BC: Some cars are in museums now, instead of being used on the tracks of San Francisco
FC: San Francisco Street Cars History
1: What a beautiful view!
2: The first street car ran along Bowery Street in New York. It began its service in the year of 1832. It was owned by John Mason, who was a wealthy banker, and he hired John Stephenson to build it. The way it was designed was so that it was horse drawn.
3: San Franciscan Andrew Smith patented the first cable car on January 17, 1871. His invention spared horses the hard work of moving people over the cities steep roadways.
4: Andrew gathered financial backing, and then constructed from the intersection of Clay and Karny Streets along 2800 feet of track to the crest of a hill 307 feet above the starting point. The first people who actually road on a cable car rode one on August 1, 1873. Eventually, Smith's invention cam to define San Francisco and helped expand the system to many other cities in the U.S. By the 1920's, most cities had abandoned horse drawn cars for electrically powered cars.
6: Eventually, Smith's invention came to define the city of San Francisco. Its success helped expand the use of the system and street railways to many other cities. Cable Cars run from a central powerhouse, since they're completely mechanical and have no independent movement, or
7: no motors. To move forward, an undergound cable is grabbed by a grip on the cable car, which works like a pair of pliers. Most cable cars were blue and gold colored ( however they could be different colors), had four doors on on side, eight wheels, a logo in the center of the side, and front and back windows for driving the cable car both forwards and backwards.
8: Cable cars could be many different colors
9: During the 1870's, its purpose was to help get rid of horse drawn carriages for going up hills. Horses could lose their grip on the raod during rain or snow, and then send themselves and
11: the car rolling down the hill to their deaths, horses and riders both included. During the early 1900's, cable cars were necessary for getting around the city. They could cover long distances very fast, plus they were cheap and also very reliable.
12: However, during the 1940's government tried to get rid of the cable car system in favor of electric trolleys, which was fortunately denied.
13: But later on (1980's and later), the cable cars became mainly a tourist attraction, because they had become expensive over the years and cars were very much faster now. The fare for a ride currently is about five dollars, and that's per person and no matter if you're going to ride a block or a mile or two.
14: Citations Information: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blstreetcars.htm# , http://www.streetcar.org/difference.html , http://www.streetcar.org/streetcars/1010/ Pictures: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blstreetcars.htm# , http://www.trolleystop.com/cablecar.htm , http://www.streetcar.org/streetcars/1010/ ,