The world's first cable car rests here and with it a concise explanation of how those little cable cars go halfway to the ... More
Cable Car Museum
The world's first cable car rests here and with it a concise explanation of how those little cable cars go halfway to the stars. In an underground viewing area, visitors can look at the system's enormous cable wheels, which pull 11 miles (18 kilometers) of cable at 9.5 miles (15 kilometers) per hour. The cable cars move by clamping onto it. Examine closely the steel cables, gears, and pulleys that bring this city's most famous transportation to life. Don't miss the gift shop, where you can purchase your very own length of used cable.
2 simple reasons why you must visit this place - it's the only museum of its kind in the world, plus it's free. Great place to learn about the history of the cable cars, and to see the mechanisms that move the cable cars. Simple yet ingenious concept. Set aside about 1-2 hours. Possibly one of the most under-rated attractions in San Francisco.
If you have any interest in the history of cable cars or their mechanics, you shouldn't miss this museum. It's totally free and easy to visit (right on the Cable Car line!) The museum is the actual cable car barn (the terminal where the cars go at the end of the day) and is also the maintenance center for all of the cables that keep the cars moving. From inside the museum, you can see the actual cables for each of the transit lines. Also, you can go below ground to see the whole system in action. There are also some antique cable cars and equipment and from the exhibits you'll learn the facinating history of the cable car. Cable cars relieved those the poor horses that couldn't pull loads up the steep San Francisco hills.
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