Inside the historic Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse,visitors can view the actual cable winding machinery from an elevated gallery, as well as the path of the cable entering the building and leaving underneath the street in the sheave room viewing area.
Also on display are various mechanical devices, such as grips, track, trucks, cable and brake mechanisms with corresponding explanations.
Historic background information gives the visitor a peek at the cable cars' glorious past. Included in these displays are three antique cable cars: a Sutter street dummy and trailer, and the first cable car (1873). Also on display is a photo narration of the reconstruction effort 1982-1984.
How to Get There:
The best way to get to the powerhouse is, how else?, by cable car. Street parking for automobiles is nearly non-existent. The closest MUNI bus lines are the 1 & 30
Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse 1201 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94108 (corner of Mason and Washington Sts.)
Holidays: Open every day of the year with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Hours: April 1st - September 30th 10AM - 6PM October 1st - March 31st 10AM - 5PM