Giddy riders. Laughing kids. Happy crew members. Public transit that takes people where they want to go with flair and fun. THIS is why Market Street Railway worked hard to bring two Blackpool, England open-top “Boat Trams” to San Francisco and gift them to the City’s transit agency, Muni, 30 years apart.
But no need to talk about it when you can see rider satisfaction in action, on Sunday, October 10, 2021 during the City’s annual Fleet Week celebration, featuring Navy ships and the famous Blue Angels aerobatic team. Sit back and enjoy the ride, with motorman Mike Delia and conductor Damon Williams. Just click on the video below.
Thanks so much to SFMTA’s Jeff Tumlin and Julie Kirschbaum for bringing out the Boat (and 1928 Melbourne Tram 496 too) for Fleet Week. Thanks to the operators and maintainers who made it such a smooth, fun ride on both vintage trams.
The Blackpool Boat Tram and the Melbourne tram both cruised The Embarcadero to the delight of riders and onlookers on their initial day of Fleet Week service, Thursday, October 8. They’ll be out every day through Monday, October 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. between our San Francisco Railway Museum (across from the Ferry Building) and Pier 39.
Our museum will be open Friday, Saturday, and (just added) Sunday from 11-5.
Need additional incentive to come down? The boat and Melbourne rides are FREE!
Muni’s most popular streetcar, 1934 Blackpool, England Boat Tram 228, will be delighting passengers on The Embarcadero between Fisherman’s Wharf and our San Francisco Railway Museum (across from the Ferry Building) from October 7 to October 11, the key dates of Fleet Week 2021. Final operating hours haven’t yet been set, but we expect the Boat Tram to be in service from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m each day. We’ll have volunteer docents on the Boat to answer any questions you might have.
As this photo taken September 28 by Daniel Catalan demonstrates, the Boat is out this week providing refresher training for operators (but no public rides). We will be providing a GPS tracker so you can see the Boat’s location during its Fleet Week stint on our live streetcar map.
Make a day of it! Enjoy some of the ship tours, the air show and other Fleet Week activities, listed here. And stop by our San Francisco Railway Museum on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to chat and check out new merchandise, including our 2022 calendar! And learn more about Muni’s Boat Trams, which our nonprofit brought to San Francisco, on our newly expanded Boat Car Page.
Thanks to SFMTA/Muni leaders Jeff Tumlin and Julie Kirschbaum for bringing out the Boat for another Fleet Week!
If you’re a Market Street Railway Member at $100 or more in annual support, don’t worry, we’ll be mailing you your complimentary calendar before the end of November. If you’re not yet a member at that level, you can join here (either $100+ annually or $10/month) and get your complimentary calendar.
We didn’t print a large number of these, so don’t wait to purchase one..
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