The San Francisco Cable Car Museum is located in the Washington/Mason powerhouse and carbarn on Nob Hill, at 1201 Mason St., and admission is free!
Above and below, one of three antique cable cars from the 1870s on display here:
Anyone else remember tokens, that awesome urban money?
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign… This museum has some great old signs on display:
A deck overlooks the massive engines and winding wheels that pull the cables:
Down below, we’ve got the cable car deciders:
I only intended to capture the cool building in this photo, but the clouds are pretty choice, too:
It’s not really fair to compare, but the San Francisco Cable Car Museum has nothing on the New York Transit Museum. Obviously, NYC’s transit system is much more vast and complex, so there’s more to show. SF’s cable cars are cute and of limited utility, but you get to actually see the inner workings of what makes them run. It’s kind of bizarrely magical.