Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Cable Cars Going Home

Between 1955 and 1956 Knott's bought six cable cars from San Francisco. The cable cars were refurbished and converted from cable power to battery power. They made their Knott's debut on Easter Sunday 1955. The cable cars were donated back to San Francisco in October/November 1980. Here is the Berry Vine article about the last cable car being readied to go back to San Francisco.

There are two remnants of the Knott's cable car system still visible today at Knott's, they are the two old fashioned "traffic signals" on Grand Avenue. As the cable cars approached Grand Avenue they would trip a switch that would change the signal from GO to STOP and back again after it crossed the street. I will take pictures of these signals and post them here in the next couple of days.

1 comment:

  1. Neat. So did Knott's actually have four operating cable cars? I always wondered if they installed a cable system, now I know it was all battery power.