Have you ever taken a ride on a cable car? San Francisco is known for these little cars that climb steep hills and veer around corners.
The cable car owes its invention to the problem horses had drawing carts up and down in this city in the 1800s. Today cable cars share the streets with cars and buses, but they keep on running day and night.
The answer is in this plain-looking brick building. This is the Cable Car Barn.
You can go inside and suddenly you understand why the cars go. The cables run nonstop at 10 miles an hour over pulleys turned by gears. They whir from underneath the barn out to the streets. The noise in here is deafening.
The cars move when the gripman onboard closes the grip onto the cable. The cars get pulled along until the grip is let go and the brake applied to stop momentum. On any day in San Francisco, cable cars grip cables and the operator clangs bells and on and on they go.
How about you? Do you have a “power source” in your life? Mine is my faith in God. I’ve been able to keep going through news of cancer, job losses, moves, and family ups and downs. What keeps you moving forward, onward?
Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The first photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture Felicity. Thanks to my husband for taking the photos of me on the cable cars. You can tell riding a cable car makes me happy.