Cable car blueprints sit on a carpenter's table at the SFMTA Woods Division carpentry shop on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Cable car blueprints sit on a carpenter's table at the SFMTA Woods Division carpentry shop on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Carpenters use historic resources to keep cable cars running

Carpenters with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Woods Division carpentry shop use blueprints and historic photos of cable cars to restore them and keep them in active service. Out of a fleet of 40 cars, 28 are in active service.

 

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Powell Street Cable Car 508 at the Washington Mason Car House on Feb. 8, 1945. Cable car carpenters now have access to a historic Muni digital photo archive, and use high-resolution photos to help rebuild cable cars accurately. (Courtesy SFMTA Photo Archive)




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