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Took The SF Cable Car For A Test Ride  
User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

In the same vein as these fine threads...

Just Took The New C-Class For A Test Drive (by Springbok747 Aug 16 2007 in Non Aviation)
Just Came Back From A 325i Cabrio Test Drive (by Kay Aug 13 2007 in Non Aviation)

I took the San Francisco Cable Cars for a test ride this past week while visiting SFO for business and wanted to share my opinion of it.

(And before Superfly busts my chops for not looking him up this was the one break I had the entire weekend and I was taking it to get to the office.)

PROS
Great views of the city through their large windows and openings
Roomy but firm seats
Great gas mileage since it uses no gas

CONS
Slower than death
Can't corner worth crap
Very Noisy

Here are some pics I was able to get while taking said test ride.

While waiting in line for the next car I had a great view of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/1MarinaGoldenGate.jpg

Waiting in line also produced a nice view of Ghiradelli Square.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/2GhiradelliSquare.jpg

These cable cars come with a very distinctive retro exterior styling.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/3ExteriorView.jpg

These cable cars also come with a very spacious interior seating at least 30 people or so.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/4InteriorView.jpg

Starting our initial climb up Hyde Street at a very slow and noisy pace.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/5ClimbingHydeStreet.jpg

At the top of Russian Hill is the "World's Crookedest Street" aka Lombard Street. Better territory for the cornering of a fne sports car and not the utilitarian cable car.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/6LombardStreet.jpg

Generic city life going down Hyde Street at adecent but slow pace.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/7GoingDownHydeStreet.jpg

View of Coit Tower over on Telegraph Hill through the expansive opening.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/8CoitTower.jpg

View of the Transamerica Pyramid Building while going down Washington Street.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/9TransAmerica1.jpg

Still on Washington Street and we have crap for acceleration.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/10GoingDownWashington.jpg

The University Club...not long until college football!
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/11UniversityClub.jpg

Crossing California Street and over another cable car line.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/12CrossingCalifornia.jpg

Going down Powell Street slowly.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/13GoingDownPowell.jpg

Passing by Union Square.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/14UnionSquare.jpg

Approaching the end of the line at the Powell Street Turnaround.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/DeltaGator/CableCar/15EndOfLine.jpg

All in all the ride provided by the cable cars is one of nostalgia and viewing versus getting you somewhere quickly and comfortably. I would definitely recommend everyone take a ride but not purchase one for yourself.


"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
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User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

Thanks for sharing those pix. I love riding the Cable Cars while in SFO!

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

I love streetcars and cable cars. Here in Tucson I am an officer with the Old Pueblo Trolley which serves the University and soon, the Downtown area. Part of my involvement is as a streetcar motorman, driving the streetcar. We do a bit of business with SF Muni, so I suppose that there is a remote chance that I might be able to swap stick time with one of their people-it would the the ride of a lifetime. When the Association of Railway Museums had their convention in Sacramento last fall, I did get to motor one of the Western Railway Museum's cars during an afternoon event there.


"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39695 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
(And before Superfly busts my chops for not looking him up this was the one break I had the entire weekend and I was taking it to get to the office.)

No excuse!  no 
You rode right past my job while I was at work. My building is in one of your photos.

I understand how those business trips can be very limited. I won't give you $h!t this time as I know you do visit fairly often.
Great pictures by the way!  Cool



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2019 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
I understand how those business trips can be very limited.

This one definitely was limited. We had a system cutover for a little denim clothing manufacturer that you might be familiar with at the base of Telegraph Hill and I was coordinating our guys since the regular project lead was at a wedding. I got in late Wednesday, hit the ground running Thursday and had a 6 hour conference call that night for another client, and then 16 hours days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and finally a long day on Monday followed by a redeye flight home to ATL.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
I won't give you $h!t this time as I know you do visit fairly often.

Next time I'm in town we're getting some Anchor Steam.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Great pictures by the way!

My personal camera phone that I normally just forward to my Blackberry. Luckily I had it with me.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

Auslander! Everyone knows you're supposed to stop on Hyde for a Swensen's.  Wink


International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39695 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 4):
Next time I'm in town we're getting some Anchor Steam.

Yes indeed!  yes 
Also the San Francisco Brewing Company.
Falstaff was here last month and he hit most of the spot he wanted to see and we had a great time.

My Trip To Visit Superfly, STL-MSP-SFO With Pics (by Falstaff Jul 24 2007 in Trip Reports)

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 5):
Auslander! Everyone knows you're supposed to stop on Hyde for a Swensen's.

..or Bondage A Go-Go on Wednesday night's.  Wink

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 4):
We had a system cutover for a little denim clothing manufacturer that you might be familiar with at the base of Telegraph Hill

Check your IM.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
CONS
Slower than death
Can't corner worth crap
Very Noisy

It corners rather well actually, like its on rails.

The breaks leave a lot to be desired though. On heavy application there is a grinding noise and a burning smell.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39695 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
CONS
Slower than death
Can't corner worth crap
Very Noisy

Now you're starting to sound like the 13-15 year olds in first-class and those others that complain about no PTVs on a NWQ DC-9.  Wink

Those things are 134 years old!



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
CONS

Add "Fricken expensive" to that list...  Sad

That having been said.... I rode the cable car a number of years back, and had a blast. We were fortunate enough to get an outside seat so we could hang out of the side while we were moving. It was a lot of fun.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39695 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 9):
Add "Fricken expensive" to that list...

Not to us locals that buy monthly MUNI fast pass.  Smile



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Those things are 134 years old!

Some but not all. Many of them have gone through heavy rebuilds and there are a few newer builds mixed into the fleet. Also, the grip mechanisms get removed for servicing on a regular basis, so the grip that is on the car is undoubtedly not the original grip. As for the burning smell, that's the friction track brake. The brake blocks are made of wood and can create quite the smell. The cars are also fitted with a handbrake and emergency brake. The emergency brake consists of a metal wedge that drops down into the cable trough when deployed. Due to the amount of friction generated, releasing the emergency brake usually involves using a cutting torch to break it free.



"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39695 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

57AZ:
Well aware of that but I had to make it sound really old & authentic for the tourist.  Smile



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
CONS
Slower than death
Can't corner worth crap
Very Noisy

That's half the fun of those things  wink 

Cable cars are the best.....maybe one of these years I'll get the chance to ride one again...



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 13):
That's half the fun of those things



Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Now you're starting to sound like the 13-15 year olds in first-class and those others that complain about no PTVs on a NWQ DC-9.

It's a joke ladies!  Wink

I meant this thread to be a poke of fun at the folks who had threads about test drives of cars.

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 7):
It corners rather well actually, like its on rails.

Yeah but...take them off the rails and they'll suck in the corners. Too top heavy...kind of like Superfly's last date.  duck 

Just kidding...you can't have too top heavy of a woman.  Wink



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39695 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 14):
It's a joke ladies!

I meant this thread to be a poke of fun at the folks who had threads about test drives of cars.

Ok I got it.  Smile

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 14):
Too top heavy...kind of like Superfly's last date.

Just kidding...you can't have too top heavy of a woman.

 checkmark   yes 



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
NWQ DC-9.

Is there a new airline that I dont know about, Superfly??  rotfl 



A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39695 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 16):
Is there a new airline that I dont know about, Superfly??

Gosh darn it I meant to say NWA!  mad 



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):

Aww, you're forgiven! LOL!  wave 



A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

Thanks for those photos..as a former Bay Area resident, I greatly miss those very scenes of San Francisco and a case of homesickness has now overtaken me. As a kid, at the end of the line on Powell St we (my dad, mom, etc) would
leave the car and head to a nearby restaurant that my dad's company owned (now long since gone). And delight in
the turnaround.


Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3737 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 9):
Add "Fricken expensive" to that list...

$5 for a one way trip is definitely a tourist ripoff, but you can get a $11 day pass with unlimited rides on the cable car, street car and other public transportation means. That one's a good deal if you're doing the tourist thing.



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
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