That fuss you hear riding streetcars is the sound of San Francisco’s pinnacle innovation at work. Apparatuses snap and wire-hemp ropes buzz as these vintage contraptions are lifted over-top slopes excessively steep for ponies or transports – and you can investigate those links close-up here, in the cities despite everything working trolley horse shelter. See three unique 1870s streetcars put away here and peruse a treasure trove of SF memorabilia (real trolley chimes!) in the gallery shop.

Watch links hum over huge bull wheels – as wonderful an accomplishment of material science now as when Andrew Hallidie developed the system in 1873.

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