Photo by Joe Reifer
One mystery solved (banana trees), two more added to the list: a strange tram and a pulley device. The trolley pictured above might seem perfectly normal in a park or in front of a historical museum. But no — this very short tram is in someone’s front yard in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood. Grocery transport system? Part of a railfan’s collection? Fun for the children? Hard to say.
Across town, not far from University and San Pablo, is a strange weight/pulley system attached to the side of an apartment building. The weight (at least that’s what I think this is) is just hanging from the cord attached to the balcony at the next level up. I have seen all sorts of laundry lines, dumbwaiters, fire escape systems, etc., but I could not immediately see the purpose of this object. Perhaps something is missing from the system. Any clues about this device would be greatly appreciated!