Honoring Cam Beach

Some photos from this morning’s ceremony renaming Muni’s Geneva Carhouse the Cameron Beach Yard to honor our friend, the late SFMTA Director Cam Beach.
Market Street Railway will present much more detail on this moving ceremony to our members in the Winter edition of our newsletter Inside Track, due out in late December. Members: the Fall edition should be in the mail in the next few days.


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A crowd of more than 200 gathered for the ceremony, October 25, 2011, under a new sign on the protective canopy for Muni’s historic streetcar fleet that Cam beach championed.


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Mayor Lee led the roster of speakers, which also included Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, SFMTA Board Chair Tom Nolan, SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin, Beach Yard Superintendent Karl Johnson, MSR Board members Rick Laubscher and Art Curtis, and Cam’s children Lynn Beach O’Neill and Tim Beach.


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Unveiling the plaque honoring Cam that will be placed at the entrance to the Cameron Beach Yard. Left to right, Cam’s wife Carmen Clark, son Tim, daughter Lynn O’Neill, his fellow SFMTA Directors Jerry Lee, Leona Bridges, Bruce Oka, Tom Nolan, and Malcolm Heinecke, next to former SFMTA chair Rev. Dr. James McCray. Just out of frame to the left is Tim and Lynn’s mother Carol Jones. The plaque reads: “Director Beach never met a public transit vehicle he didn’t like. His lifelong enthusiasm for public transportation, especially San Francisco’s fleet of historic vehicles, and abiding dedication to serving the public made him a compelling and dedicated advocate. He always viewed public transit not only for what it was, but for what it could and should be.”

Comments: 4

  1. I find the naming of the muni facility extremely
    appropriate in honor and to honor Mr. Cameron Beach.
    I met this man on the first Nor-Cal bus fan excursion
    Thank everyone that had something to do with this.
    John J Reele, Tour Bus Operator

  2. A fine ceremony honoring an exceptional man with a most appropriate designation.
    Cam’s legacy will live long, and his contributions enhance many lives. How fortunate we are that he was among us!

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