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How Does a Cable Car Work?

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How Things Work


How Does a Cable Car Work?
Print How Does a Cable Car Work? Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print How Does a Cable Car Work? Reading Comprehension


Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.54

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    closed-in, gripman, standing, transit, buffs, powerhouse, open-air, reels, currently, turntable, provides, operate, ingenious, directly, economical, originally
     content words:    San Francisco, United States


How Does a Cable Car Work?
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Colorful, old-fashioned cable cars glide up and down the steep hills of San Francisco, but there is no sound of an engine pulling the cars. How do they do it?
 
2     Old-fashioned cable cars move by an ingenious system of cables and grips devised in the 1800s especially to pull cars up and down steep hills. Cable cars were so successful that they soon began to replace horse-drawn carriages in big cities across the United States. By the late 1800s, cable cars had become a popular means of mass transit.
 
3     In addition to being able to navigate steep hills, one of the chief advantages of cable cars was that they were cheaper and easier to maintain than horse-drawn cars. Cable cars did not have to be fed, groomed, rested, and housed in a stable like horses did.

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