Getting schooled on transporation at the Cable Car and Railway Museums in San Francisco, CA

“So I’ve been to both the cable car and the streetcar museums!”  I exclaimed to my friend while recanting some recent adventures in San Francisco.  “I’m learning so much about different modes of transport around the city!”

“Wow,” said my friend, “so what’s the difference between a cable car and a streetcar?”

“..well, I think one has a history with Rice-a-Roni.”  I explained.

Here is a link to the accompanying video.   http://youtu.be/tBbCxVc5ysQ    There is a pop quiz at the end 🙂

Cable car

San Francisco is home to the Cable Car and Railway museums.  The actual difference between a cable car and a streetcar (aka trolley) is:

  • A cable car runs on steel rails with an open slot between them and doesn’t use overhead wires.
  • A streetcar runs on steel rails with a trolley pole connected to an overhead wire.

See more at: http://www.streetcar.org/difference.html#sthash.7EjWMmj0.dpuf

Also both museums have FREE admission, which is always nice 🙂

Unfortunately, i did not ride either a cable car or streetcar while in San Francisco.  I stuck with their city bus and underground train to get around.

Here is an up close and personal with a cable car.  Yeah, I don’t think one would like to be this close to a cable car while it’s on the street.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more adventure from San Francisco!

Cable car 3

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