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Muni Heritage Weekend
By Lori Phelan

Mayor Breed on a Cable Car
The seventh annual celebration of Muni Heritage Weekend held jointly by the SFMTA and the Market Street Railway, our nonprofit partner that supports the preservation of Muni's historic vehicle fleet, will take place at the San Francisco Railway Museum at Steuart Street and Don Chee Way. 

Vintage vehicles will start operating at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, apart from the streetcar shuttles on The Embarcadero, which will start running around noon. The last vintage vehicle rides will depart between 4 and 5 p.m. (The one exception: the special cable cars will board one block away at California and Market streets.).

On the plaza opposite the museum, there will be games and hands-on activities for children, plus a chance to climb on board and ring the bell on motorized Cable Car No. 62, a new selfie opportunity in front of a huge vintage colorized historic photo from 1947.

Back by popular request, Market Street Railway Museum will host an interactive presentation of the narrated 1906 Trip Down Market Street film at the museum Saturday at 5:45 p.m. There will also be exhibits and presentations on the history of SF transit and the Municipal Railway heritage fleet with free admission to the SF Railway Museum.

Rounding out the festivities, unique historic buses, cable cars and streetcars rarely in operation will return to serve the public for this weekend, some of them for free. These vehicles will depart from and return to the SF Railway Museum and include Muni's Streetcar No. 1, Streetcar No. 578, Motor Coach No. 042 and recently restored "Mack" Motor Coach No. 2230, among others.

Standard fares apply to vehicles operating in regular service on the F Market and Wharves streetcar line and the E Embarcadero streetcar line, as well as all cable cars. Vintage vehicles are subject to change based on availability. For more details of event, please visit Market Street Railway or SFMTA.com/MuniHeritage.

This Muni Heritage Weekend also marks the kick-off of Transit Week 2019, a weeklong celebration of San Francisco transit riders hosted by the SF Transit Riders. Find the Transit Riders on the plaza outside the SF Railway Museum.

Cable Cars

Hyde Line Cable Car
1907 O'Farrell, Jones and Hyde Cable Car No. 42, where you'll board on Heritage Weekend, at California and Market streets.

Special cable cars operate at regular fares as part of regular California Street cable car service, between Market Street (one block from San Francisco Railway Museum) and Van Ness Avenue, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday only: Debut of Sacramento-Clay "Big 19", retired 1942; wears the livery of the 1927-37 period. ​

Saturday and Sunday: O'Farrell, Jones & Hyde line car No. 42. Built 1907, retired 1954, brought back to San Francisco by Market Street Railway; wears the livery of the 1917 period.

Streetcars: Begin operations at 11 a.m. Saturday and Noon Sunday

poeple loading up on the Boat Tram

  • 1896 "Dinky" 578 – Embarcadero Shuttle between the Museum and Pier 39 – Free.
  • 1934 "Boat tram" from Blackpool, England (No. 228 scheduled Saturday, No. 233 Sunday) – Shuttle, Museum-Pier 39 – Free.
  • Saturday only: 1912 Muni Car 1 – first publicly owned streetcar in US. Embarcadero Shuttle between our Museum and Pier 39 – Free.
  • Sunday only: OPERATING DEBUT of 1946 Melbourne SW6-class tram 916. Embarcadero Shuttle between our Museum and Pier 39 – Free.
  • 1929 Melbourne W2-class tram 496. Operating on the E-line in regular service (Caltrain/Ballpark-Wharf), regular fares apply.
  • 1948 Muni PCCs 1006 and 1008, double-ended "torpedoes."  Operating on the E-line in regular service (Caltrain/Ballpark-Wharf), regular fares apply.
  • 1952 "EuroPCC" 737 (Brussels but wearing Zurich sister city livery). Operating on the F-line in regular service (Castro-Wharf), regular fares apply.
  • 1952 Muni PCC 1040 – the last of almost 5,000 PCC streetcars built in North America. Operating on the F-line in regular service (Castro-Wharf), regular fares apply.

Trolley Coaches: Begin operations at 11 a.m. Saturday and Noon Sunday

Trolley coaches

Board on Steuart Street at Don Chee Way next to the San Francisco Railway Museum. One of the trolley coaches will leave Steuart Street approximately every 45 minutes.

  • 1950 Marmon-Herrington trolley coach No. 776, painted in Muni's famous green and cream "Wings" livery.

  • 1975 Flyer Trolley Coach, painted in Muni's "Landor" livery of orange, gold and white.

Saturday trolley coach route: to Washington Square in North Beach by way of the 41-Union line through Embarcadero Center and Columbus Avenue.

Sunday trolley coach route: by way of Sutter and Mason Streets to connect with Tenderloin Sunday Streets activity, returning by way of Market from Mason.

Motor Coaches: Begin operations at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday

Mack Bus 14 Mission
San Franciscans of a certain age rode 1956 Mack motor coaches as children; on Heritage Weekend, children of all ages can ride this beautifully restored Mack free of charge.

Board on Steuart Street at Don Chee Way (next to the San Francisco Railway Museum).  All rides are free. No pickups en route. One of the motor coaches should leave Steuart Street approximately every 30 minutes.

  • 1938 White Company motor coach No. 042, which served as a Coit Tower bus for four decades; now repainted into its original Muni livery of orange and black.
  • 1956 Mack motor coach No. 2230, fully restored to immaculate condition, wearing its original "Wings" livery.
  • 1970 GMC "Fishbowl/New Look" motor coach No. 3287, wearing its original Muni maroon and cream "Cal Cable" livery.

Saturday motor coach route: by way of 82x route on Sansome and Battery Streets to reach Levi's Plaza and the Cruise Ship Terminal (Pier 27). Sunday motor coach route: same as trolley coaches (Market, Sutter, Mason, return by way of Market) to connect with Tenderloin Sunday Streets activity.

Muni's maintenance teams are doing a great job in getting everything ready and want to show off their "babies." They have a lot to be proud of; we hope you come and enjoy Muni Heritage Weekend.



Published September 06, 2019 at 10:31AM
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