Grace via Cable Car
Cable cars, seen here running past the magnificent Grace Cathedral, were built on California Street to serve the mansions of the silver barons atop the steep Nob Hill, where Grace stands today. Illustration by David Dugan.
Downtown by Streetcar
Wearing the striking blue & gold livery of the 1940s, Car No. 1010 heads downtown on Market Street, past United Nations Plaza and the magnificent San Francisco City Hall, widely considered one of America’s finest municipal buildings. Illustration by David Dugan.
This beautiful illustration by San Francisco artist David Dugan of a California Street cable car running past Grant Avenue in the heart of Chinatown.
Take Me Out
Historic streetcar No. 798, seen here in E-line service at the Giants’ downtown ballpark, is the only survivor of 250 streetcars of this type built in San Francisco by our namesake, and Muni’s erstwhile competitor, Market Street Railway Company. Car No. 798 is being restored by MSR volunteers and Muni craftspeople, and will be found in regular service on the F-line, and the future E-Embarcadero line, filled with the smiling faces of riders from around the world. Illustration by David Dugan.
Cruise by Boat Tram
One of the most beloved streetcars in Muni’s fleet is car No. 228, the open-top Boat Tram from Blackpool, England, seen here cruising San Francisco’s grand waterfront boulevard, The Embarcadero. During good weather, the Boat plies the waterfront between the historic Ferry Building (shown) and Fisherman’s Wharf, filled with the smiling faces of riders from around the world. Illustration by John Mattos.
Museums in Motion
From about World War I through World War II, San Francisco's ‘main stem’, Market Street, boasted four streetcar tracks, two for the Municipal Railway, two for its competitor, our namesake, Market Street Railway Company.
Here, left to right, are four preserved streetcars in historic liveries: Muni No. 1 in its 1912 gray & maroon; Streamlined PCC cars No. 1051 in postwar green & cream and No. 1010 in 1940s blue & gold; and Market Street Railway Co. No. 798 in the famed “White Front”Â livery used from 1927-1944. Illustration by John Mattos.
Fisherman's Wharf by Milan Tram portrays a beautiful illustration by San Francisco artist John Mattos of Milan Tram No. 1811 running past Restaurant Row in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.
Milan Tram No. 1811 is one of eleven streetcars brought to San Francisco from Milan, Italy, Âan appropriate sight in the heavily Italian neighborhoods of North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. Car No. 1811 can be found in regular service on the F-line, along Market Street and The Embarcadero, filled with the smiling faces of riders from around the world.
Castro by Streetcar
Wearing the most popular livery from San Francisco's rich transit history—the green and cream Muni Wings livery—Car No. 1050 is a perfect example of the art deco, streamline-styled PCC streetcar that is the backbone of the F-line.
Car No. 1050 can be found in regular service on the F-line, from the Castro District to Fisherman’s Wharf, filled with the smiling faces of riders from around the world. Illustration by John Mattos.