San Francisco’s cable cars are an important icon of the city, and anyone visiting or holidaying in San Francisco will have treasured memories of riding the picturesque cable cars up and down the hilly streets.
The first cable cars of this kind were brought into operation in London and, many years later, on 2nd August 1873, Andrew S. Hallidie introduced the first San Francisco cable car, on the Clay Street line.
136 years later these attractive vehicles are still running on the streets of San Francisco and form an essential part of the city’s daily life.
The system is based on a cable that is pulled at a constant velocity, along the whole route, by a stationery engine. The cable car starts to move when a device, called a grip, is engaged under pressure to the cable. By loosening this grip, and at the same time applying the breaks, the car is brought to a halt.
These days there are only two fleets still in service. One of these is Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason, while the other is California Street.
Hobbies are pleased to offer OcCre's impressive 1/24 scale San Francisco cable car wood and metal model kit, which contains all the parts necessary for you to create an accurate replica.
The models' dimensions: length: 395mm x width: 107mm x height: 160mm
Laser cut wooden parts make up the body and interior. Fine African walnut strips cover the roof & platforms.
Wheels, brakes, bumper supports and stops, headlight, leaf rings and steering wheels and other small parts are precision cast white metal.
The comprehensive photographic instructions included with each kit make building the model easy and hugely enjoyable.
The Occre model is a reproduction of car No. 60, of the California Street fleet, built by MUNI (San Francisco Municipal Railway) in 1998 this car was brought into service in 2002.
This car is based on the original model, built by John Hammond & Company for the California Street Cable Railroad Company, back in 1906.