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The cable cars are scheduled to return in March. Eskenazi, inspired by a recent Associated Press article on how much cable cars cost the city in accident-related damage awards, says that they cost the cities in other ways. Pedestrian Dies - August The Chronicle reported that an elderly lady who was hit by a cable car at Mason and Broadway early in the morning on August had died in San Francisco General Hospital. Author of The Good Fight: The Doolittle Maintenance Facility by the edge of the airport houses the powerhouse, which drives one cable to the Coliseum BART station and one to the airport station. Who is on the Supreme Court Movie review: A friendship with a top-secret robot turns a lonely girl's life into a thrilling adventure as they take on bullies, evil bots, and a scheming madman.

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The Sky Tram passes behind Sutro Baths. The causeway to Fishing Rock is visible in the foreground. Santa arrives across the street from the Emporium in November, News Photo By Bob Warren.

Cable car decorated as Santa's sleigh. Trolley Topics , December, December, Picture of the Month. Some of the passers-by are also well-loaded. Note the pickpocket at work. From the Tom Matoff collection. Ornaments at the Christmas in San Francisco store at Pier 39 Santa delivering presents on a single-ended cable car. Val Lupiz took this night view of car 60 at California and Drumm on December Read more about decorated cable cars , a living holiday tradition.

Making Movies and Television Shows With Cable Cars by Joe Lacey Joe Lacey, former cable car conductor, shared some of his memories of movies and television shows being shot with cable cars. When Cables were chartered for movies and commercials presented problems if movie take was not good and had to be reshot; we used to try to keep car on Hyde between Washington and Calif as there was no regular traffic. We tried to use Cal cars with double end if possible, sometimes used Wash-Mason wrecker to push car back and forth for retakes.

Another problem natural lighting on this section of Hyde was poor, had to use reflectors and flood lights. Also lower California Street on Sunday morning was good - no traffic or autos - good chance to use own autos and props.

In the 60's there were only about two or three rubber tired Cable Cars, one owned by Muni, which was a Cal car from the O'Farrell shuttle mounted on a White coach frame. I believe most movies now use the rubber tired cars as there are so many of them Emiliano says "I worked the tower for 2 years, then I was trackman for the cable cars. California and Powell signal tower. Photo by Joe Thompson. So you want to work the tower, hell its simple, I'll give you a rundown.

You sit in a well worn chair or stool for 8 hours. As you sit you see a Powell car approachng the Pine Street level. A Cal car is sitting at Stockton waiting for his 'green'. You let Stockton Cal car go 'cause his run is the longest to traverse from Stockton past Powell.

Once the Cal car clears the Powell tracks you let the northbound Pine Street Powell car go, and if a southbound Powell car is waiting, let him go too but time it right! In rainy weather only: Sometimes the cars slide across the intersection! When the lights screw up, go out and flag the intersection. The exercise will do you good, but step lively those auto drivers are serious.

If a car gets stuck on or just past the crown, you are to see to it that the gripman drops the cable, order him, if necessary. Call the shop truck to push them over the crown. You are required to report violations by any Muni personnel. When you want to use the bathroom, let the Stockton Cal car go green, then leave them solid red.

This permits the gripman to proceed with caution. Hurry up, you have 15 minutes! When it rains, use the cloth tobacco pouch to oil the windows, just like on the cars. Though now pushbuttons control the lights, the original installation used continuously lit lights with pully operated gels and shutters, which lasted until the 's. The Tower was knocked over, and its operator killed when a truck hit it. The remains of the tower were repaired, restored to its original position, and it still sits there today.

This occurred in The Tower was the first building in its vicinity to be in service after the fire of The current building was completed and began operations in January, , three months before the reopening of the Fairmont Hotel. The original tower burned in I with the help of some volunteers repainted the Tower back to this scheme in The Tower was under dual ownership from until the Cal cable was bought by Muni in The pointed roof with the balls was installed in , replacing an earlier shingled roof of lesser pitch.

I beleive that this is one of, if not the last, manned street railway signal towers in the U. The foregoing copyright by Emiliano J. Echeverria, All Rights reserved. Used by special arrangement for the Cable Car Home Page. The signal tower at California and Powell with the Fairmont Hotel in the background. An inbound California Street car pauses before crossing the intersection. California Street Collison - August The Chronicle reports that an inbound California Street cable car rear-ended another cable car car at California and Drumm this morning.

Four passengers were injured. This curve was poorly redesigned when the system was rebuilt in The crew got off of the car to push.

When it started rolling down the hill on Washington, the gripman jumped on the back platform and passed through the cabin. He found that the front cabin door was jammed and he could not get through. The car hit the curve into Powell too fast and derailed. Muni stated that the crew may have broken the rules by not keeping one person the car while it was out in the street. He was a good guy and was always generous about sharing his knowledge.

Val wrote a very good article about his memories of transit in San Francisco, "San Francisco: That Was the City That Was". Explosion at California and Drumm - June Manhole covers flew through the air by the terminal of the California Street line, where I had been standing just the day before. Pacific Gas and Electric was trying to determine the cause. Cal cable service was interrupted for a while. Rebuilt Car 25 Rolls out - May Rebuilt car 25 went into revenue service after a complete rebuilding.

There are big obstacles before them, but I hope that it will work. The counter shot through the roof. The book uses large, colorful photographs and graphics, and simple, clear text, to describe cable cars and the people who work on them and ride them. I enjoyed reading it. California Cable Unstranded - September Val Lupiz took this photo at California and Drumm after the cable unstranded and caught car 52, which rear-ended car 59, which rear-ended car Fortunately, the cars were laying over at the end of the line and no one was hurt.

Photo by Val Lupiz. Val Lupiz reports that he was laying over at California and Drumm when the cable unstranded and caught in the grip of car No one was hurt, and the crews of 59 and 54 were able to throw the cable out of the grip and stop the procession. The cars were not damaged. The cable was down for the rest of the day. Val spotted hybrid bus on the replacment shuttle.

He wished he could have ridden it to see how it handled the hill. Pedestrian Injured - June The San Francisco Chronicle reported that an elderly lady, reported to crossing against the light at Mason and Pacific, was struck by a cable car and her left foot was pinned under a wheel.

The white stripes, cleaned up by Mal to make them more visible, are marble markers that signalled the gripman to drop the rope. Photo by Mal Rowe. Mal reported that "The track, the slot, and even a glimpse of the yoke and tunnel are all there to see.

The paving blocks are red-gum blocks Thanks to Mal for the use of two of his photographs. More information and photographs in my Melbourne article. Edinburgh -- Revenge of the Cable Trams - April An article in The Scotsman report that engineers preparing for Edinburgh's new tram system have been surprised to discover that many of the streets still contain the conduits from Edinburgh's cable tram system, which was electrified in Further studies will have to determine whether the conduits are strong enough to support the new trams.

The article made sure to mention that cable tram were invented by a Scot. Conductors point out that their primary task is to ensure the safety of riders and to work the rear brakes. The cars and trackway have been renovated, and work should start soon on replacing the driving machinery and adding some safety devices that had not been included when the line was restored in The article stresses how the neighborhood has changed since the accident.

Cable Cars" - November KGO Channel 7 ran an "investigative" piece saying that Department of Transporation records indicate that cable cars have the highest accident rate of any type of Muni vehicle. I posted a rebuttal on their blog: In comparing the accident rates of cable cars and other forms of transit in San Francisco, it is important to remember that cable cars operate in some of the most congested streets in the city.

Cable car crews have suggested that the accident rate would be much better if the city put more effort into enforcing traffic and parking regulations on the streets where the cable cars operate. Dear Friends and Merchants: Our annual Luncheon has become an event eagerly looked forward to by many seniors.

For some, this may be their only opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with a hot meal and warm companionship. Through the cooperation and volunteer services of many of our own Cable Car Division personnel, the Luncheon has become a rousing success, bringing a much needed boost to these sometimes forgotten people, during what can often be a difficult and lonely holiday season.

We hope to carry on this tradition with your generous help. Transportation for attendees will be provided by special shuttle buses provided by Muni and operated by Cable Car personnel. We would gratefully accept any contributions, but we do particularly request donations of foods cooked meats, vegetables, drinks, rolls and pastries, salads, etc. Any monetary donations or items that could be used as door prizes are also very much welcomed.

Your donations are entirely tax deductible please see contact names below for more details. We respectfully request that you respond, in writing or by phone at the numbers listed below, at your earliest opportunity, but no later than December 4th, It is because of your kindness and generosity that this special event has become such a success throughout the years. We ask that you please join us once again. Newspaper articles mentioned that grip shanks were getting stuck in the slots.

Collision on California Street - Sep Newspaper articles reported that the five dollar fare has reduced cable car ridership. I don't like to say I told them so Many people were upset at being charged the five dollar cable car fare for a ride from the cable car barn to the outer terminal. There was another loose strand on Jun April 18 Events - Apr My wife and I caught the 4: People were standing by Balboa Park and our car had a crush load after Glen Park.

We walked down to Third and Market. The street was closed at Fourth. There was a large screen in the street before Grant, showing images of the earthquake survivors arriving for the ceremony.

There was another screen on Third. There were more people than I had ever seen for the ceremony at Lotta's Fountain. The news reports said people. Firemen raised a 60 foot ladder and a fireman climbed it and hung a flag for the singing of the National Anthem. They had trouble getting the wreath to hang on the fountain.

The moment of silence wasn't. Then church bells rang and sirens wailed. The mayor interviewed the 12 or so survivors and one lady made a pass at him. After, we headed for Starbucks. We went down to Powell Station and caught an outbound J. All Muni service was free for the day. The single J car had a standing load out to 20th for the golden fire hydrant ceremony. There were more people there than usual.

They had to wait for some old fire trucks to arrive. The chief led off the spray-painting. Then her three sons and the fire department brass and the fire commissioners. Many other people got turns. I chatted with a retired Alameda fireman who had come over with their restored engine.

Some people arrived in a Locomobile. After the ceremony, we caught a PCC heading into service on the F. We had to get off at Market and transfer to a Milano car that was ahead in line.

The motorperson said she could only take us to Van Ness. There were several cars on 11th street. They were getting ready to close Market at 9th for the parade. My wife had never been to the celebration.

She wasn't happy with the people who pushed and those who put large children up on their shoulders, but she enjoyed it. My sister-in-law and her family came into town for the parade. My niece didn't understand why the horses were last till she saw what the horses did on the pavement. It is a detailed history of public transit in this area of Malaysia. I particularly enjoyed the drawing which illustrated the liveries used at different times.

This is on-topic for this site because of the Penang Hills Railway , a funicular. If you are interested in reading this enjoyable book, I can provide contact information. The accident happened at Filbert and Mason. The southbound cable car was climbing the hill and reportedly hit her outside of the crosswalk.

Mayor Insults Cable Car Crews - Jan Mayor Gavin Newsom that on more than one occasion he had ridden cable cars and seen conductors pocket the five dollar fare without giving receipts.

Rather than follow normal procedures and get the number of the car and report the alleged thefts to Muni, the mayor raised the issue in a news conference. Some people feel that he did this to distract attention from other issues that had recently embarassed his administration.

In the following days, the mayor met with cable car division employees, but refused to apologize for slandering them. Cal New Year's Eve - Dec California Street cable cars used the crossover at California and Kearney to turn back after 10pm because of the large crowds around the Drumm Street terminal.

This crossover is used only rarely. Through the words of employees past and present representing two generations of operators, managers, maintainers, trainers, and car builders, you will get an insider's look at what makes the cable cars the most unique transit system in the world.

The building still stands. Here is Val's description: There are two "rides" on each CD. Each Ride consists of a sequential series of photos starting from the inner terminal of the line to the outer terminal and return. Included are maps, photo indices for each line, a text article highlighting specific pictures and additional information concerning the lines, "Fake-of-the-Month Club," short "bonus" rides, memorabilia and occasional CARtoons. A new CD is issued every other month.

The crew was to call in a Code to stop the rope before there was a collision. A half-block section of the rope was damaged. No people were hurt and no cars were damaged. The car is currently located in the trolley barn at Kelley Park. Many generations of kids grew up playing on this genuine San Francisco cable car.

This car was never converted from side grip to center grip when Muni took over Cal Cable. The car is in poor condition. When it was moved from the fairgrounds the frame broke. A picture can be seen at http: You will need to transport it from the trolley barn by yourself. Take the K-Ingleside streetcar to Ocean and Victoria. Refreshments will be provided. Hairball on Hyde Street - Nov The Hyde Street cable partially unravelled, creating a bundle of strands over feet long.

The "hairball" was so large that the cars on the line could not be towed in past Hyde and Green Streets because their grips could not clear it. Shop crews slowly ran the damaged rope into the powerhouse. Because the Hyde street rope was stopped, California Street cable cars turning in for the night had to be towed by the shop truck. The car at Hyde and Vallejo was not near a grip trap, so its grip had to be cut up with a welding torch. Grip from stranded car. Another view of the cut up grip. The Hyde Street line was down for three days.

California Street had a foot strand on November He reports that former California Street Cable Railroad car 59, which had been on display in City Park, was stored safely in the Carrollton station carbarn. The range of photographs we have put together covers the Powell lines from their inception until today, thus providing an excellent photographic essay of the Powell Street cable lines, and also that of San Francisco during its various eras since We believe the text provides the most complete description of the history and operations of the Powell Street cable lines published.

Included are sections covering initial construction and operations before and after the Earthquake and Fire, the "quiet years" from until World War II, the "Cable Car Wars" which started in and ended with opening of the Powell-Hyde line as the replacement for Powell-Washington-Jackson, the reconstruction and the cable cars return to Powell Street and subsequent changes i. Where are the crowds? As school girls cross the intersection, a Washington-Jackson cable car is being turned by a rookie gripman at the front pushing without a regulation jacket , the conductor and the Market Street starter, who will assure No.

This will hurt ridership. Cable Unstranded - Aug The California Street cable came severely unstranded at California and Drumm Car 58 got caught and dragged into Car 51, which was laying over. Two crewmen were slightly injured. The Chronicle said "The sudden stop appears to have resulted from gripmen on the Powell and California street lines activating their cables at the same time, causing the cables to touch Catholic San Francisco quoted the mayor as saying "With all the bells you hear in Rome, I hope this bell will remind you of San Francisco.

He also won in , , , and This puts him in second place, after ten time winner Carl Payne, for the number of wins. He also finished second in and third in The non-profit organization results: Black Infant Health Improvement Project 2. Youth with a Mission 1. Chinatown Community Development Center The professional cable car gripman or conductor results: Leonard Oates, and finalist. Jimmy Chau, and finalist.

Patrick "Doc" Ledbetter, Third place in I got stuck at work. Thanks to Bob Callwell of Muni for the results. Service was down between about 10am and noon. Mayors attending included London's "Red Ken" Livingstone. After riding Number 42, the mayors had lunch at the Washington-Mason car barn. San Francisco has Carnaval after Lent instead of before, hoping to have warmer weather.

It worked out well this year. In , the Market Street Railway began cosemetically restoring the car. In , Muni shop people began restoring the car to operating condition.

On May, during a test, 42 ran on the California Street line for the first time in its life. Initial reports are that it worked well. This cannot be right. Wildcat Strike by Cable Car Crews - Mar Cable car crews walked off the job for two hours in the afternoon, claiming that management had failed to follow agreed-upon procedures in firing two employees accused of mishandling funds. Update - Apr An arbitrator ruled that the firings were justified.

Muni sued the union for violating a no strike clause in its contract. Read Margaret Foster's story at Preservation Magazine's website: Collision at Hyde and Beach - Oct On Friday afternoon, car 5 could not stop while descending the hill towards Beach.

It ran into cars 9 and 4, which were laying over. Some passengers on 5 and the crew on 9 were injured; 4 was empty.

Christopher Cantrall was on car 5. He reports that "I was ok, and nobody was seriously injured, just some minor bruises and such. We were packed in tight enough to act as human airbags He returned about 40 minutes later to find someone there investigating. Thanks to Chris for sharing his observations. I enjoyed meeting Rick Laubscher in person. Walter Rice was there.

The highlight for me was a ride through the Sunset Tunnel in , the open boat car from Blackpool. Unfortunately, when the crew went to change ends to return, there was a loud pop and a flash and the pole proved to be dead. We rode a Breda back, but not before Val Lupiz met us on his way to work. This also forced an early closure of the California Street line, which uses tracks on Hyde and Washington to return to the barn. Val is an excellent gripman and a great public relations asset for Muni and the City of San Francisco.

See photos of all the finalists. The shutdown is scheduled to last until May, and delays may continue until Jun Member of a pioneering California family and a San Francisco native, Gridley was most famous for his motorized cable cars.

In the 's, when the city was selling surplus former Cal Cable cars, Gridley bought several of them and mounted them on truck chassis. Walter, who has written extensively about cable cars and San Francisco transportation, will provide material for this website, for which I am grateful. The All Stars included every bell ringing contest champion since Ken Foster and Val Lupiz were co-chairmen.

Entertainment included live music. Thank you to the people who bought raffle tickets and made all this possible. Cable Car Senior Luncheon Raffle Tickets - Nov 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.

Cable Car Division employees speak highly of him as a teacher who demanded the best from everyone. I had the honor to meet him briefly at the Cal Cable th birthday party.

This was probably a bad splice. Newspaper accounts report that seven to nine passengers were injured, none seriously. KCBS Radio reported that the gripman had failed to activate a signal preemption device, but I think that the device is completely automatic, tripped by the grip shank.

Thanks to Val for sharing this photo. Motorized car 62 at the Carnaval Parade in the Mission District. California Street Accident - May There was an accident on California Street near Larkin when car 57, unable to release its grip because of mechanical problems, struck a cab which had stopped on the tracks.

The cab driver and one passenger suffered minor injuries. Until I read this, I did not really understand how the California and Hyde car barn worked.

Excellent photos, maps and diagrams. I replaced my news item about it with an illustrated article on its own page. Powell Street cars operated from the car barn to the outer terminals.

California Street cars did not operate at all. The protesters made their headquarters in Justin Herman Plaza, right next to the inner terminal. The F line was also taken out of service. Cable car service was restored on Saturday, but was interrupted during the day by another burst of protesters. The group tried to march up Powell to Union Square, but was stopped by the police. Some of the protestors climbed on top of Powell Street cable car The rest of the group crossed Market to the San Francisco Center and broke store windows.

They moved up Market and blocked the streetcar tracks at Eighth. Cars ran from there to the outer terminals. This renders the cable cars even less of an option for local people and makes them into more of an amusement park ride for tourists. This is not what Mrs Klussmann had in mind. I saw cars running at lunch time.

Regular cable car service will operate from there to the outer terminals. Other work will be done at various points along Powell. For more details, see my article about the Powell Street turntable replacement. Assault on a Gripman - Sep The gripman on an outbound California Street car reprimanded a man who had jumped onto the car while it was in motion near Montgomery. The rider attacked the gripman, knocking him from the car and fracturing his skull.

The conductor, who was also hurt in the attack, had to stop the car. No passengers were injured. After a complete rebuilding and strengthening, the pergola was rededicated on Aug Rita Moreno was the host. Mayor Willie L Brown Jr gave a rousing speech. Among those who participated in the ribbon cutting were Tom Sweeney, Sir Francis Drake Hotel doorman, Robert Shields, mime, and Byron Cobb, , , , and cable car belling ringing champion.

Cobb gave a brief performance after the ribbon cutting. Byron Cobb, champion bell ringer, at the reopening of Union Square on Jul The author said she didn't plan to write a book about cable cars, but she started riding them, started talking to the crews, started hearing all these great stories The names of all the gripmen and conductors have been changed to protect the indecent.

The book includes many of the standard stories women double parked at the Sir Francis Drake waving for the cable car to go around; driver cuts off cable car on California near Stockton, gets clipped, claims cable car swerved into her lane , but also has many stories I hadn't heard before.

I especially enjoyed the memories of the system right before the shutdown in Visit the publisher's web page. Cable Break - May The California Street line was shut down in the afternoon by a rare cable break. Service was down until early the next morning. Telegraph Hill neighbors were not happy with the movie intruding on their lives. Car 62 as part of a movie set. Photo courtesy of Susan Holzer.

Copyright by Susan Holzer. Fannie Mae Barnes operated the grip. Rafael Cabrera was the conductor. The torch had arrived at the Hyde Street Pier aboard the scow scooner Alma. Fill in Hallidie Plaza? This is an interesting thought, but what would happen to the tourism office and Cable Car Coffee? On a larger note, does he think the homeless are going to vanish from the face of the earth?

Cable Car Coffee in Hallidie Plaza. Byron Cobb, , , and champion won again. The professional cable car gripman or conductor results: The pergola, built in , was the terminal for two of Seattle's cable car lines. The company will pay to restore it. Update - Jun The five week reassembly has begun. Wanna Buy a Cable Car? Muni sold the car to the Shriners.

It has been in Georgia since at least One person died, two were seriously injured, and at least five injured less seriously. See more details on the Los Angeles Area Funiculars page. The line is closed until the NTSB investigates. It started up the hill towards Bush and the gripman was ringing his bell furiously. I looked back and saw the car lurch to a stop near the top of the block. A motorcyclist had fallen on the tracks in front of the car. The conductor set the rear brake, climbed down, and helped him get to his feet.

They pushed the bike to the curb. The motorcyclist appeared to be ok. Because the car had stopped on the hill, it had to back down to Sutter. The conductor stood on the rear platform, ringing his bell continuously and waving cars away. Of Cables and Grips: The Cable Cars of San Francisco.

It has many wonderful illustrations. You can buy it at the gift shop in the museum or order it from the Friends' web site. At Candlestick, they had a cable car bell. At Pac Bell, they have a whole cable car. I was able to attend this year. The weather, as usual, was bright and sunny. Carl Payne, 10 time winner, said that is because "God loves cable cars".

Christmas in April 2. Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Patrick G "Doc" Ledbetter Jr. He gave a very rhythmic performance. Receiving his trophy, he said "It's about time". He was very enthusiastic and did a degree spin during his performance. He said "Maybe Third next year". He gave a powerful performance that had the crowd clapping along. He promised certain people along California Street that "I won't ring the bell so much now". Several past champions gave exhibitions, including Payne, Al Davison 2 times , and Al Quintana 4 times.

I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet him. The planned commemoration has been put off until July, when it will be held along with the annual bell ringing contest. Muni rolled out new Car 9. Car 9 is painted in Market Street Railway white front colors. So will the F line PCCs. The trolley buses will turn in by 8pm. Muni says it is worried about electrical problems, and that they'll monitor eastern transit systems.

They'll try to cover all the rail services except Muni Metro with diesels. Metro will shut down from It is a good idea to put the cable cars away because the Union Square area is going to be crammed with people, and there will be rowdies all over downtown. This Michael Burns guy might be ok. The auto hit a pedestrian.

Only the pedestrian was injured. Loose Strand Stops Powell Street Cable - Sep The Powell street cable was shut down for about eight hours after an alarm at the powerhouse indicated a loose strand. Buses shuttled passengers from Powell and Market to the car barn. No one fell off the car. At the time, it sounded as if was going to be a permanent addition to the historic trolley fleet, but I have recently seen two references recently that indicate that RTA may want back.

What about our cable car? I first noticed that route 61 motor buses were running last week. I went by the cable car barn and found the California Street cable stopped.

There was a sign across the street announcing the conduit renovation project. Apparently, the job was scheduled for later in the year, but the cable was worn out, so they proceeded with the work.

A newspaper article particularly mentioned the blind conduit on Mason between Washington and California. The cable cars are scheduled to return in March. Update - They're Back - Apr California Street cable cars made back into service after more than three months. I saw new number 59 running as a training car on Apr On the 21st I saw a full set of cars running in regular service. The strategic location of the accident tied up all three cable car lines for hours.

The Transport Workers Union has sought the change for some time to reduce physical strains on its workers. I like the idea.

The Market Street Cable Railway used motorized turntables until The turntable in the cable car barn is already powered. I had heard there was supposed to be a party at Huntington Park. I went, but there wasn't a party. The cable car had to stop behind a car making an illegal left turn. The taxi had a green light and the the police say the driver's view may have been obscured by a truck. One passenger had to be hospitalized.

The gripman was forced to apply the emergency brake, which brought the car to an instant stop. Tracks wet from severe storms probably added to the brake problems. First Female Gripman Gripperson? No other woman had made it beyond the first day of training in the year history of cable cars because of the great upper body strength required to operate the grip and the brakes.

Ms Barnes had previously worked as a bus driver and later as a cable car conductor for six years. Carville Controversy Planning Commission Hearing - Jan The San Francisco Planning Commission heard testimony that planned enlargement of a house would block views of one of the few survivors of Carville.

Carville was an impromptu community located near the Southwest corner of Golden Gate Park. Transit companies began dumping obsolete horsecars there in the 's. Hundreds of old cable cars were dumped there after the Earthquake and Fire in People used the cars to build homes. The house in question contains parts of two cable cars and one horse car in its upper floor.

Most of the Carville homes were burned by the city in Update - Planning Commission Decision - Feb The San Francisco Planning Commission refused to issue a permit that would have allowed a neighbor to expand his garage and block views of the Carville house.

The neighbor says he will appeal. See anniversaries for details about Mrs. Klussman's efforts to save the cable cars. Celebrating Mrs Klussmann - Mar There was a celebration at the cable car barn to unveil a new collage honoring the 50th anniversary of Friedel Klussmann's successful effort to save the cable cars from replacement by buses.

See anniversaries for details. The building is being remodeled. I didn't see any signs to indicate what it is going to be. The building has been vacant for a few years since a Buick dealership moved out. Update - Jan I went by on a 38 Geary bus. It said that they would build to suit, implying that the building might be torn down. What can we do to stop it? Local small business owners are concerned by the proliferation of chains in the area.

At least they're not tearing it down. Go to top of News archive. Go to top of page. Oct 15 - Two 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. New York Giants record: The next day it was replaced with buses.

One person was killed and 40 were injured. San Francisco Giants record: Democrats stayed at the Fairmont. Dec 05 - New Muni built cars Nos.

It was the last new line to open in San Francisco. Unlike the other Seattle cable lines, it was not replaced by buses. May 08 - The Market Street Railway scrapped car , 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 Aug 10 - Seattle's first cable car line on Yesler Way was replaced by buses. The Giants began a string of five straight second place finishes. They had the best record in baseball over that period, but never won a pennant. It was painted in Muni Blue and Gold. Apr 14 - Seattle's Madison Street cable car line was replaced by buses.

Aug 10 - Seattle's first cable car line on Yesler Way was replaced by buses. Apr 30 - George Washington took the oath of office as the first President. Jul 17 - The French Revolution started with the storming of the Bastille. Sep 25 - Congress submitted the proposed Bill of Rights to the states.

This was the first time a submarine sank an enemy vessel. Rival Muni stayed at five cents. Beat the Cubs in an exciting playoff, but lost the earthquake-interrupted World Series to the Oakland Athletics. General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded by Confederate "friendly fire" Jun 03 - Lee began his second invasion of the north, marching into Pennsylvania Jul 01 - The three-day Battle of Gettysburg began.

The Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series 4 games to 1. Anniversaries Archive Go to top of page. Jul 13 - Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance. Sep 17 - The Constitutional Convention approved and signed its proposed new Constitution. Dec 07 - The first state to approve the new Constitution was Delaware. Feb 16 - J. Dean were arrested and charged with bomb attacks on the Sutter and Geary Street cable lines.

Mar 04 - The strike of carmen on the Sutter and Geary Street cable lines collapsed. Two members of the crowd were seriously hurt, and members of the crowd considered lynching the car's crew. The police rescued them.

Read about it in two contemporary newspaper articles: The Giants played another three game playoff with the Dodgers as in and again lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series, 4 games to 3. If McCovey had hit the ball two feet higher An innocent bystander received a bullet in his brain.

Dec 26 - A bomb exploded along the line of the Sutter Street Railway , but caused little damage. The Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series 4 games to 2. Mutrie began calling his players "My Giants".

The name caught on. Signalman James Chiamps later died. Bill Rigney, Tom Sheehan. Jimmy Davenport, Roger Craig. This was the only time the Giants have lost games.

Jun 30 - The Telegraph Hill Railroad , a funicular, started service. New York National League club not yet Giants record: James Price, Monte Ward. Frank Robinson, Danny Ozark. General and former President Ulysses S Grant attended the game. Lost a one-game playoff which included the infamous "Merkle boner". Headlines read "We Beat the Bums".

Jun 14 - Mayor Schmitz was gound guilty of extortion. The sentence was later overturned. John McGraw, Bill Terry. This was the last cable car line outside of San Francisco. They lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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