Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Miniature San Francisco Cable Cars

One of the unsolved mysteries about Arrow's early ride systems was the nature of the "San Francisco" style trolley. Thanks to Bill Hardiman's grandson Michael, we now have pictures of a train that sort of looks like a trolley, but there is more to the story. 

This train appears somewhat like the streetcars which have served the City By the Bay for decades, but on a miniature scale, matching that of Arrow's streamline locomotives. 

Note also the names Mickey, Donald and Limited on the side of the cars, which may be more evidence of Arrow's tight relationship with Disney. These images were shot at an Arrow Playland demonstration park in San Lorenzo Village, in the East Bay. The fire station is visible across the street in the third image.

San Lorezo Train

Some new images from the Arrow Development Facebook Page provide further insight into the Cable Car Mystery.

Old San Francisco Cable Car

The Enchanted World of Old San Francisco was for a dark ride on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, done by Sid and Marty Krofft, next to the Wax Museum.  As seen in the images below, the cable car was the ride vehicle thru the attraction.

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