2010 Museums in Motion Calendar Preview

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Each year, Market Street Railway publishes a wall calendar featuring photos of San Francisco’s historic streetcars and cable cars. The Museums in Motion calendar is important to us as a fundraiser, a thank you to our members (all $100 and above Market Street Railway members receive one) and generate interest in historic transit.
The 2010 calendar won’t ship for a few months still, but with the final design sent off to the printers now we want thank everyone who has submitted photos via our Flickr group over the last two years. In addition to calendar regulars Peter Ehrlich and Richard Panse, next year’s calendar will feature photos from frequent group contributors Kevin Sheridan and Telstar Logistics’ own Todd Lappin.
Thank you all for your photo submissions, and don’t stop taking photos because we intend to do this again next year. We’ll announce here when the next calendar goes on sale and anyone who Joins Market Street Railway at the $100 level will receive a copy by mail.

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Castro’s Trial Plaza Extended Four Months

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been enjoying time spent in the 17th Street Plaza that the trial period has been extended another 4 months. The plaza sits at the corner where Market Street (San Francisco’s main boulevard) and the thriving Castro Street shopping district both come together with 17th Street, where the F-Market & Wharves line turns around.

The plaza has quickly become the heart of the neighborhood, where residents and visitors gather to enjoy their coffee, the sun, and people watch. It’s even become a concert venue.

At a more basic level, the plaza is just a much more enjoyable place if you’re waiting for the next F-line streetcar.

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Award Winning Photography

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Congratulations to Kevin Sheridan on winning the black and white photography Best of Show award at the Marin County Fair for his untitled interior shot of light falling on the seats of Muni streetcar no. 130.
View original award winning photo »
Kevin, who goes by the name StreetRailway on Flickr, is currently the top contributor to the Market Street Railway Flickr Group and you’ve more than likely seen his work if you’ve visited the group before.
Several of Kevin’s photos will also be featured in next year’s Museums in Motion calendar, which we publish each year as a fundraiser and thank you to our $100 and above members, but more on that later. Congratulations again Kevin.

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Short Film About the 17th Street Plaza


Streetsblog SF has posted a short film about the temporary Castro & 17th Street Plaza which is currently a pilot project to test the feasibility of a permanent closure.
There was plenty of skepticism of the project all around, but just as with the interviews in the film, we’ve heard positive things from the Muni Operators who no longer have to contend with traffic coming at them from every which way.

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News Muni Fares Take Effect Wednesday

Remember that both Muni and BART fares will be going up starting July 1. As of this Wednesday a trip on Muni will become $2.00 ($0.75 for senior, disabled and youth riders) and exact change is required to pay as you board vehicles so be sure you have extra quarters or dollar bills. Monthly Fast Pass prices are also going up, but work out to be a better value for those who ride Muni more than 10 days per month.… — Read More

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Harvey Milk Remembered

Until the Academy Award winning film “Milk” was released, Harvey Milk was not very well known outside San Francisco. For the upwards of 500,000 who have traveled to San Francisco this weekend for the annual Gay Pride Celebration, it was almost certainly “required viewing” and they will find a very familiar looking city since it was filmed entirely on location. Some may even get to ride one of the film’s props, the green and cream colored streetcar which appeared in… — Read More

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Cable Car No. 15 Makes its Debut

From 1893-1902 the cable cars of the Powell-Mason line were painted in a yellow and red livery of our namesake, the Market Street Railway Company. The original car no. 15 would have been painted in this livery when it entered service in 1894, so its only fitting its replacement be painted in honor of predecessor. Yesterday’s debut was very well attended and you’ll find many more photos in our Flickr photo group of no. 15’s debut.

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17th Street Plaza: Open for Business

Jamison Wieser photo. Now is a good time to be living in the Castro District. Wednesday evenings we now have a farmers market and yesterday the 17th Street pedestrian plaza at the corner of Market & Castro officially opened. For now the plaza is only a 2-6 month trial with temporary fixtures, but it already seems to be popular and getting a good response. On Saturday May 16, the neighborhood will be holding an opening celebration starting a 12:30 PM… — Read More

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17th Street Pedestrian Plaza Opens Today

We recently mentioned the 17th Street plaza, which closes the last half block of 17th Street at Castro and Market where the F-Market & Wharves line turns around to create a public open space. Construction has been underway for the last few days, installing planters to and painting the street to delineate the edges, for today’s opening. There will be a ceremony this morning at 10:00 AM with Mayor Newsom officially opening the plaza for a 2-6 trial period.

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Next year’s calendar

Even though 2009 has barely started it’s already time to start planning for next year’s annual calendar. Last year we extended the invitation to submit photos for the calendar to our Flickr group as a contest. We had a lot of great photos to choose from and photos from both Tammy Abraham and Simon Batistoni are featured in this year’s calendar. Here’s how to enter your photos for the 2010 Museums in Motion calendar.

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Muni Streetcar No. 1051 Dedicated to Supervisor Harvey Milk

We at Market Street Railway is very proud of our work with the SFMTA to honor Harvey Milk with the dedication of PCC streetcar no. 1051. I especially want to thank Dan Nicoletta for his advice, support and use of his photography for the interior informational panels. Dedication ceremony photos by Georg Lester » The SFMTA press release: PCC No. 1051 will honor the memory of Milk with permanent exhibit San Francisco—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees… — Read More

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Cable Cars Get Their Due

San Francisco history podcast Sparkletack returned a few weeks ago from a long hiatus with a weekly time capsule. Each episode normally tells just one story from local history, but host Richard Miller is using these time capsules to cover nuggets from San Francisco’s past that don’t quite warrant an entire program of their own. And this week’s time capsule is how I learned it was 44 years ago today — October 1st, 1964 — when our cable cars became… — Read More

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