Thursday, February 20, 2014
I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to San Francisco with my daughter to celebrate her 16th birthday!
One of the most iconic symbols of San Francisco is the Cable Car.
It’s the world’s last manually operated cable car system.
In the late 1800s there were 23 different cable car lines.
Today there are only two.
The Powell and Hyde Street line ends at Fisherman’s Wharf…
…with amazing scenery, including the Golden Gate Bridge.
The cable cars are manually turned around on a turntable.
The two gentlemen (in the blue circles) are about the manually turn the cable car around so it can go in the opposite direction.
Each cable car is pulled along it's hilly track by an underground cable. The cable is gripped with a vise-like mechanism that is operated via the grip lever in the front of the car. The driver is called the Gripman.
The turns really can be sharp so you need to hold on!
We had a blast. Much more of San Francisco to come!
- The Tablescaper