Historic Traction at KBF

Friday, April 5, 2002 2:52 PM

This came up in another Knott's topic. I weanted to revive it because I had some further questions.

Some of you may remember the trolly's at Knott's. They ran between the east parking lot and the entrance.

1) Were they cable or electric? (I would imagine the former)

2) What were their histories? (if any)

3) Who remembers riding them? Me? I LOVE traction (streetcars, trollies, interurbans, etc.). I was very sad to see the trollies go. (not to mention the one at PGA)

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Friday, April 5, 2002 4:04 PM
I can only kinda answer #2. Just this week I was looking over some of my old KBF memorabilia and they had a small pic of the old trolly. I'll have to look again to answer #1, but I do remember for sure they had "California and Market Streets" written across the front, and apparently were authentic trolleys from San Francisco. Never did ride em, but do remeber them.

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 8:04 AM

Janfrederick, the cable cars that were at Knotts were authentic San Francisco cars. When the Muni decided to build new cars for regular service a number of the old cars were sold. Knotts bought some (two or three, I don't recall exactly how many) and converted them to electric drive using deep cycle batteries. The cars were rotated in service with at least one being charged at all times.

When the park decided expand into what was then a parking area and the RR shop it was determined that the car line was of no further use and sold off the rolling stock. They went ot traction museums for the most part, although one now operates at the Poway Midland RR in Poway,CA during the winter months while their Baldwin steam locomotive undergoes it's annual inspection work.

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Sunday, April 7, 2002 6:29 PM

Dutchman said:

When the park decided expand into what was then a parking area and the RR shop it was determined that the car line was of no further use and sold off the rolling stock. They went ot traction museums for the most part, although one now operates at the Poway Midland RR in Poway,CA during the winter months while their Baldwin steam locomotive undergoes it's annual inspection work.



I live in Poway! Been on the cable cars when they're runnin'- cool stuff. Didn't know the history of em though- thanx for the info...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 1:34 PM
Hey thanks Dutchman! I was away for the weekend and forgot to check the topic. Very cool. I had no idea that Poway had a RR. I'm going to try to find it online.

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