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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Cable Car 508 crests the top of the Hyde Street Hill at the intersection with Chestnut Street on Aug. 4, 1966. 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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