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Museum Closed through Wednesday, April 23

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The first day’s progress refinishing our museum floor, on the window side of our embedded "tracks." Brian Leadingham photo. Click to enlarge.

Since our San Francisco Railway Museum opened in 2006, we’ve welcomed tens of thousands of visitors who learned about how transit made San Francisco the city it is today, and enjoyed the many unique gifts we offer there.

All those feet on our floor have brought us to the point where we’re resurfacing our unique flooring with its embedded streetcar rails, which lead back to our completely accurate replica of a 1911 San Francisco streetcar cab.

So the museum will be closed through Wednesday, April 23, while we carry out the job. Come visit us again beginning April 24!

Museum Closed through Wednesday, April 23

April 21, 2014 • The first day’s progress refinishing our museum floor, on the window side of our embedded "tracks." Brian Leadingham photo. Click to enlarge. Since our San Francisco Railway Museum opened in 2006, we’ve welcomed tens of thousands of visitors who... (more)

Telling a Great Story of 108 Years Ago

On or about April 14, 1906, 108 years ago this week, pioneering professional filmmakers the Miles Brothers bolted a hand-cranked camera onto the front of a cable car and rode down Market Street from Eighth Street to the Ferry Building. The film they shot has gained new interest in the past few years, since film historian David Kiehn demonstrated that it was made just a few days before the great earthquake and fire destroyed almost everything you see. (Previously, the film was thought to have been made in the summer of 1905.)

This “Trip Down Market Street” has been seen millions of times in the century-plus since it was made, but there’s only one fully narrated version we know of — ours! Click below for a preview.

In the full 11 minute video, Market Street Railway President Rick Laubscher, author of ON TRACK and a noted San Francisco historian, tells you what you’re seeing on every block along the way in this memorable film, including social, economic, and political history to go with the transit history. It’s all woven together seamlessly, bringing this wonderful film, “A Trip Down Market Street,” to life.

You can see the full 11 minute video free at our San Francisco Railway Museum, open daily except Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For just $12.95, you can also buy your own copy at the Museum, or right here at our online store (scroll down the store page until you reach the video). Remember, Market Street Railway Members get 10% off.

Telling a Great Story of 108 Years Ago

April 13, 2014 • On or about April 14, 1906, 108 years ago this week, pioneering professional filmmakers the Miles Brothers bolted a hand-cranked camera onto the front of a cable car and rode down Market Street from Eighth Street to the Ferry Building.... (more)

Special History Sale and Book Signing Today

Today (Saturday, April 12) is a special day at our San Francisco Railway Museum. From 11 a.m. through mid-afternoon, we’ll be holding a sidewalk sale of transit and railroad books, photos, memorabilia, and ephemera right outside the museum just across from the Ferry Building (F-line Steuart Street stop).

And from Noon to 3 p.m., Market Street Railway President Rick Laubscher will be signing copies of his new book, ON TRACK: A Field Guide to San Francisco’s Historic Streetcars and Cable Cars. Rick will also be glad to answer your questions about the historic fleet, the F-line, E-line, and Market Street Railway.

Come on down and make it a great day out!

Special History Sale and Book Signing Today

April 12, 2014 • Today (Saturday, April 12) is a special day at our San Francisco Railway Museum. From 11 a.m. through mid-afternoon, we’ll be holding a sidewalk sale of transit and railroad books, photos, memorabilia, and ephemera right outside the museum just across... (more)

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