Nothing says “San Francisco” more than the historic cable car. Just about every article you read or video that you see about San Francisco includes some mention of these wonderful throwbacks to a simpler time.There are different forms of the cable car, the picture above is of an F-Line cable car that is part of San Francisco’s MUNI system. The inventor and promoter of the cable car line was Andrew Smith Hallidie. The line involved the use of grip cars, which carried the grip that engaged with the cable, towing trailer cars; the design was the first to use grips. The term “grip” became synonymous with the operator. The cars are very original , they look now as they did all those years ago. They are very primitive and noisy, but a whole lot of fun. They run through different parts of downtown, if you get a “muni” pass you can jump from train to train all day long. Tourist from all over the world load these cars up all day. I made a good friend with a fellow from Vietnam on a cable car. If you get to San Francisco, you have got to ride the cable cars. The open air, the smells of the restaurants ( and Boudins sourdough bread factory), the sounds, the feel of the rumble of the cars wheels on the tracks… Amazing is the best word I can come up with.
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