No other place can offer visitors the experience of the only mobile monument of today’s world, a ride in a manually operated cable car except San Francisco, California, home to the worlds last manually operated cable car system. Successfully developed and operated as early as 1873, The San Francisco cable system has defied the sands of time to provide visitors with memorable opportunities of this great invention, albeit in an ultra-modern city that also forms the home of silicon valley, Information Technology's hub of present and future innovations.
A great tourist attraction, these cable cars wriggle through some of the most significant tourist sites in San Francisco. Today’s network consist of three lines and are generally referred to by street name. These are the Powell-Hyde line, the Powell-Mason line and the California street. Visitors also get the chance to see the turntables or turnarounds that the cable uses to rotate and face the right direction during travel. These are manually operated. These cable cars help visitors to avoid walking long distances. Some visitors recommend the cable car as a great way to ensure you have great photo opportunities as they wind through stunning architecture and beautiful buildings. Cable cars get around to all of San Francisco’s Tourist attractions.
Tourists can also get a Municipality (Muni) pass that allows them to ride on any Muni service in and across San Francisco. Visitors will be interested to note that there are 40 cable cars operating on the three San Francisco lines. The future of the cable cars at the moment remains certain, as long as San Francisco remains, made secure by a clause in the city's constitution that forbids the discontinuation of the service.
Visitors can also see the cable car museum that is housed in the cable car barn. In here, several old cable car samples can be viewed as well as smaller exhibits. A shop is open that offers iconic mementos. A trip downstairs quickly reveals the power house with its noisy engines and taut lines that form the backbone of the cable car system.
It is easy to understand why San Francisco has kept the cable car system running all these years. The cable car system carries with it the history of the making of this great city and remains as a reminder of the great achievements and sacrifices of the great people of San Francisco, including the pricey overhaul of the network which cost $60 million, 75% of which was successfully lobbied for from federal funding.