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Come Ride the E-line Twin Torpedos (and Volunteer) Oct. 6-7

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You haven’t seen this in San Francisco for almost 60 years. A pair of 1948 Muni PCCs, Nos. 1006 and 1008, in their original double-end configuration and their as-delivered “Wings” paint scheme.

This class of Muni streetcars was altered around 1955. They were converted to run from only one end and painted to look like their single-end cousins. Both of these streetcars have been out of passenger service for at least a quarter-century. They’re now back from a complete remanufacturing at Brookville Equipment Company of Pennsylvania. No. 1008 carried passengers between Fisherman’s Wharf and Caltrain on the future E-Embarcadero line for the first weekend of the America’s Cup World Series in August. No. 1006 had just been delivered then, but it’s now just about done with its 1,000 mile of testing, and all is reportedly well. It’s been seen training operators on The Embarcadero the past couple of days.

Both these streetcars will join other double-end vintage streetcars for a second weekend of E-line service Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (final hours and headways should be announced by Muni in a few days). The city is expected to be completely packed that weekend, with the America’s Cup World Series, Fleet Week, Giants playoff games, the Castro Street Fair, an Italian-American parade and much more.

We need several more docents to work the stops along the E-line on October 6 and 7, helping riders find the right platform and providing information about the service. We have docent books prepared by Paul Lucas, so it’s easy to learn what to do. If you’re interested, send us an email and we’ll get back to you.

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