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    Street Cars & Cable Cars of San Francisco

    If you enjoy images of old transit vehicles, you might enjoy this:

    https://www.sfgate.com/travel/resour...photo-18374821

    jtk
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    I believe that the San Francisco fire department is the last department to have it's own wooden ladder shop. They still make and use only wooden ladders. Can you buy a wood ladder any more?
    I have seen used wire from the Golden gate bridge for sale but never cable car wire. It may be because the car wire would be very greasy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    I believe that the San Francisco fire department is the last department to have it's own wooden ladder shop. They still make and use only wooden ladders. Can you buy a wood ladder any more?
    I have seen used wire from the Golden gate bridge for sale but never cable car wire. It may be because the car wire would be very greasy?
    Bill D.

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    Bill, a few years back a link was posted to a video about the SFFD's Ladder Shop. The thread devolved into political mud slinging. Hopefully linking to a story about a high quality shop building ladders can stay on the beauty of the craft instead of personal political feelings:

    https://gizmodo.com/inside-san-franc...are-1552279252

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    Here is a couple of pictures of street cars in my home town, Hampton Virginia (est 1610).


    1888 – J. S. Darling organizes the Hampton and Old Point Railway Co., a trolley line.
    The Soldiers Home was built for veterans, it is now the Veterans Administration Hospital.
    1888 J. S. Darling organizes the Hampton and Old Point Railway Co., a trolley line.jpg


    1895, this view down an unpaved expanse of East Queen Street shows the early recovery of Hampton after the devastation of the Civil War and a second catastrophic fire in 1884.
    1895, this view down an unpaved expanse of East Queen Street shows the early recovery of Hampton.jpg
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