The 2014 Muni Heritage Weekend is approaching fast: Saturday-Sunday, November 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Several buses, including trolley buses from 1950 (No. 776) and 1976 (No. 5300), and motor coaches including 1938 No. 042, will carry passengers on a special route from our San Francisco Railway Museum on Steuart between Market and Mission Streets. The buses will follow Market to Sutter, Sutter to Mason, and Mason back to Market for the return trip.
San Francisco’s oldest streetcar, 1896 No. 578, will be in service from the museum to Pier 39 via The Embarcadero. It rarely carries passengers. Other historic streetcars from San Francisco’s transit history, including 1912 No. 1, 1914 No. 130, 1948 Nos. 1006, 1008, and 1010, are slated to be in service along the F-line along with 1952 No. 1040. Regular Muni fares apply to the F-line streetcar runs.
Additionally, the only surviving cable car painted in the O’Farrell, Jones & Hyde Sts. livery, No. 42, will be running on the California Street cable car line, whose eastern terminal at California and Market is just a block from the museum. In the plaza across the F-line tracks from the museum, Muni’s motorized cable car (No. 62) will be an interactive display, allowing kids of all ages to ring its bell (the same bell used annually in the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest). Other vintage Muni transit vehicles, including Muni’s oldest trolley coach, No. 506 (1941) will be on display in the plaza as well.
A variety of public events will take place during the weekend, including a tribute to Maya Angelou, a pioneering African-American transit figure in San Francisco (as well as a famous author). She will be honored with readings about her history as a World War II era streetcar conductor from her novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. There will also be music, games for kids, and a special sale of Market Street Railway’s surplus archival materials — books and artifacts of great interest to rail aficionados, but not directly related to our San Francisco focus.
We’ve just added a special reception for Market Street Railway Members only at our San Francisco Railway Museum from 5-7 p.m.on Saturday, November 1. That reception will feature remarks by Market Street Railway President Rick Laubscher and Acting Board Chair Bruce Agid, who will also answer Members’ questions.
We’ll have more details on the exact schedule of events in a subsequent post. Come enjoy!