Having spent two days in San Francisco hearing the wirring noise under our feet near the cable car tracks it was fascinating to visit the museum where you can also see the working machinery that keeps the cable cars moving. Not only does it provide an insight into the cable cars you see on the streets today, particulary what the gripman does to drive the car, but you can read about and see the history behind the cable cars and how they evolved in San Francisco.
We walked there from our hotel on Bush Street and it's up hill! We combined the visit with a day walking around (or rather up and down) the streets of San Francisco, and a fascinating day it was.
However, the best way to get there is by cable car, either the Powell-Mason or Powell-Hyde cable car lines that stop at the musuem. We did get an unlimited travel pass but for another day. Not only does this pass give you unlimited travel on the cable cars (which is very expensive otherwise - $6 per person were trip) but also on other public transport (which is normally $2 per trip though you can get a trasnfer pass from one bus that gives you free travel on the bus you are transferring to) and we rode the f-line and the other buses. Buses and trams are vey frequent and the best way of seeing the city.
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