Still Time to Join the Dallas PCC Charter Aug. 4

Perhaps the most remarkable renovation performed on any of the F-line streetcars is the one given to No. 1009. Here’s the before photo:


Interior of PCC No. 1009, vandalized and burned by homeless, leaving San Francisco for restoration, 2010.

Though the car had been badly vandalized while in storage, its capacity (one of the largest streetcars in the fleet) and its ability to operate from either end made it worth restoring. Now it’s back, painted in tribute to Dallas Terminal & Railway, which called its double-end PCCs “gliding beauties.” And now you can glide around town on a special excursion on No. 1009 Sunday, August 4, leaving our San Francisco Railway Museum at 1:30 p.m.

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Restored PCC No. 1009 at Mission and Steuart. Rick Laubscher photo. Click to enlarge both photos.

There’s still room on this special charter. You can sign up here. While you’re there, check out upcoming charters on the popular Blackpool boat tram and Muni’s famous Car No. 1 later this year.

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2014 Streetcar Calendar Now Available!

Market Street Railway’s 2014 “Museums in Motion” calendar is now available at our San Francisco Railway Museum and here in our online store.
As you can see, the cover features newly restored double-end PCC No. 1008, truly a marvelous historic vehicle built in 1948, in a wonderful historic setting, with the 1920s Mission-style historic pier bulkhead buildings of the southern Embarcadero and the 1936 Bay Bridge behind the car.
The monthly photos are wonderful as well. You can glimpse them on the online store page.
The calendar is priced at $12.95. Market Street Railway members receive a 10% discount. Join Market Street Railway now at the $100 level or above, and you’ll not only be giving meaningful support to our mission of preserving historic transit in San Francisco, but you’ll receive a 2014 calendar with our compliments as well.
(We’ll soon be contacting our current members at the $100 and above level to make arrangements to get your 2014 calendar. Thanks so much for your support.)

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Rare Streetcar Scenes in Upcoming Silent Movie Showing

On Sunday, July 21, 3:30 p.m. at the Castro Theater, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival is showing a restored print of “Last Edition,” filmed in San Francisco in and around the Chronicle building in 1925. There are said to be many great streetcar scenes included in the film and even a rare glimpse of the Pacific Avenue cable car, which closed in 1929.
Tickets are $15 each, advance purchase advised. Click here for more information. Remember, this is a one-time showing. Take the F-line up there and make an afternoon of it!

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On the Line: Hard Water

We start a new feature today: fun places you can reach on Muni’s historic streetcar or cable car lines.
Our first entry is Hard Water, the hot new whisky bar cum southern cooking temple that’s the brainchild of Charles Phan, proprietor of the famous Slanted Door.


The whisky wall at Hard Water.

Although Hard Water is just one F-line stop away from the Ferry Building’s Slanted Door, it’s a world away from Phan’s celebrated take on Vietnamese cuisine. The location is Simon Snellgrove’s wonderful restoration of Pier 3 (F-line Washington Street stop). You enter the high-ceilinged space of the historic bulkhead building to find yourself facing a literal wall of whiskies: Scotch, bourbon, rye, Canadian, and more. Try them straight or in some marvelous signature cocktails, such as the Presbyterian (Wild Turkey, lemon, ginger, and soda) or the Roffignac (Redemption rye, lemon, grapefruit, red hembarig syrup, and soda).
Lunch features such entrees as okra etoufee, muffaletta, gulf flounder sandwich, and fried chicken sandwich. Dinner includes seafood gumbo, southern fried chicken, smothered pork shank with black eyed peas and many more, plus appetizers like corneal crusted alligator and pork belly cracklin’.
One note: there are no tables here. Instead, there are seating bars against the walls and in the center of the room. When we visited, it led to a great conversation with some friends we didn’t know we’d make that night. And the food was yummy. As for the drinks, well, that’s why you take the F-line to get there.
You can find menus here.

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E-line Service Sunday, July 7

The special E-Embarcadero streetcar service was a big hit on July 4. It’s running again on Sunday, July 7, from the Caltrain Depot at Fourth and King Streets to Jones and Jefferson Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The E-line service on July 4 drew big crowds, like this one at the Caltrain Depot. Bruce Agid photo. Service will be provided by double-end vintage streetcars, led by the restored 1948 PCC cars. The service is… — Read More

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