Trolleys, Trams, and Subways in San Francisco
Trains and Railways are a part of San Francisco's diverse history. After all, this is the city of Cable Cars! Did you know that almost every street in San Francisco once had a cable car on it? Sadly, it's not that way any longer, but you can still experience the moving historic trolleys which are actually a functional part of the city's public transit network. And don't forget about the Streetcars, too. Many of them have been brought in from other famous cities around the world to carry San Francisco's citizens and visitors to their next stop. So, if you're a train lover, here are some of the best train and railway-themed places to visit in San Francisco.
Cable Car Museum
This free museum is all about the history of the cable car system in San Francisco, and is also home to the actual machinery that powers the cable cars themselves! Visitors can see historical exhibits about how the cable cars were once used much more frequently in the city, what they looked like, and how they work. It's also possible to go down under the street level to see the gear machinery, and gaze upon the large engines and wheels that move the cables.
1201 Mason Street, Nob Hill, SF, California, 94133
San Francisco Cable Car System
San Francisco's famous cable car system is an iconic symbol of the city. It dates back to 1873 and at one time there were 23 lines. Today there are just 3 lines and two major routes - two lines that run between Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf and a line that runs along California Street.
854 Washington Street, Chinatown, SF, California, 94107
This family-friendly museum offers a number of interesting exhibits including a STEM lab, science and ceramics studios, and several exhibit spaces. This museum is all about the kids, and there's plenty of space for the young ones to play. There's a toddler treehouse and a large electric model railroad that even has replicas of Bay Aria trains. Animal lovers will enjoy the animal exhibit which features live coyotes, foxes, reptiles and sea creatures.
199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA, 94114
San Francisco Railway Museum
Located by the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero, this fun and family-friendly railroad museum focuses on the history of railroading in San Francisco with a special focus on the historic street cars. After all, the city is not just home to the cable cars, but also street cars and a subway system. Visitors can get into the driver's seat of a replica street car and view a variety of exhibits about local history as it relates to transportation in the region.
77 Steuart Street, Embarcadero and Financial District, San Francisco, California
How much does it cost?
Prices for activities, things to do, and tours range from $175 to $673. The average cost for a tour or tickets is $424. A few of the best options are below.
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