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Car 43 was one of five cars at Knott's Berry Farm converted for use as battery-powered parking lot shuttles
Car Specs
Car Number: 
43
Type: 
DE DT cable car
Builder: 
CSCRR
Built / Retired: 
c1907
Construction: 
wood
Notes: 
acquired from Knott's Berry Farm 1985

The cable car was developed in 1873 as a replacement for the horse-drawn streetcar. It enjoyed a relatively brief period of popularity prior to the development of the electric streetcar. 

The basic concept is simple: A continuous cable is kept in motion under the track throughout the entire route. The cable car is equipped with a vise-like “grip” that catches the moving cable when the operator desires the car to move, and disengages the cable when stopping.  The top speed of the car is limited to the speed of the cable, about 12 mph. By 1895, a total of 28 American cities had built cable systems, the largest of which was in Chicago, Illinois. Only in San Francisco, with its steep hills, did the cable railway survive.

Car 43 was part of a group of cars built for Cal Cable in 1906-07 after the great San Francisco earthquake and fire destroyed all of the line's original rolling stock. It operated in San Francisco until the mid-fifties, when it was sold along with five other cable cars to the Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park here in Southern California. The six cars were modified with motor drives and used as battery powered parking lot shuttles. Five of these cars returned to San Francisco in 1981, while Car 43 remained behind as a display. 

The car was donated to the Museum by Knott's in 1985. Knott's also donated other equipment to the Museum, including Sutter Street Railway cable car trailer 77. 

Links

http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/archive/cars/C2.htm

http://www.streetcar.org/cable-car-lines.html#cal

http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/index.html

http://knottsberryfarm.blogspot.com/

http://www.image-archeology.com/knotts_berry_farm.htm

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A number of early electric streetcars in Los Angeles were built to the same basi
A number of early electric streetcars in Los Angeles were built to the same basic body design as Cal Cable 43. USC Digital Archive
Cal Cable 43 today at the Museum
Cal Cable 43 today at the Museum
Postcard views at Knott's.
Postcard views at Knott's.
Postcard views at Knott's.
Postcard views at Knott's.
Car 43 was one of five cars at Knott's Berry Farm converted for use as battery-p
Car 43 was one of five cars at Knott's Berry Farm converted for use as battery-powered parking lot shuttles

Additional Images

Map of Knott's circa 1964, including the cable car route.
Map of Knott's circa 1964, including the cable car route.
Car 50 passes Knob Hill in 2008
Car 50 passes Knob Hill in 2008
Sister Car 51 still operates in San Francisco today.
Sister Car 51 still operates in San Francisco today.
Car 43's sister cars still climb the hills of San Francisco today
Car 43's sister cars still climb the hills of San Francisco today
Car 43's sister cars still climb the hills of San Francisco today
Car 43's sister cars still climb the hills of San Francisco today
Car 43's sister cars still climb the hills of San Francisco today
Car 43's sister cars still climb the hills of San Francisco today

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