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Woods Yard Cable Car Barn

Where the city goes when it needs a new cable car!

Propelled mechanically by a system of cables threaded beneath the city streets -- picture a ski lift that runs upside down, and you get the basic idea -- the cable car lines were installed in the late 1800s, and they continue to operate in San Francisco to this day.

But where does the city go when it needs a new cable car? No factories make the things anymore, obviously, so the San Francisco Municipal Railway has a team of ace carpenters who build new ones from scratch at the Woods Division maintenance yard in Dogpatch.


Take a peek inside the windows of the facility behind the playground along 22nd and you'll see their creation in action and you may come home with some photos of a brand new cable car under construction.

Visit to join the community fun as our gift to you during this year's "holidays at home" Shelter in Place.

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