The F&CH Cable Railway, which opened in 1887, was designed and built by civil engineer Howard C. Holmes (1852-1921). The line is an amalgamation of the Powell Street Railway and the Park and Cliff House Railway. It was one of the most complicated cable-car systems to run from a single station and had been under construction two years prior to its opening. Andrew Hallidie, a wire rope manufacturer, devised the first operating cable car in the United States in 1873, which ran on Clay Street hill.
Powell Street Railway
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Rail TransportationEra: 1880-1889DateCreated: 1887San FranciscoState: CAZip: 94108Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/rail-transportation---1/-1-ferries---cliffhouse-cable-railway-power-houseCreator: Holmes, Howard
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Caroline Culler (CC BY-SA 3.0)Era_date_from: 1887