Second Melbourne Tram Joins San Francisco's F-line Historic Streetcar Fleet
October 7, 2009
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was on hand this morning to personally accept the gift of a tram (as streetcars are known to most of the world) built in 1946 for Melbourne, Australian by John Brumby, MP, State Premier of Victoria.
The new addition will join a patchwork fleet of historic streetcars, trolleys and trams which San Francisco has been collecting from around the world. The fleet already includes an earlier Melbourne tram, no. 496, built in 1929.
Former Melbourne trams 916 & 496 together in San Francisco on The Embarcadero.
It will still be several months before the newest edition, no. 916, ready for service because of modifications which are required so it can enter service.
On any given day about 20 different streetcars will be in service on the F-Market & Wharves route, and it’s a cliche, but with nearly every one of the streetcars carrying a different paint scheme you really never know what you’ll see driving up and down Market Street.
“I am delighted that this tram has found a new and very welcome home here and will be used for F-line services. It is with great pleasure that the Victorian community can once again donate one of our iconic W-class trams to the people of San Francisco,” said Brumby speaking at a ceremony held by the Ferry Building.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom with John Brumby, MP, State Premier of Victoria, Australia