Friday, February 1, 2013

S. F. Cable Car Museum


Sketch of Ticket Machine and Street Lamp, ink & watercolor, 8x5"
Ticket Machine and Street Lamp, ink & watercolor, 8x5"
We rode BART and a cable car to the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco to sketch. I had to first draw some of the antique street "furniture" on display—an old Cable Car Ticket Machine and a street lamp. The tickets were only 25 cents then. Now they are $6.00 a ride! 
Cables that still power the cable cars, ink & watercolor, 5x8"
Cables that still power the cable cars, ink & watercolor, 5x8"
The museum was built around and above the massive cable system that still runs the cable cars. The guy in the sketch above stands on a platform about 20 feet up to supervise (?) the cables that run through multiple sets of huge gears in the basement level of the building and then go out under the streets to pull the cable cars up the steep hills. 
Cable Car Museum, ink & watercolor, 8x5"
Cable Car Museum, ink & watercolor, 8x5"
It was extremely LOUD in the museum so it felt great to get outside and sketch the  museum from across the street. For more sketches of cable cars and the museum, click here to see Cathy's.

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