Cable Car Primer

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Cable Car Primer
Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:16 AM

 If you spend any amount of time in San Francisco

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:18 AM

 You will have  sighting

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:23 AM

Besides PCC's

 

 

 

 

 they are my other weakness

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:28 AM

There are 3 lines remaining :

 

 

 

 

Poweel and Mason

Powell and Hyde

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:34 AM

Powell and Hyde is famous for the long and very steep drop to the terminus at Hyde and Beach

 

 

 

 

 it is actually a combination of the O'Farrell, Jones and Hyde and the Powell lines

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:37 AM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:39 AM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:43 AM

 Powell and Mason is an original route, as it was

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:48 AM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:52 AM

 This line terminates at a turntable at Bay and Taylor

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:58 AM

The Mason line has more gentle slopes than the Hyde line

 

 

 

 

 

 after the initial climb up Powell street, that is !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:01 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:05 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:08 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:14 PM

Goodbye, cable cars !

 

 

 

 

 see you next time !

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:46 PM

We need to get you over on the Classic Trains forum: http://cs.trains.com/ctr/f/3.aspx

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:53 PM

Indeed!  That's where your shots really belong!

Something's wrong with those cable cars though.  Where's the "Rice-A-Roni" posters?  Surprise

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Posted by Penny Trains on Friday, May 31, 2019 6:37 PM

This is going to sound dumb but...I always used to sing it as "Rise of Roni, the Sas Frasnoscu treat."  Whistling

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 6:55 PM

That was a very successful ad campaign. People will forever associate the S.F. Cable cars with Rice-a-Roni !

Of course, it's a lot of syllables for a young child to pronounce... I think you made a respectable effort !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 7:20 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 7:44 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Friday, May 31, 2019 7:47 PM

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, May 31, 2019 8:46 PM

Postwar Paul

 

That's more like it!  If they can't get it right in 'Frisco you'll just have to make it right on the layout!

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Posted by Nationwidelines on Saturday, June 1, 2019 2:24 PM

If in San Francisco for the cable cars, don't forget to stop at the Power House / Museum.  It is cool!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, June 1, 2019 3:56 PM

Nationwidelines

If in San Francisco for the cable cars, don't forget to stop at the Power House / Museum.  It is cool!

 

Yes it is !

We didn’t go this time, but I’ve seen it many times before. They have a lot of great historical pictures of the earthquake and fire. 

Also, the cable car lines once covered the city quite extensively, and just a remnant today. The 3 lines running today have connector tracks to bring all the cars back to the car house.

And, the giant cable spools that power the line are quite impressive !

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Posted by lionelsoni on Saturday, June 1, 2019 4:12 PM

Is there anyone who hasn't seen this?  https://www.loc.gov/item/00694408

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:05 PM

Fascinating stuff!

First off, I'm struck that urban traffic was only slightly less chaotic than it is now.  Then, all those pedestrians AND motorists seemingly oblivious to the streetcar, and all the other traffic as well.  I'm surprised the cameraman didn't capture a few knock-downs!  And of course, they don't have the "Smart-Phone Zombie" excuse!  

A bit sad though, to look at that film and realize no-one in it is still alive.  The ones the earthquake didn't get Father Time eventually would. 

Thanks Lionelsoni!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:40 PM

I bought a 1:48 cablecar kit so I could try to model this:

Note the destination board.  Wink

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:52 PM

Avert your eyes if you're the sensitive type....

https://www.abandonedamerica.us/end-of-the-line

and also: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/03/15/abandoned-america-trolley-graveyard/425043002/

Now if "taggers" would just stop vandalizing them the owner would be a much happier person.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:56 PM

lionelsoni

Is there anyone who hasn't seen this?  https://www.loc.gov/item/00694408

 

Fantasic footage !

Thank you !!!

You can see an evolution in transit in this film:

a horse car

cable cars

electric trolleys,

not to mention the " horseless carriages" and the horse pulled goods wagon.

In the early '60's, my family took us to San Francisco, and this was when PCC's ruled Market street. They were stopping and starting with the traffic lights in heavy city traffic. Wheels slipping with each sudden start. Pretty amazing.

I loved S. F. as a kid: cable cars and PCC's !!

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