Smiles are breaking out along the city’s waterfront and along Market Street, as Muni’s vintage streetcars are out in force for the first time in more than a year. The F-line is running a full test schedule, including pull-outs and pull-ins along the J-Church line, in advance of the official reopening of the line for passenger service on May 15. Initial service will run seven days a week, but just eight hours a day (11 am-7 pm) initially, running the whole route from Castro to Fisherman’s Wharf.
EXTRA smiles popped out today with refresher training on two of Muni’s most popular vintage streetcars, including the oldest operating passenger streetcar in America, single-truck “Dinky” 578, which celebrates its 125th birthday at the end of the summer. The great shot above, on the Castro curve at 17th and Market, comes from Jeremy Whiteman.
Traci Cox, normally a master of the low-angle shot, checks in with an “above-it-all” shot of Boat Tram 228 cruising along Church behind a new Siemens LRV, with PCC 1071 in its yellow Minneapolis-St. Paul livery, headed toward its F-line test run.
Here are some other great shots from today. It feels a lot different — and better — on the streets of San Francisco now. The colorful F-line cars make a huge difference.
And to finish, c’mon, you know you want to see another boat photo. Here’s a great one to end with, another Traci Cox high angle shot on San Jose Avenue, as the boat tram headed back to Cameron Beach Yard today.
And don’t forget you can vote for your favorite streetcar right now! Click here to learn more!
That’s great to see the 578 back on the City’s streets again., It brings a much needed joy to our lives during these difficult times.
….Love the “Dinky” car.
I remember them back in Milwaukee where I grew up. There was the end for one of the lines along the North Shore mainline to Chicago at W. Oklahoma Ave (quite a stair climb) served by Dinky cars.to stops in the city not service by the NS.
BTW would love it if one of the old full sized Milwaukee Haavyweights could be located, restored, and put in service on the F line . Love to ride one again.