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Market Street Railway/City Guides Trolley Tour

All Tours and Excursions start and stop at the
San Francisco Railway Museum
77 Steuart Street San Francisco, CA 94105


Available Trolley Tours and Excursions:

Trolley Tour + Exploratorium, August 24, 2014
Trolley Excursion, September 21, 2014
Trolley Excursion, October 18, 2014
Trolley Tour, October 26, 2014


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Trolley Excursion + Exploratorium August 24, 2014


On Sunday August 24th, Market Street Railway joins with The Exploratorium for a Very Special Charter that includes VIP Tickets to the Exploratorium at a discount on both.

A first-of-its-kind collaboration between these two unique SF non-profit institutions

The trip begins at 1:00 PM at the San Francisco Railway Museum, 77 Steuart Street, just opposite the Embarcadero from the landmark Ferry Building. The Streetcar will stop a couple of times for several minutes where you will be welcome to get out and take pictures.

You’ll ride PCC 1050 (built in 1948) with a Market Street Railway Historian and Streetcar expert who will talk about the science and history of Streetcars, as well as pass around various artifacts for you to examine. Paul Lucas will be your host, in his vintage railroad uniform.

Destinations for the tour include the future E-Embarcadero Line route under the Bay Bridge past AT&T Park, then through Mission Bay and down 3rd Street to Metro East (Muni’s new light-rail storage and maintenance facility normally not open to the public!). On the return trip, we’ll glide out to Pier 39, towards Fisherman’s Wharf, and finally disembark at Pier 15, home of the Exploratorium.

Your ticket includes VIP entry to the Exploratorium and a brief orientation for the passengers of the charter tour before being released to use curiosity as your compass on a self-guided exploration through its uniquely interactive experience. You’ll be able to stay right up until closing time at 5:00 pm.

The Exploratorium is the most experimental museum in the world, the only place in San Francisco where you can touch, tinker and play with more than 600 interactive exhibits. It’s a learning laboratory for all ages that embraces the wild wonder at the intersection of science and art, and the best place to truly immerse yourself in San Francisco’s independent, innovative culture.

Seating is Limited, so reserve your tickets ASAP

Price is $45 for Market Street Railway or The Exploratorium members, $55 for non-members, and $30 for Youth under 18. The combination of the two events promises to be a fun family excursion.

Price


Trolley Tour October 26, 2014


October 26, 1:30pm Blackpool, England Car No. 228

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As we’ve done in years past, the Market Street Railway and San Francisco City Guides are once again collaborating on a memorable vintage streetcar ride along Muni’s historic F-line. The fall tour is Sunday, October 26, 1:30-3:30pm and on-board the fabulous open-top “Boat Tram” (Blackpool, England, Car No. 228) that offers a unobstructed views of the sights and sounds along the F-line on Market Street and The Embarcadero.

Join tour guide Ethan Chickering from City Guides on one of our priceless “museums in motion” for their informative ride along the F-line where you will learn interesting historical facts about famous Fisherman’s Wharf, traditional North Beach, the scenic Embarcadero, colorful Ferry Plaza, the busy financial district, world famous Powell & Market, classic Civic Center, imposing Mint Hill and the lively Castro.

Sign up today at the early bird rate of $35 per person. (After September 28 for the fall tour, the regular rate of $40 applies.) Seating capacity is limited. Your ticket purchase provides the funds required to charter the streetcar from Muni, so all ticket sales must be final. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway and City Guides in their work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive.

  • In the event of inclement weather or the boat not being available, another streetcar will substitute.
Price

PLEASE BRING RECEIPT WITH YOU AT TIME OF BOARDING.
Tour begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum

Market Street Railway Trolley Excursions


Trolley Excursion September 21, 2014


September 21, 1:30pm San Francisco Municipal Railway Car No. 130

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Come celebrate the 100th birthday of one of Muni’s oldest streetcars, car 130 built in 1914, by riding on this 2-hour excursion on Muni’s oldest surviving rail line, the J-Church line, about a 13-mile round-trip. The excursion is on Sunday, September 21, 1:30-3:30pm.

Destinations include: Market Street, the Castro, scenic Mission Dolores Park, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Glen Park, Balboa Park, and Cameron Beach Yard, Muni’s storage and maintenance facility for the historic streetcar fleet (normally off limits to the public).

Built in 1914, car 130 ran for 44 years as part of Muni’s fleet and was the very last “Iron Monster” to leave passenger service in 1958. Muni shop foreman Charlie Smallwood saved it from the scrap heap by hiding it in the back of Geneva carhouse while its mates met their fates. He then talked his bosses into making it a “wrecker.” Stripped bare and painted yellow, it spent the next 25 years towing its replacements “PCC streetcars” back to the barn when they broke down. It was fully restored by Muni craft workers in 1983 for the Historic Trolley Festival, including original seats, which Charlie had kept all those years in his basement just in case.

Opened in 1917, the J-Church line is the oldest surviving streetcar line in San Francisco. From Market Street, it runs south mostly on Church Street, but skirts through scenic Mission Dolores Park and around the steep slopes of Dolores Heights via private right-of-way. Originally terminating at Church & 30th Streets in Noe Valley, the line was extended to Balboa Park in 1991 via the “Bernal Cut,” an excavation originally done as a single-track steam train right-of-way by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company in the 1860s. The cut was widened in 1929 to its present-day width.

Seating is limited to 50 passengers (the seating capacity of the car), so sign up today. For this excursion, the fee is $40 for Market Street Railway members and $50 for non-members. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway in its work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive.

The trip begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum at 77 Steuart Street just opposite the Embarcadero from the landmark Ferry Building. The streetcar will stop a few times for several minutes where you will be welcome to get out and take pictures. However, please note that the number and duration of such stops will be subject to timing and line conditions.

  • In the event that car 130 is unavailable, another streetcar will substitute.
Price

PLEASE BRING RECEIPT WITH YOU AT TIME OF BOARDING.
Tour begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum


Trolley Tour October 18, 2014


October 18, 12:00pm Blackpool, England Car No. 228

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Come ride the open-top “Boat Tram*” (Blackpool, England car 228) on this nearly 4-hour excursion on the F, J, K, L, and M lines ranging all over San Francisco. The excursion is on Saturday, October 18, noon-4pm.

Destinations include: Market Street, Civic Center, the new Mint, the Castro, Dolores Park, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Glen Park, West Portal (entrance to the Twin Peaks Tunnel opened in 1918, one of the world’s longest streetcar tunnels at 2.27 miles), and the San Francisco Zoo.

The boat tram is one of twelve built in 1934 for an English seaside resort. In 1984, car 228 was acquired for Muni with the help of Market Street Railway. It’s actually crossed the Atlantic twice: in 1976, it ran in Philadelphia during that city’s bicentennial celebration, then returned to Blackpool where it sat unused until Muni acquired it.

Seating is limited to 44 passengers (the seating capacity of the car), so sign up today. For this long excursion, the rate is $75 for Market Street Railway members and $100 for non-members. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway in its work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive.

The trip begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum at 77 Steuart Street just opposite the Embarcadero from the landmark Ferry Building. The streetcar will stop for a few times for several minutes where you will be welcome to get out and take pictures. However, please note that the number and duration of such stops will be subject to timing and line conditions.

  • In the event of inclement weather or the boat not being available, another streetcar will substitute.
Price

PLEASE BRING RECEIPT WITH YOU AT TIME OF BOARDING.
Tour begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum