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San Francisco Municipal Railway (1984-current)

Built 1893 by Carter Brothers

The current standard paint scheme for Powell Street cable cars honors the very first paint design, displayed on Powell cable car No. 1. It is a simplified version of the historic 1888 livery resurrected in 1973 to celebrate the centennial of the world’s first cable car line on Clay Street.

Cable Car and the Golden Gate Bridge

Richard Panse photo.

While the cable car tracks, carbarn and powerhouse were being completely rebuilt between 1982-84, Muni repaired and repainted all the cable cars, and decided to replace the green and cream Muni livery adopted in the 1940s (already gone from buses) with a simpler version of the car No. 1 livery.

Today, Powell Street cable cars 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, and 28 wear this livery.

(The details at the bottom of this page pertain to cable car No. 2. Specific histories of each cable car can be found on the cable car roster page.)

1888-1893
1893-1902
1905-1908
1907-1921
1927-1944
1944-1947
1946-early 1960s
1960s-1982
1984-current
1984-current

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