The Cable Car Home Page

by Joe Thompson

A site about cable cars (also known as cable tramways) all over the world.
Henry L Davis

February, 2018 Picture of the Month: Back in 2009, San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey contacted me. He was setting up a page on the Sheriff's Department website with an image of each sheriff who had served since the department was founded in 1850. One man he couldn't find was Henry L Davis, who served as sheriff from 1864-1867. I found not one but two woodcuts in digitized issues of the San Francisco Call. Henry L Davis was one of Andrew Smith Hallidie's partners in the Clay Street Hill Railroad. (Source: San Francisco Call, 26-April-1895).

New in February, 2018: On the Clay Street Hill Railroad page: A ten and twenty year update on the Clay Street Hill Railroad, the first successful cable car line. Includes images of two of Hallidie's principal investors and the man who built the powerhouse.

Coming in March, 2018: On the Sutter Street Railway page: A ten and twenty year update on the Sutter Street Railway, the cable car line which proved the technology could be profitable on a route with no big hills.

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November, 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of this website.
I wish I had written down the date I started it.

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