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san francisco muni history

This photo site is collection of historical San Francisco Muni Railway items ,some of these items

are obsolete and very rare. The cable car is the only moving landmark in the city, as its growing

population emerge tourist cant wait to ride to the stars. The Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse museum is

@ 1201 Mason Street off Washington San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 474-1887 (FREE)

Cable Car Chronology:

1852 - Andrew Hallidie arrives from Great Britain
1869 - Hallidie witnessed horse-car accident and had inspiration for a cable railway
1873 August 2 - Andrew Hallidie tested the first cable car system near the top of Nob Hill at Clay and Jones Streets
1873 Sept. 1 - Clay Street line starts public service at an estimated cost to build of $85,150
1877 - Sutter Street Railroad converts from animal power to cable with no break in service
1878 April 10 - Californa Street Cable Railroad Company (Cal Cable) goes into service
1880 Feb. - Geary Street, Park and Ocean Railroad began service
1881 - Dunedin, New Zealand starts cable car service. Stays in service until 1957
1882 Jan. - Chicago opens it's own cable car system much to winter wind-chilled pedestrians' pleasure
1882 Jan. - Presidio and Ferries Railroad (Union Street line) opens service
1883 August - Market Street Cable Railway starts its first line
1887 - Washington-Mason powerhouse and caarbarn built
1887-88 - Frank sprague created the first successful electric streetcar system in Richmond, Virginia
1888 March 28 - Powell Street cable car service started by Ferries & Cliff House Railway Company
1889 - Cal Cable experiments with a double-ended car with open sections at the ends
1889 August - Omnibus Railroad & Cable Company started operating
1891 - Cal Cable replaced its two-car trains with double-ended cars
1892 April - First electric streetcars with overhead wires began running in San Francisco
1906 April 18 - San Francisco's Great Earthquake damages the cable cars, allowing United Railroads (URR) to convert much of the city to streetcar service
1912 May - Eight cable car lines remained in service in San Francisco
1929 November - Market Street Railway (formerly URR) ends service on the Pacific Avenue line
1941 April - Castro cable line taken over by buses
1942 February - Sacramento-Clay line taken over by buses
1944 September - The City and County of San Francisco took over the Market Street Railway with its two Powell Street cable lines. Cal Cable last privately held transit system in San Francisco
1946 - Committee release statistics proving cable cars lost less money than Muni buses
1946 November - Committee succeeds in getting a charter amendment to save the Powell Street cables on the ballot
1947 - Mayor Lapham attempts to close down cable car system
1947 March 4 - Friedel Klussman rallied a new group called the Citizen's Committee to Save the Cable Cars
1947 April 3 - The Citizen's Committee to Save the Cable Cars began a petition drive for a charter amendment with the City of San Francisco to save the cable cars
1947 May 1 - The City Attorney ruled against the Utilities Manager James Turner, thereby allowing the citizens of San Francisco to vote on the charter amendment to continue operating the cable car system
1947 Nov. 4 - Measure 10 won by a vote of 166,989 to 51,457 forcing the City of San Francisco to maintain and operate the Powell Street cable car system
1951 July - Cal Cable's three lines were shut down
1952 January - The City purchased and reopened Cal Cable's lines and powerhouse at California and Hyde
1954 Feb. - The Jones Street Shuttle was eliminated
1954 May - The California Street line was shortened to cover only Presidio to Van Ness Avenues. The O'Farrell, Jones & Hyde line stopped running
1954 June - The Cable Car Lady, Friedel Klussmann and her Citizens' Committee were outmaneuvered when they mounted a new campaign to save the cable cars. A "Yes" vote on Proposition E meant abolishing half the cable car system; a "No" meant all 5 lines in the system would be saved. Proposition E narrowly passed setting the stage for today's cable car system
1956 Sept. 2 - Car # 524 made the last trip on the Washington-Jackson line
1957 December - All the current lines were now running after the installation of a new turntable at Hyde and Beach Streets so the single-ended Powell Street cars could turn around and all the cables were linked to the Washington-Mason powerhouse
1964 Oct. 1 - Official ceremony at Hyde and Beach designated San Francisco's cable car system a special "moving" National Historic Landmark
1971 November - Vote to protect cable car schedules thanks again to a drive by the Cable Car Lady, Friedel Klussmann and her citizens' group
1973 Aug.2 - Cable Car Centennial celebrated by loading Clay St. Cable Car #8 onto a truck and driving it on the Clay St. hill
1982 to June 1984 - Cable car system rebuilt and historic cable cars refurbished
1984 June 21 - Festivities celebrated the return of full cable car service with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Union Square followed by a parade up Powell Street led by the U.S. Marine band followed by cable cars
1997 March 1 - goes online
1997 March 4 - Celebration installing a new collage at the car barn commemorating the 50th anniversary of Friedel Klussmann's saving the cable cars replacement by buses
1998 Jan. 15 - First female grip operator, Fannie Mae Barnes, operates a cable car after developing the great upper body strength needed for the grip and brakes

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Muni collection
Muni collection
defunk department patch used in the 1970's
defunk department patch used in the 1970's
defunk badge used in the 1970's
defunk badge used in the 1970's
older rare security  patch
older rare security patch
sf transit authority the first badge before muni police
sf transit authority the first badge before muni police
hat piece
hat piece
old cable car badge 1940's
old cable car badge 1940's
rare badge
rare badge
employee can ride for free with this badge
employee can ride for free with this badge
retired employee  muni badge
retired employee muni badge
muni badge
muni badge
rare san francico muni inspector
rare san francico muni inspector
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