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About cable cars
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) runs three cable car lines. These historic vehicles are not self-powered; rather they move using a mechanism that grips cables that run beneath San Francisco's streets.
Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
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How to ride cable cars
Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition
The next Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition is scheduled for September 6, 2012.
New Cable Car Grip Person Adds Name to History Books
On April 12, 2010, the SFMTA), which oversees all ground transportation in San Francisco, certified a new operator for its legendary cable car fleet, and in doing so, sent the previously accepted term of "gripman" back into the history books...
Placed in service June 2009
Cable Car 15, which will serve the Powell-Mason Line, was built from the ground up using original blueprints by SFMTA artisans from the Woods Carpenter Shop, the Cable Machinery Support Shop, the Special Machine Shop and the Running Repair Shop.
Cable Car 15 features a bright yellow Powell-Mason color scheme that originated in the 1890s. This paint scheme was worn by cable cars on the Powell-Mason line from 1894 to 1902. The Powell-Mason cable car line, which opened in 1888, is the oldest transit line in America still operating on its original route with its original type of motive power and its original type of vehicles.
Returned to service May 2008
Powell Street cable car number 25 was originally constructed 118 years ago in the shops of the Ferries and Cliff House Railway on the site of the current Muni cable car barn at Washington and Mason Streets. The cable car was heavily rebuilt by Muni craftsworkers in 1976 and rebuilt again even more extensively over two years. Car 25 is now virtually new, with very little of the original car remaining. To celebrate its place in San Francisco history, the car has been painted in the red and cream livery displayed by Powell Street cable cars at the time of the Earthquake and Fire of 1906.
Cable cars are available for group charters. Please contact Susan Anderson at 415.701.4480 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on availability.
Rates are as follows:
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