculars, beginning with Mount Lowe. Next month I'm doing Angel's Flight.
    2. On the San Francisco page, a list of movies featuring cable cars and Joe Lacey's remarks on making movies and commercials with cable cars. I welcome suggestions of other movies to list.
    3. A link to Bruce Kliewe's new site about the Great Reconstruction of 1983-1984.
    4. I received more information about the San Francisco cable cars preserved at the Orange Empire Railway Museum and the Poway Midland Railway. I didn't get it all out there this month, but I'll add more as I get the chance.

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3518/cablecar.html


    From: cable_car_guy@xxxxxxx.xxx
    Date: Mon Jun 28, 1999 2:26 am
    Subject: July, 1999 Cable Car Home Page

    I just posted the July, 1999 version of my Cable Car Home Page. It includes an article on an experimental overhead cable car line in Emeryville, CA. This line was built by Henry Casebolt, the same person who owned the Sutter Street Railway in San Francisco. It includes a neat picture.

    Two anniversaries in July:
    Jul 15 - People's Cable Railway Tenth Street line (Kansas City, Missouri) closed.
    Jul 16 - The Brooklyn Elevated Railway (New York, New York) stopped running its trains across the Brooklyn Bridge

    Happy Independence Day.

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page
    http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3518/cablecar.html


    From: cable_car_guy@xxxxxxx.xxx
    Date: Sat May 29, 1999 10:33 pm
    Subject: Cable Car Home Page - June version

    The June version of the Cable Car Home Page is now available at:
    http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3518/cablecar.html

    The June version includes a new article about the San Diego Cable Railway, one of the shortest-lived lines in the industry. It has a link to the San Diego Historical Society site, which has a great collection of traction-related photos.

    Joe Thompson "The lever keeps you busy, on the Hyde Street Grip!"


    From: "Joe Thompson" Date: Wed Apr 28, 1999 2:23 am
    Subject: Cable Car Home Page - May version

    The May version of the Cable Car Home Page is now available at:
    http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3518/cablecar.html

    The May version includes a new page of California Street pictures and an article about the Consolidated Piedmont Railway in Oakland. One of the California Street pictures was taken by and donated by Ron Westlund.

    May 21 will be the 100th anniversary of the conversion of the Oakland Cable Railway from cable to electric.

    In a non cable car-related matter, April 29 will be Duke Ellington's 100th birthday. Happy Birthday, Duke.

    Joe Thompson

    "The lever keeps you busy, on the Hyde Street Grip!"