The past weekend’s Muni Heritage Weekend was so successful, Muni’s parent, SFMTA, and Market Street Railway has agreed to do it again next year, Saturday-Sunday, November 1-2 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mark your calendars now, and if you’re a ways from San Francisco, start making your travel plans.
Here are some photos from the past weekend. All the vehicles that operated this year are expected back next year, with a couple of additional buses possible as well. And, of course, our second boat, No. 233, should be in passenger service as well.
San Francisco’s two "boat trams," originally from Blackpool, England, pose together for the first time on The Embarcadero during Muni Heritage Weekend. The new acquisition by Market Street Railway, No. 233, made possible by a generous grant from the Thoresen Foundation and a shipping subsidy from FedEx Trade Networks, is to the left, with No. 228 to the right.
1950 Marmon-Herrington trolley coach No. 776 makes the turn from Mason to Market on its loop from our San Francisco Railway Museum around Union Square on Muni Heritage Weekend.
San Francisco’s oldest surviving streetcar, vintage 1896 No. 578, drops passengers at the San Francisco Railway Museum F-line stop at Steuart Street, flanked by 1914 Muni streetcar No. 130, recently returned to service, Muni Heritage Weekend had every operable pre-World War II San Francisco streetcar in service, a great rarity.
Two hundred years of Muni history pass at the Ferry Terminal stop during Muni Heritage Weekend: 1912 Car No. 1 and 1914 Car No. 162.
Perhaps the oldest operational bus in any North American urban transit fleet, 1938 White Motor Company motor coach No. 042 prepares to finish another run with happy passengers during Muni Heritage Week.
Every decade of San Francisco’s transit heritage from the 1890s to the 1990s was represented during Muni Heritage Weekend. The 1970s, 80s, and 90s were symbolized by 1976 Flyer trolley coach No. 5300, which actually ran into the 21st century. The 5300 sported Muni’s iconic “Nowhere in Particular” destination sign.