November 11, 2008
Speaker: Alan Fowler, SHHS Member
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The brief (1888-1897 )history of the San Francisco-like cable cars in Pittsburgh will be discussed, but not that of the more familiar inclines. The three lines that operated, one as close to Squirrel Hill as Fifth Avenue, will be the center of the talk. The technology, national history, and reasons for their disappearance will be covered.
Alan Fowler, a recent emigre to Pittsburgh, is a physicist by trade, a former employee of IBM and an amateur industrial historian. He is a member of numerous professional societies. The most relevant are the Society of Industrial Archeology and the National Academy of Engineering.