September 2023 Newsletter

On September 1st, the San Francisco Cable Car system celebrates 150 years of continuous operation in the Golden Gate City.  Invented by Andrew Smith Hallidie, his system survived the great San Francisco earthquake and fires of 1906, soldiered on through two World Wars, and outlast political attempts to remove the cars from city streets in the late 1940s and 1950s to become the worldwide symbol of San Francisco we know today.

Hallidie immigrated to the U.S. in 1852 during the California Gold Rush, and using his father’s patented “wire rope” cable, developed a system to haul ore from mines and build suspension bridges.  His concept for a steam powered cable rail system was conceived in 1869, after witnessing horses being whipped while they struggled on the wet cobblestones to pull a horsecar up Jackson Street.

With his partners, Hallidie formed the Clay Street Hill Railroad, which began construction of a cable line on Clay Street in May of 1873.  After testing his first cable car on August 2 at 4 o’clock in the morning, the Clay Street Hill Railroad began public service on September 1, 1873.
Clay Street Hill Railroad was the sole San Francisco cable car company for four years.  A former horsecar company, Sutter Street Railroad, developed its own version of Hallidie's patented system and began cable service in 1877, followed by California Street Cable Railroad (1878), Geary Street, Park & Ocean Railroad (1880), Presidio & Ferries Railroad (1882), Market Street Cable Railway (1883), Ferries & Cliff House Railway (1888), and Omnibus Railroad & Cable Company (1889).  All totaled, San Francisco companies laid down 53 miles of track stretching from the Ferry Building to the Presidio, to Golden Gate Park, to the Castro and Mission districts.

Club Business

To identify club members attending CCMRRC functions (November Open House, Jubilee of Trees, and other gatherings) Name Badges are now available for $5.00 each; 50% off the normal price.  (The cost for non-member spouses is $10.  Each badge is 3.5” x 2” and is equipped with a magnetic back.  Our club president’s badge is shown at left.  Send your order to Larry Schneider ( and arrange payment.  We will order the first batch from the supplier when at least ten badges have been requested.

September Luncheon Dates
September 1st and September 15th - Bloomington Country Club at 11:30am.  If you plan to attend, contact Bryan Enarson ( no later than August 30th and/or September 13th.  NOTE:  Unlike a typical restaurant which welcomes any number of patrons, the country club arranges tables and chairs specifically for our luncheons.  Again, if you plan to attend, contact Bryan at the email above.

Member Marketplace
Bob Eidschun wants to find new homes for his G scale items which includes a two-truck Shay locomotive, SP diesel locomotive, passenger cars, reefer, caboose, track, and other things.  Click HERE for a full listing including pictures, and asking prices.  Contact Bob directly via email address eidschun38@gmail.comUPDATE: Bob sold everything except the SP diesel locomotive and the 85-90 feet of G scale aluminum track.

Member Travels
During their recent trip to Europe, Larry and Peggy Schneider traveled from Stuttgart to G√∂ppingen by regional train to visit the Marklin model railway museum.   (Larry said the Marklin factory was unfortunately closed for summer holidays.)  Click HERE and scroll down to Marklin Model Train Museum for photos in the museum.

Oil Town USA
After the CCMRRC was forced to vacate our clubhouse, Jim Mullin graciously volunteered his garage to allow the Lionel group to continue building this layout.  Click HERE and scroll down to the September 2023 Update for the latest photos.

Modeling News & Information
·       Keeping your trains safe from little children while having fun.
 ·       The Lionel Brass Hybrid Challenger
 ·       How Can Trains This Small Even Work?

·       New Tracks: Is model building an art form?

·       O Gauge Train Layout Update 14 - BIG Mountain – Jdstucks

·       Packing up a model train layout.

·      Repairing Lionel’s smoke units.

·       Meet Actor Michael Gross | EXCLUSIVE Interview
·       The O Scale Resource Magazine

Upcoming Train Shows & Events
·       Hostlers Model Railroad Club is hosting a liquidation sale on September 9, 2023

·       Cedar City is celebrating 100 years of Union Pacific Railroad coming to town.  “All Abboooard! Historic Union Pacific Photography Exhibition”
·       Utah Live Steamers hosting train rides at Shay Park, Saratoga Springs, UT
Saturdays, September 2nd and 16th – 8AM – 11AM
Prototypes & Railfanning
·    Club member Werner Balsterholt shares an interesting article about railroad tunnels around the world.  Click HERE for the details.

·       Federal appeals court derails Uinta Basin Railway’s plan to send billions more gallons of Utah crude through Colorado.

·       Amtrak Police Dogs

·       BNSF testing locomotive-mounted track geometry system.

·       Five mind-blowing facts — Fast trains

·       Five locomotive paint schemes only a mother could love.

·       Trains Unlimited: When Giants Roamed (3/5)

·       One of only two known rare Union Pacific buses coming to Cheyenne.
Until October, All Aboard !!
Lloyd Thomson