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Historic F Line Service/Market St. & The Embarcadero

Pros: Vintage streetcars from around the world providing unique transportation
Cons: Peak tourist hours mean long lines for boarding
Best For: Riding on elegant,meticulously restored vehicles

F Line Market Street Historic RailwayThis transportation project was made possible and initiated by the non-profit preservation partner of MUNI, Market Street Railway. First service began in 1995 along Market Street and the extension route to Fisherman's Wharf was inaugurated in 2000. Vintage streetcars or trams which at one time had been in service in the U.S. and abroad have been restored, each one painted in colors to represent the city they originated from, and numbered. There about 20 cars in service daily.

MUNI (San Francisco Municipal Railway) owns and operates the system from 6am to about 11:20pm daily and the best time to hop aboard is either early morning before rush hour, between 2 and 4pm, or after 7pm. Used by commuters and tourists alike, it's a real kick, riding in these beauties, unless of course, you're packed like sardines. If you see long boarding lines, it won't be as pleasant an experience.

Car #1 began service in San Francisco in 1912, the oldest streetcar in use today, which was built for a public transportation company in the U.S. At the ceremonial opening of the Municipal Railway System on December 28, 1912, Mayor James Rolph, Jr. was piloting the car and he paid his fare with one of the first nickels to be minted at the San Francisco Mint. Car #1 is painted gray and red and will be a focal point in the celebration of MUNI's 2012 centennial festivities. This streetcar is currently undergoing a bit of restoration. Each car has a unique history, of special interest for transportation buffs. Kids and adults appreciate the ride.

There are currently 11 Peter Witt streetcars from Milan, Italy in service today, which were built in 1928. These cars are especially charming. Note the restored woodwork and lighting fixtures...remarkable craftsmanship!

Jot down the number of the car you are riding in, and its origin (posted on the walls of the vehicle) and then learn more about how it came to be part of the fleet: http://streetcar.org/streetcars/fleet.html

F Line Market Street Railway
Castro and Market Street, to Fisherman's Wharf on the Embarcadero
MUNI fees apply: $2 for adults with a transfer good for 90 minutes
Use your MUNI map for routes

www.sfmta.com/historic

To become a member of the non-profit org, committed to the preservation and expansion of historic streetcar transportation, or to donate $$:
www.streetcar.org
F Line Market Street Historic Railway
Noteworthy: The SF Railway Museum and Gift Shop
77 Steuart St. (by the Ferry Building)
Open Tuesday Thru Sunday, 10am-6pm

Printable Route Map: http://streetcar.org/map.pdf

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