The Cable Car Museum
Have you explored the outdoor attractions in San Francisco or the weather is not friendly? Grab a chance to visit the Cable Car Museum. The museum is home to historical exhibits of the cable car system in San Francisco. You will find various types of old cable cars alongside other exhibits. The cable cars on display include the 1870s trailer 46 and grip car 46 as well as grip car 8. Not only is the attraction a museum but also the powerhouse powering the cables which hold the cable cars onto the steep hills of the city.
The cars were introduced in the city in 1873. The city has the only cable car system in the world. Established in 1974, the museum also houses the car depot. However, the car depot is not yet open to the general public. Still, visitors can see the powerhouse thanks to two overlook galleries. They can also descend below the Mason and Washington street junction to marvel at the cavern that acts as the route for the haulage cables. The entrance to the museum is on the two streets and opens daily except on certain public holidays. A separate entrance allows for access by a wheelchair. One beautiful thing about the museum is that it has free admission.
Not long ago the cables had to be replaced and it was quite a site seeing how it was done. Auto Towing carefully brought these cables to the museum through the windy and steep hills of San Francisco. It was such a major understaking. Everything turned out perfect though without any incidents. The museum looks better than ever now.
What you will get
Get into the noisy powerhouse and descend the steps down the Sheave room. In the room, you can have a look at the actual system innards underneath the street. It is the system responsible for spinning the huge cable loops underneath the city streets. Four loops of cable are found in this room. They include one for the line to California, two for the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines and the last one for the joint section.
Back upstairs, you will get a view down from the deck at the numerous machinery. Also, there are wheels, gears, power motors for the system as well as regulate cable. Around the museum, there are various historic photos you will like looking at. In addition, there are grips, tracks, cables and gears besides other memorable regalia like old uniforms. Old cable cars from the 1870s such as the clay streetcars are also available. In the museum store, you can buy various souvenirs including cards and books or even cable car bells.
Do you expect to see a cable car used in the 1950s? Yes! The relentless red rattler is at the museum. The name was derived from the rattling noise it made when moving along the incline in the tunnel. Short films covering the history of the cable cars are also shown at the museum to give you a better understanding of the fascinating iconic system of transport.
Another major piont of interest is the Golden Gate Bridge. Its not close to the museum, however its not far from the end of one of the actual cable cars.