Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California on May 19, 1965 · Page 33
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Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California · Page 33

Redlands, California
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Wednesday, May 19, 1965
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14 - Wed., May 19, 1965 Redlands Daily Facts EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE CITY - San Francisco, Baghdaci on the Pacific, is a favorite city of travelers the world over. One of its quaint features are its cable cars. Here the California street car cuts through Chinatown en route up Nob Hill. (San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau photo) Beloved thingumbobs now national monument SAN FRANCISCO—Ever ride a national monument? It's being done every day in San Francisco. The city's riglit-out-of-the- Smithsonian cable cars were named a national historical monument in February by the U.S. Interior Department's National Park Service. It couldn't have happened to a happier institution. The only vehicles of their kind in the world today, these colorful anachronisms are a 91-year- old San Francisco tradition. Having run almost continuously for close to a century, the cable cars got a short vacation this spring. When the Municipal Railway renovated the machinery which propels the local "Tooner- villes." The complicated winding gear which plays out and reels in the cable cars' lifehnes — IOV2 miles of wrapped steel cable l '/4 inches in diameter — at a steady SVi miles per hour is about 75 years old. It has been largely rebuilt with hand-fabricated parts. Cable car enthusiasts can look forward to more than a resump tion of cross-town roller coasting after the overhaul. Plans are in progress to make a municipal showplace out of the En/oy Every Minute of Your Vacation RIX)E AIR CONDITIONED mth super quick cooling Why swelter and suffer when economical FRIGIKING makes summer auto travel cool and comfortable? You enjoy a flood of delightfully cool air in a matter of seconds to keep you alert and fresh. It dehumidifies and removes dust and pollen from the air, permitting you to drive with closed windows. Actually, it provides a whole new climate for your car! No more wind-blown hair, no more wilted clothes — you arrive at your destination fresh, crisp, clean, at your best! Get yours NOW and enjoy it All summer! S^QC Priced as Low as fc73 Installed One-Day Installation! * for Best Periomance have Your Present i Aid Cond'it'ioner Serviced — Ani Make * • Check Freon and add if needed i 9 Clean cooling coils ^ • Check compressor Clean condenser coils, check clutch ^^V^Q ^» Check all lines 4> I • Check for leaks J * Check belt and adjust 7 Plus { Freon J Bert S. HATFIELD BUICK yforld's Oldest Bukk Dealer The Big Buick Block Between 7th and 8th On East Redlands Blvd. REDLANDS DIAL 793-3238 EAST REDLANDS BLVD. FROM 7th TO 8th cable carbarn and powerhouse at Mason and Washington Streets. San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission has budgeted for funds to refurbish the old (circa 1878), brick structure. As envisioned, it will house a spectators' gallery and a museum of cable car relics. From their overhead vantage point, visitors will be able to watch the great, throbbing winders thread the cable through big figure 8's and back into the system via slack- absorbing tension racks, and study the remarkable auxiliary equipment. To the rear of the engine room arena are the cable car roost and repair shops, accessible on regularly conducted tours. Below — like a scene from Victor Hugo, but too hazardous for public exhibition — is a labyrinth of catacomb-like caverns and tunnels through which the cables are channeled back to street level. Thirty-nine cable cars are stabled in the carbarn —27 of the green and cream "single-ender which ply the two Powell Street routes, and 12 of the red and grey "double-enders" which service CaUfornia Street. The latter are equipped with outside seats both fore and aft and two sets of grips, permitting them to go in either direction. At the height of the summer season, the cables emanating from the Mason-Washington power plant haul up to 30 hill- climbers at one time. This 30- car fleet carries 35,000 passengers a day, an estimated 5060 percent of whom are tourists. The Powell Street cars seat up to 30 and have a maximum capacity of 80; the California Street cars seat 34 and hold 125 hypothetically, that is, because San Franciscans have long looked upon their uncommon carriers as elastic. To make a cloud-hopper go, the celestical navigator, or grip- man, as he's commonly called, pulls back on a lever which closes a pincer-like "grip" on the endless cable kept constantly moving in its slot beneath the street. Wherever the car lines cross, the gripman must "drop rope" and coast across; otherwise, he'U tie up another line. He also tends the hand brake and the foot brake and dings the brass bell. The conductor has to collect fares, make change and issue transfers, some times under sardine-like conditions, and lend a hand with the rear truck brake on the steeper grades. It's strenuous work. Nevertheless, recruiting cable car personnel presents no problems. Muni officials report. Now that the cable cars have come into their own as a major attraction and national monument "of significance in the country's history," cable car gripmen and conductors constitute somethmg of an elite corps among pubUc transit operators. Some of the senior cable car men who've been on the job for 20 or 30 years have become local institutions in their own right, demonstrating a flair for showmanship and a special brand of repartee for the out-of-town trade. To some space age sceptics, 9V2 miles an hour may not seem hke a breathtaking speed. But shoe curve at this clip or crested anyone who's rounded a horse- a near-perpendicular hiU with a bay panorama spread out below knows it can be positively gasp-provoking. Otherwise, cable car conductors wouldn't feel obliged to holler "Curve. Hold on!" and "Heeeeere we go!" at nose-dive time. The grade is 19 percent where the PoweU Street cars plummet over the brink of Nob Hill at California Street and even steeper — 21 percent — along the Hyde Street line between Chestnut and Lombard Streets. There's no real cause for trepidation, though. The cable cars have four separate braking devices, the most conclusive of which has to be dislodged by a welding crew if applied. There's no better w a y of sampling San Francisco's sweeping vistas than by cable car. The No. 59 Powell-Mason line leads from the corner of Powell and Market Streets in the center of the shopping dis- tirct up over Nob Hill and down again into the colorful hubbub of Fisherman's Wharf. The No. 60 Powell-Hyde line — the most spectacular from the standpoint of vertical and lateral zigzags- runs from the same downtown intersection up over both Nob and Russian Hills. It's okay girls, to take to the woods — alone It's okay, girls, to take to the woods, and you don't need a male escort to enjoy it. At least that's the opinion of Miss Carol Lane, Women's Travel Director for SheU Oil Company, who receives a number of inquiries each year about the advisability of women going on camping trips without a man along. A camping trip can be a wonderful change of pace for working women and college girls, and it is perfectly safe as long as a few simple rules are followed. Miss Lane says. Rule number 1, she advises, is to stay at supervised camping areas and always check in with the forest ranger in charge. "If you tell him you are unescorted and novices at camping, he'll be more than willing to help." Rule number two, as the Boy Scouts say, is to be prepared. "Take along all the equipment you need to be comfortable and to handle emergencies; leave everything that you don't need at home. "But most important of all, be prepared mentally to enjoy yourself. "Don't let small things like bugs, sand in your shoes or smoke in your eyes dampen your spirits. Relax, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Go hiking, horseback riding, rock hunting or swimming." Miss Lane is a roving researcher, testing ideas, gadgets and places to increase the camping pleasure of millions of American famiUes who take to the outdoors each year. She is author of a booklet entitled "Let's Go Camping", For a Carefree Vacation Gef Your Car Ready af Taylor's Mobil Service Corner West State at Fourth Street — Formerly Bill Young's - I Mobilgos — Mobiloil — U.S. Tires — Deico Batteries Complete Lubrication Service—Recapping — Brake Refining Jim Geisslnger Co-Owner Nick Karahalios Co-Owner Ed Breyer Manager Yours for Personal Service That Mes the Difierencel VACATIONS AND RAMBLER GO HAND IN HAND Test Drive the Spacious Rambler American & Classic STATION WAGONS BEAUMONT'S H. FLOYD BROWN RAMBLER nOO E. 6tli St. 845 -2677 Beaumont

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