The premier vintage transit event of the year, Muni Heritage Weekend, happens September 7-8 this year. Rides will be offered each day from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. For the first time, this popular event, co-sponsored by SFMTA and Market Street Railway, will kick off San Francisco Transit Week, an event co-sponsored by SFMTA and the San Francisco Transit Riders organization (SFTR).
Details are still being finalized, but for Heritage Weekend at least, you can expect, at a minimum, several rarely-seen vintage streetcars to offer free rides from our San Francisco Railway Museum to Fisherman’s Wharf and back, including: Muni 1 (1912); Market Street Railway “Dinky” 578 (1896); Melbourne 916 (1946, pending resolution of a persistent bearing problem); Brussels/”Zurich” 737 (1952); and Blackpool “boat tram” 228 (1934).
Bus fans will again be able to ride beautifully restored 1956 Mack motor coach 2230, 1938 White motor coach 042, 1970 GM “New Look” 3287, 1975 AM General 4154, and vintage trolley coaches Marmon-Herrington 776 (1950) and Flyer 5300 (1975). There may be a bus surprise or two. Stay tuned.
Stay tuned, too, for what could be a big cable car surprise. For now, O’Farrell, Jones & Hyde cable car 42 (1907) is again slated to be on the California line.
If you’re a member of Market Street Railway’s Operator’s Circle ($250 or more annual support), plan to come to our San Francisco Railway museum at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 6, for our annual special reception and charter. (You can join or upgrade your membership here, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
During the weekend, we’ll have special memorabilia available for sale at our San Francisco Railway Museum and other fun activities.