Showing Transit Pride

One of Chris Arvin’s Pride designs

Check out this article in the San Francisco Examiner by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez about this Pride Month initiative taken on a personal basis by our board member, Chris Arvin.

Chris’ design work is on display on our website in the engaging streetcar icons featured on the live streetcar map designed by fellow board member Kat Siegal. We offer stickers of those icons at our San Francisco Railway Museum and online store.

A wide variety of Pride-related items, including tee shirts and stickers, are available through Chris’ personal website, transit.supply.  Chris is donating all the profits made from these items purchased this month to local Bay Area orgs that support LGBTQ+ people: Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, Larkin Street Youth Services and Trans Lifeline. That’s almost $5,000 so far.

Chris’ images aren’t limited just to Muni. BART, Chicago’s “L”, Boston’s “T”, the New York subway, and other systems are included as well. Again, here’s where to go to see them all buy them.

Happy Pride Month! And a reminder: various parades and gatherings will lead to bus substitution on the F-line this weekend, including most Sunday, June 30 for the Pride Parade on Market Street. Visit sfmta.com for the latest information.

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Flashback to 1906 on June 26

Where is this exactly? Come to our museum on June 26 and find out.

In the latest installment of Market Street Railway’s series of history talks, called Inside Track Live, you’ll be able to see the famous 1906 Miles Brothers film, “A Trip Down Market Street”, as you’ve never seen it before.

On Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m., at our San Francisco Railway Museum, MSR President Rick Laubscher will present the highest-quality transfer of this precious film ever made, showing a 12-minute ride from Eighth Street to the Ferry along Market Street, shot from the front of a cable car just a few days before the Earthquake and Fire destroyed almost everything visible in the film.

Rick has narrated the film, providing insights into not only the transportation history involved, but the social and economic history of 1906 San Francisco as well.

At Inside Track Live, we’ll play the film all the way through with its narration, asking audience members to note anything they see that they have questions. Then, we’ll play the film again, pausing to discuss audience questions with Rick wherever one comes up. It should be a lively, interactive hour or so of history.

Admission is free for Market Street Railway members. We ask a voluntary $5 donation from members of the public.

Take a free ride on the 1934 Blackpool Boat Tram from our museum to the Wharf the afternoon before the film presentation.

BONUS: the 1934 Blackpool “Boat Tram” will be running from our museum to Pier 39 and back that afternoon, with the last trip leaving about 4 p.m. Come down early, take a “boat” ride (free!) and peruse the Ferry Building’s great market. Make an afternoon/early evening of it!

By the way, our newly-enhanced, exclusive narrated version of “A Trip Down Market Street”, with realistic sound effects, is available on DVD both at our museum and our online store.

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