Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photo: Market Street's Railway

Even though the LRVs of the Muni Metro and BART's long white torpedo trains zoom north and south beneath the pavement, on the surface San Francisco's Market Street is well-served by rail as well - specifically, by the heritage streetcars of the F Market & Wharves line. More geared to tourists than any of Toronto's streetcar lines or any of Muni's other lines, the F cars link Fisherman's Wharf with the Castro, using primarily Peter Witt cars purchased from Milan and good old PCCs - many of them painted in the old liveries of Chicago, Birmingham, Kansas City, and other cities which once ran them. There's even a Toronto one, but it's out of service right now. Toronto could have had something like this with the 509 Harbourfront line; hell, it even ran PCCs in the beginning. But I'm pretty sure His Fordness would have fulminate and roar about something that progressive.

Pictured here is Muni's PCC #1076, representing a Washington D.C. streetcar. I'm not sure what cross street this is at.

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