Blackpool, England "boat tram" No. 233 arriving at Cameron Beach Yard October 25, 2013, following its trip from England. It becomes Muni’s second boat tram.
As our members learned first in their exclusive newsletter, Inside Track, Market Street Railway has acquired for Muni a second boat tram. We’ll have much more to say about this here in a few days, but for now, we just want to thank Michael Thoresen, the most generous donor who made the acquisition possible through the Thoresen Foundation, and FedEx Trade Networks, which arranged and helped underwrite the shipping of the tram from England to San Francisco.
Watch this space for news on the big debut of our “new” 1934 boat tram, No. 233.
Muni’s Car No. 130 was out on the F-line today for the first time in a couple of years. Inspector Robert Parks ran it through its paces, reporting on our Facebook group that “Frame issues fixed, low voltage power supply, marker and tail lights and VETAG (switch activation system) installed. Runs like always, although I could have done without the intermittent burning toast smell from (what turned out to be) pigeon debris on top of the resistor grids.”
Today was for testing only. After all, a 99-year old streetcar has to stretch and warm up before carrying passengers again! But barring an unexpected surprise, you should be able to ride it soon, very likely on Muni Heritage Weekend, Saturday-Sunday November 2-3.
Important to note, though: this was remedial work done by Karl Johnson’s first-rate maintenance team at Cameron Beach Yard. No. 130, and No. 162, the only two survivors of Muni’s “B-type fleet,” purchased in 1914, celebrate their own centennial next year. They, and several other vintage cars, need full restorations of the kind Car No. 1 received a few years ago. Market Street Railway is currently working closely with SFMTA leadership to move forward with these critical restorations of these irreplaceable pieces of San Francisco history.
Muni has released the schedule for E-line service in conjunction with upcoming America’s Cup series races. Service will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from the Caltrain Depot at Fourth and King Streets to Fisherman’s Wharf. Here are the dates:
Saturday, August 10;
Sat.-Sun., August 17-18;
Sat.-Sun., August 24-25;
Sat.-Sun.., September 7-8;
Sat.-Sun., September 14-15;
Saturday, September 21.
PCC No. 1006 where The Embarcadero becomes King Street, training operators for E-line America’s Cup service.
We are looking for docents to serve at key stops along the E-line, helping racegoers and other riders to use the service most effectively. We’ll train you. If you can volunteer for a four-hour shift on one of these days and would like to help, send an email telling us the dates you’re available, and we’ll send you the information.
One of Market Street Railway’s highest priorities is full-time operation of the E-line. This demonstration service is an important step in that process, so take the opportunity to help us on the operating days above, or bring your friends and family out to enjoy the ride!