Muni Heritage Weekend Sept. 21-22

It’s official. The popular Muni Heritage Weekend is ON for Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The traction (and bus) action will again center around our San Francisco Railway Museum, across from the Ferry Building on Steuart Street.

Muni Heritage Weekend Sept. 21-22

You’ll be able to experience transit at its finest from decades past…riding through the streets of San Francisco on vintage streetcars, your parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents rode (if they lived here). Heck, if they lived in several other places, for that matter.

Muni Heritage Weekend Sept. 21-22

Besides Muni’s very first streetcar (from 1912), and an even older electric streetcar (1896) built for one of its predecessor companies (that looks just like a cable car because it was built by the same local firm that build many of those little hill-climbers), this year should see the return (after a ten year absence) of the “Iron Monster”, the 1914 big Muni streetcar painted in the 1950s green and cream “Wings” livery in which it closed out its first life.

Muni Heritage Weekend Sept. 21-22

Yes, of course a Blackpool Boat Tram will be cruising the waterfront again, celebrating its 90th birthday, along with a 1928 Melbourne tram, a 1952 European PCC tram honoring Brussels, and more. And the rides on all these streetcars will be FREE all weekend as they run between the Museum and Fisherman’s Wharf. Additionally, the colorful vintage PCC streetcars of the F-line will be in regular service between Castro Street and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping right in front of our museum.

Muni Heritage Weekend Sept. 21-22

You can ride, for FREE, vintage buses as old as a 86-year old model that Muni management of the day had delivered in orange and black, 20 years before the Giants even came to town! For the first time, you can also take a double-engine ride on the 1947 Faegol Twin Coach bus bought by a misguided mayor to replace the Powell cable cars (how’d THAT turn out?). And for fans of the ’60s, both a Diesel bus and a trolley bus in that iconic Wings livery. Fans of later buses, you’ll have some great choices too!

Muni Heritage Weekend Sept. 21-22

Last but hardly least, the world’s oldest operating cable car, dating to 1883 (when it first ran on Market Street!) and Muni’s 1907 O’Farrell St. cable car (pictured together above), will both be running on the California Street cable line all day, just a block from the museum, at the regular cable car fare. (Again, the bus rides and special waterfront vintage streetcar rides are free that weekend.)

Muni Heritage Weekend Sept. 21-22

Beyond all this, our nonprofit will have some special merchandise on sale and interesting history displays at our museum (77 Steuart Street), and we’ll host a big transit book and memorabilia sale outside the museum both days. We’ll have book signings, other vintage vehicles, and displays from other transit advocacy and preservation groups. Please join us. Questions? E-mail info@streetcar.org.

Muni Heritage Weekend Sept. 21-22

It’s a super family-friendly event…for every kind of family. And if you don’t have family nearby, you’ll find a warm welcome…to the family of transit fans! See you on September 21-22 at the San Francisco Railway Museum for Muni Heritage Weekend!

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Comments: 5

  1. I have been at all of the ‘Trolley/Bus” from the very beginning and each year. i am a avid supporter of the Muni and my entire family worked for both Muni and the old Market st. Ry. Ray Muther

  2. Looking forward to this weekend, we are visting the USA from Blackpool,England and excited to finally ride one of “our” Boat trams on the other side of the Altantic.

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