Heritage Weekend Offers Chance to Ride Rare Streetcars in San Francisco

The annual event hosted by MUNI and the non-profit Market Street Railway will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo by Justin Franz. 

Heritage Weekend Offers Chance to Ride Rare Streetcars in San Francisco

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

This weekend, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Market Street Railway, the non-profit group that supports historic transit in the city, are hosting MUNI Heritage Weekend. The annual event first held in 2012 offers one of the best opportunities for transit fans to see, ride and photograph San Francisco’s most interesting streetcars and cable cars. 

The event on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day and be centered around the Market Street Railway’s San Francisco Railway Museum & Gift Shop at 77 Steuart Street, just across the street from the iconic Ferry Building. 

This year, a number of historic cars will be running either on the F-Line (which connects the city’s waterfront with the Castro District) or the California Street cable car line. Among the highlights will be the world’s oldest cable car (1883), one of the oldest electric streetcars (1896), the very first streetcar Muni owned (1912), and the wildly popular English open-top “Boat Tram” (1934). Vintage buses will also be operating. Both the streetcars and buses will depart from the museum and the cable cars will be running just two blocks away. Rides on the buses and vintage streetcars will be free. Cablecar rides can be had with a $5 all-day pass. Besides the rides, there will also be a book sale at the museum plus talks from local transit authors Emiliano Echeverria and Michael Dolgushkin.

Visit the Market Street Railway’s website for more information

This article was posted on: September 20, 2023