Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Jack London Square Street Running, 1993

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On the other side of the Bay, there is probably the most famous street running mile in the United States (or even the whole world): Mile-long freight trains rumble across Jack London Square in Oakland, as do Amtrak trains and light engines. Here is a small collection from back then:

Signal bridge, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

An Amtrak train: The EMD F40 with the number 248 only has to pull a few cars; unfortunately I didn't note any train numbers or timetables:

Amtrak 248, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

Amtrak 248, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

Amtrak 248, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

A freight train: Southern Pacific, whose EMD SD40T-2 with the number 8233 is in the consist here in the fourth position, was still a separate company in 1993, but three years later, financially bled dry, it was taken over by Union Pacific.

Freight train, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

Freight train, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

Freight train, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

At the end of the train is a Union Pacific car which still bears the initials of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which had been taken over 10 years earlier:

Freight train, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

And finally, a Southern Pacific EMD-SW1500 switcher rattled past, which I took from the Barnes&Noble one can see in the first few photos above:

SP 2631, Jack London Square, Oakland, August 1993

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Monday, July 22, 2024

Golden Gate Park Carousel and its Gebrüder-Bruder model 107 band organ, 1993

There are also carousels on the West Coast (actually rather a lot of them). Here is the one in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco:

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

And this is the carousel organ (or fairground organ) that brought me to Waldkirch in Breisgau, just next to Freiburg, six years later to arrange barrel organs - a model 107 by the Bruder brothers from Waldkirch, which still played carton notes at the time. You can read a few details about its not entirely pleasant history in a posting in the Mechanical Music Digest:

Gebr.Bruder organ at the Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Gebr.Bruder organ at the Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Gebr.Bruder organ at the Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Gebr.Bruder organ at the Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

More carousel pictures:

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Then a whole wedding party showed up:

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Gebr.Bruder organ at the Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

The organ, one last time:

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco, August 1993

Back then there was also a carousel museum in San Francisco - today, 31 years later, I can't find any mention of it. Here are three pictures from there:

Carousel museum, San Francisco, August 1993

Carousel museum, San Francisco, August 1993

Carousel museum, San Francisco, August 1993

Cable car in San Francisco, 1993

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Coming to California?—then visit San Francisco!

Freeway signs, August 1993

Oakland Bay Bridge, August 1993

Oakland Bay Bridge, August 1993

Coming to San Francisco?—then ride the one and only cable car!

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Also Lombard Street was to be visited:

Cable Car, San Francisco, August 1993

Lombard Street, San Francisco, August 1993

Lombard Street, San Francisco, August 1993

And some more impressions:

San Francisco Light Rail, August 1993

San Francisco Light Rail, August 1993

Lines, San Francisco, August 1993