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The Cable Car in America

A New Treatise Upon Cable or Rope Traction as Applied to the Working of Street and Other Railways.

George Hilton
James A. Bier, cartography.

Enriched with almost 700 illustrations, this book has long been the definitive study of the American cable car, a widely touted form of urban transportation that operated in 29 cities across the United States. This once-promising technology proved inefficient, however, and cable cars were soon replaced by electric trolley cars. Today, they are only to be found as a tourist attraction traversing the steep hills of San Francisco.


484 pages, comprehensively illustrated with black and white photographs, drawings and diagrams
large softcover 218mm x 280mm
Stanford University Press (1997)

"There was nothing comparable before this book's appearance, and there has been nothing since. Furthermore, it strikes me as unlikely that there would or could be, inasmuch as Hilton covered the waterfront here so thoroughly and expertly
" Robert M. Vogel, National Museum of American History.

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