The first picture shows the tow truck guy (I think his name was Ernie) checking the grip.
"Yep, it's broken."
"Everybody off the car!"
Fortunately it was only a couple blocks to the end of the line and everybody walked.
Hook up Big Bertha. Well, I was hoping the Muni guys had named the tow truck. I checked. They hadn't. So just for this blog (it's my blog) she is Big Bertha. This next picture is her cameo appearance as she pulls #26 away. Good work Bert!
Now #12 is free to move on. Up the hill is Cable Car #9. And #9 comes by.
And the day was saved by Bert and Ernie. Yeh!
The day was August 19, 1991.
ENDNOTE: Cable Car 9 was damaged In 1995. A new #9 was completed in 1997. I happened to rode it the day of its first outing in 1997. I was riding the newest electric vehicle in San Francisco because the cable is powered by massive electric motors.