Rick Laubscher photo.
It was a great day on The Embarcadero Sunday, with 1914 Muni ‘Iron Monster’ No. 162 going into regular passenger service for the first time in 50 years. Fittingly for the ‘newest’ vintage streetcar, it ran in demonstration service on the ‘new’ E-Embarcadero line, operating flawlessly all day and drawing scads of riders and photographers. No. 162 was joined in the demonstration service by New Orleans ‘Desire’ No. 952 and double-end PCCs Nos. 1007 and 1015.
With four cars on the line and smooth reversing at the terminals, the demonstration service showed that the vintage cars can indeed co-exist smoothly with the Muni Metro LRVs of the N and T lines, with which they share the tracks south of Folsom. The demo service stirred up a lot of talk from South Beach neighbors at Market Street Railway’s ‘neighborhood fair’ booth south of Pier 40, with residents asking when the E-line would become a regular part of their neighborhood.
All in all, quite a success, we believe. Let us know about your own E-line experience in the comments below.