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San Francisco Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason Street
San Francisco, California 94108
Voice: 415-929-1873

The San Francisco Cable Car Museum was established in 1974. Today it is operated by the Friends of the Cable Car Museum as a nonprofit educational facility.

It is located in the historic Washington - Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, the museum deck displays the massive engines and winding wheels that pull the cable cars all over San Francisco. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street.

There are many great pictures of what it looked like after the great earthquake that destroyed most of San Francisco. There are many great mechanical devices such as grips, track, cable, brake mechanisms, tools, and detailed models for viewing.

The museum houses three antique cable cars from the 1870s. The Sutter Street Railway No. 46 grip car & No. 54 trailer and the only surviving car from the first cable car company, the Clay Street Hill Railroad No. 8 grip car.

There is a souvenir shop so you can take a small piece of San Francisco home with you.



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