Solution of Quiz #30 – Angels Flight

Angels Flight (Photo Jack E. Boucher, October 2, 1960)


Le funiculaire Angels Flight de Los Angeles a été remis en service lundi 15 mars 2010 après plus de neuf ans d’arrêt.
Le 1er février 2001 un accident provoquait la mort d’un passager et en blessait sérieusement sept autres.
Le funiculaire a été modifié afin d’en améliorer fortement la sécurité.

Angels Flight funicular at Los Angeles just reopened on Monday March 15th, 2010 after having been stopped for more than nine years.
On February 1st, 2001 there was an accident… One passenger was killed and 7 injured.
Finally the funicular has been modified to significantly improve the security.

Voir aussi :  Accident au funiculaire Angels Flight
See also :    Accident at Angels Flight Funicular



Accident au funiculaire Angels Flight

Feathers and Beards – 1899

Mount Lowe Great Incline – 1899, Pasadena California (USA).

Plumes et Barbes – 1899

Plan incliné du Mount Lowe – 1899 à Pasadena, Californie (USA).


Mount Lowe Great Incline 1899 (Detroit Photographic Co.)

Mt Tamalpais – New gravity car barn

On May 3, 2009… it was the Grand Opening for the public of the new Gravity Car replica barn and Museum at East Peak  which is the Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway old top station. 
The Barn will be the permanent home of the Gravity Car replica (N° 22) which is part of a was constructed by Jerry Coe in 1996. The Barn has been constructed over a section of the 84 feet of standard gauge track at the historic rail siding of the old top station.

Mount Tamalpais – Un nouveau hangar pour la voiture

Le 3 mai 2009, ce fut l’ouverture au public du nouveau hangar musée qui abrite la réplique d’une voiture de l’ancien chemin de fer gravitationnel Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway.
Le hangar a été construit à l’East Peak à l’emplacement exact de l’ancienne gare supérieure du chemin de fer. Il servira d’abri à la voiture (N°22) qui a été construite par  Jerry Coe en 1996. La voiture est posée sur une section de 25 mètres de voie ferrée à écartement standard.

 

(photo MoreMarin.com)
(photo MoreMarin.com)

See also the article / Voir aussi l’article:

(US) Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway



(US) Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway

Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad

Videos

West Peak Radio Station Incline

Google Maps

Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway

Today

Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad

Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway (1896 – 1930) was located in California on the north side of the Golden Gate.
Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway was a fantastic Gravity Railroad!
A Gravity Railroad is a natural Roller Coaster… passenger carriages which was pushed to the top of the Mount Tamalpais mountain and then the carriages were dropped on the descending slope… moving with only the gravity and only a brake to control the speed!
I am so fascinated about this kind of railway… a natural Roller Coaster!

Le chemin de fer Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway (1896 – 1930) était situé en Californie sur la rive nord du Golden Gate à côté de San Francisco.
Le Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway était un fantastique chemin de fer à gravité (Gravity Railroad)!
Un chemin de fer à gravité, c’était comme les Montagnes Russes mais dans la nature… des wagons de passagers étaient remontés au sommet du Mnt Tamalpais et de là elles étaient relâchées pour descendre de leurs propres poids dans la descente… avec juste un frein pour contrôler la vitesse!
J’ai toujours été fasciné par ce genre de chemin de fer qui a complètement disparu… des Montagnes Russes dans la nature!

Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad - today
Mount Tamalpais Gravity Railroad – today

 

Videos

March 10, 1898 films by Thomas Edison:

West Peak Radio Station Incline

Woman with milk cans on the West Peak radio Station Incline

 

West Peak Radio Station Incline
West Peak Radio Station Incline
West Peak Radio Station Incline
West Peak Radio Station Incline

Map

A – West Peak Radio Station Incline
In yellow color: the Gravity Railroad. En jaune, le tracé utilisé pour les Gravity Cars.
In red / En rouge: the West Peak Radio Station Incline.

Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway

Mill Valley station
Mill Valley station

The “Mill Valley Station” photo actually shows a film crew, not just passengers, in gravity car no. 4. They are the Miles Brothers. This is when they had just finished shooting “A Trip Down Mt. Tamalpais”, in March 1906. Their next film “A Trip Down Market Street”, was shot a few days before the earthquake and fire leveled downtown San Francisco. The negative was on a train to New York when the earthquake struck. Historian David Kiehn’s painstaking research uncovered that story a few years ago. Morley Safer did the story for “60 Minutes”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYHGj19RrF0 — “Tamalpais” is briefly seen in a newspaper clipping in this piece. (Fred Runner)
A detached open air passenger car is on another track to the right of the train. Passenger cars from the Northwestern Pacific Railroad can be seen on the next track to the left of the photo in the shade behind the sheltering structure covering the passenger platform. The station, some houses on the hill and the top of Mount Tamalpais can be seen in the background…

Here below, part of the Miles Brothers film “A Trip Down Mt. Tamalpais”:

 

 

Mesa Junction

Mesa Junction

The morning train has arrived at Mesa Station, the Double Bow Knot, halfway to the summit of Mount Tamalpais. Here the passengers for Muir Woods changed to gravity cars, seen on the left, to be coasted down into Muir Woods while the train continued up the mountain. Engine No. 4, emanating steam, is at the far left of the photo near the water tank. The small tank car in back of the engine will be filled with water and hauled to the summit by the train. The open air passenger cars are filled with passengers. The gravity train cars to the lest of the photo are empty. The summit of Mount Tamalpais may be seen in the background.

Muir Woods Inn
Muir Woods Inn

Six guests are seated outside in the courtyard of the Muir Woods Inn. Three hotel staff members are standing in a door way. There is a small sign near the door that says “Cottages for Rent”. There are trees beyond the hotel.

 West Point Inn
West Point Inn

The West Point Inn shortly after its completion in 1904; Railroad passengers would disembark and take the Pipe Line trail to the left to the Mountain Theater; The Tamalpais Conservation Club guest registry is at the foot of the sone walkway.

Mount Tamalpais Tavern
Mount Tamalpais Tavern
Shay geared steam locomotive
Shay geared steam locomotive
Mount Tamalpais top station and Tavern
Mount Tamalpais top station and Tavern
Mount Tamalpais and Tavern
Mount Tamalpais and Tavern

(Photos Mill Valley Public Library and Alamedainfo and Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library)

Today

All the rails and tracks were completely and definitively removed in 1930 and converted in trails!
Toutes les voies et rails ont été complètement et définitivement enlevés en 1930 et les emplacements du chemin de fer convertis en pistes!

New Gravaity Car Barn

On May 3, 2009… it was the Grand Opening for the public of the new Gravity Car replica barn and Museum at East Peak  which is the Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway old top station.
The Barn will be the permanent home of the Gravity Car replica (N° 22) which is part of a was constructed by Jerry Coe in 1996. The Barn has been constructed over a section of the 84 feet of standard gauge track at the historic rail siding of the old top station.

Un nouveau hangar pour la voiture

Le 3 mai 2009, ce fut l’ouverture au public du nouveau hangar musée qui abrite la réplique d’une voiture de l’ancien chemin de fer gravitationnel Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway.
Le hangar a été construit à l’East Peak à l’emplacement exact de l’ancienne gare supérieure du chemin de fer. Il servira d’abri à la voiture (N°22) qui a été construite par  Jerry Coe en 1996. La voiture est posée sur une section de 25 mètres de voie ferrée à écartement standard.

(photo MoreMarin.com)
(photo MoreMarin.com)

Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway Traces

Here are the traces of the old Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway!
Ci-dessous le tracé reconstitué de l’ancien chemin de fer Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway!

Click on the map to see photos of the remarkable points.
Cliquez sur les repères de la carte pour voir les photos correspondantes.

In yellow color: the Gravity Railroad. En jaune, le tracé utilisé pour les Gravity Cars.
In green: the train section: Mill Valley – Mesa Junction. En vert, la section Mill Valley – Mesa Junction.
In red / En rouge: the West Peak Radio Station Incline.

This is what “Andreas G” said in a Quiz #15 comment:
“Passengers rode to the top of the mountain by steam train. Downwards they had the choice of steam train or gravity car. It was not allowed to ride the gravity cars on the way to the top. Whenever he accompanied a gravity train about to roll downwards, Superintendent Bill Thomas announced: «OK men, turn on the gravity!» The gravity cars did not ride to Mill Valley – they used a branch line to a nature reserve called Muir Woods. From Muir Woods, a steam train carried passengers up the hill to Mesa station (where the branch to Muir Woods began) and towed the gravity cars. At Mesa, the steam train turned on the wye (the locomotive was always below the cars) and proceeded to Mill Valley, while the gravity cars waited for another steam train that would push them to Mount Tamalpais.”

Andreas G a dit dans un commentaire du Quiz #15:
“Les passagers montaient au sommet de la montagne à l’aide des locomotives à vapeur. Pour la descente, ils avaient le choix entre le train à vapeur ou la descente en chariot gravitationnel (Gravity Car). Il était interdit de monter au sommet dans ces chariots. Les Gravity Cars ne descendaient pas jusqu’à Mill Valley; ils étaient utilisés pour une ligne de dérivation à destination de la réserve naturelle de Muir Woods. De Muir Woods, un train à vapeur remontaient les passagers jusqu’à Mesa Junction tout en remontant également les Gravity Cars. A Mesa, le train à vapeur se retournait sur l’embranchement en “Y” afin que la locomotive qui poussait à l’arrière pour la montée, se retrouve à l’avant pour la descente vers Mill Valley. La locomotive était toujours en dessous des voitures pour des raisons de sécurité. Les Gravity Cars, laissées à Mesa, attendaient le prochain train montant pour être remontées jusqu’au sommet du Mount Tamalpais.”