- Cable Car Renaissance in San Francisco
Rick Laubscher is a 4th generation San Franciscan (and Silver Spur award winner) with a passion for trolleys, cable cars, street cars and all things transit. He is a powerful presence in our transportation community the slogan -- "Keeping the Past Present in the Future" - is a well received mantra.
Laubscher gave us the inside scoop on an original O'Farrell, Jones & Hyde cable car this past Sunday as Muni celebrates 100 years of wheels turning in ..."the city that knows how."
The O'Farrell, Jones & Hyde Street line ran from 1906 - 1954. The special double-end cable car isn't something you see often in San Francisco, but one does remain. Thanks to a rancher in Santa Barbara county who bought and preserved one of the original cars to use for prospective cattle buyer tours -- history comes alive down California Street.
That same original cable car was donated to Muni nearly 20 years ago and has undergone extensive restoration. It now makes rare street appearances as it did last Sunday.
Our appreciation go out to the mavericks like Laubscher who "see the bigger picture" in our carriage renaissance and continue to share their passion with those thrilled to rediscover the classics that truly never go out of style. -- http://www.postcardsfromsf.com