About Contact Volunteer Join Donate Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
spacer

Market Street Railway/City Guides Trolley Tour

All Tours and Excursions start and stop at the
San Francisco Railway Museum
77 Steuart Street San Francisco, CA 94105


Available Trolley Tours and Excursions:

Trolley Excursion, September 21, 2014
Trolley Excursion, October 18, 2014
Trolley Tour, October 26, 2014


Get our FREE eGuide: Excursion Companion Guide. Available free on iTunes:

Excursion Companion Guide



Trolley Tour October 26, 2014


October 26, 1:30pm Blackpool, England Car No. 228 ef5db7cf6b9da960d19587db967fcae0 As we’ve done in years past, the Market Street Railway and San Francisco City Guides are once again collaborating on a memorable vintage streetcar ride along Muni’s historic F-line. The fall tour is Sunday, October 26, 1:30-3:30pm and on-board the fabulous open-top “Boat Tram” (Blackpool, England, Car No. 228) that offers a unobstructed views of the sights and sounds along the F-line on Market Street and The Embarcadero. Join tour guide Ethan Chickering from City Guides on one of our priceless “museums in motion” for their informative ride along the F-line where you will learn interesting historical facts about famous Fisherman’s Wharf, traditional North Beach, the scenic Embarcadero, colorful Ferry Plaza, the busy financial district, world famous Powell & Market, classic Civic Center, imposing Mint Hill and the lively Castro. Sign up today at the early bird rate of $35 per person. (After September 28 for the fall tour, the regular rate of $40 applies.) Seating capacity is limited. Your ticket purchase provides the funds required to charter the streetcar from Muni, so all ticket sales must be final. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway and City Guides in their work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive. * In the event of inclement weather or the boat not being available, another streetcar will substitute. 89f9cb677a0c9e977220191d5d0544c7 89f9cb677a0c9e977220191d5d0544c7

SOLD OUT

PLEASE BRING RECEIPT WITH YOU AT TIME OF BOARDING.
Tour begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum

Market Street Railway Trolley Excursions


Trolley Excursion September 21, 2014


September 21, 1:30pm San Francisco Municipal Railway Car No. 130

“Car130.jpg"

Come celebrate the 100th birthday of one of Muni’s oldest streetcars, car 130 built in 1914, by riding on this 2-hour excursion on Muni’s oldest surviving rail line, the J-Church line, about a 13-mile round-trip. The excursion is on Sunday, September 21, 1:30-3:30pm.

Destinations include: Market Street, the Castro, scenic Mission Dolores Park, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Glen Park, Balboa Park, and Cameron Beach Yard, Muni’s storage and maintenance facility for the historic streetcar fleet (normally off limits to the public).

Built in 1914, car 130 ran for 44 years as part of Muni’s fleet and was the very last “Iron Monster” to leave passenger service in 1958. Muni shop foreman Charlie Smallwood saved it from the scrap heap by hiding it in the back of Geneva carhouse while its mates met their fates. He then talked his bosses into making it a “wrecker.” Stripped bare and painted yellow, it spent the next 25 years towing its replacements “PCC streetcars” back to the barn when they broke down. It was fully restored by Muni craft workers in 1983 for the Historic Trolley Festival, including original seats, which Charlie had kept all those years in his basement just in case.

Opened in 1917, the J-Church line is the oldest surviving streetcar line in San Francisco. From Market Street, it runs south mostly on Church Street, but skirts through scenic Mission Dolores Park and around the steep slopes of Dolores Heights via private right-of-way. Originally terminating at Church & 30th Streets in Noe Valley, the line was extended to Balboa Park in 1991 via the “Bernal Cut,” an excavation originally done as a single-track steam train right-of-way by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company in the 1860s. The cut was widened in 1929 to its present-day width.

Seating is limited to 50 passengers (the seating capacity of the car), so sign up today. For this excursion, the fee is $40 for Market Street Railway members and $50 for non-members. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway in its work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive.

The trip begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum at 77 Steuart Street just opposite the Embarcadero from the landmark Ferry Building. The streetcar will stop a few times for several minutes where you will be welcome to get out and take pictures. However, please note that the number and duration of such stops will be subject to timing and line conditions.

  • In the event that car 130 is unavailable, another streetcar will substitute.
Price

PLEASE BRING RECEIPT WITH YOU AT TIME OF BOARDING.
Tour begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum


Trolley Tour October 18, 2014


October 18, 12:00pm Blackpool, England Car No. 228

228-9-9-13.jpg

Come ride the open-top “Boat Tram*” (Blackpool, England car 228) on this nearly 4-hour excursion on the F, J, K, L, and M lines ranging all over San Francisco. The excursion is on Saturday, October 18, noon-4pm.

Destinations include: Market Street, Civic Center, the new Mint, the Castro, Dolores Park, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Glen Park, West Portal (entrance to the Twin Peaks Tunnel opened in 1918, one of the world’s longest streetcar tunnels at 2.27 miles), and the San Francisco Zoo.

The boat tram is one of twelve built in 1934 for an English seaside resort. In 1984, car 228 was acquired for Muni with the help of Market Street Railway. It’s actually crossed the Atlantic twice: in 1976, it ran in Philadelphia during that city’s bicentennial celebration, then returned to Blackpool where it sat unused until Muni acquired it.

Seating is limited to 44 passengers (the seating capacity of the car), so sign up today. For this long excursion, the rate is $75 for Market Street Railway members and $100 for non-members. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway in its work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive.

The trip begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum at 77 Steuart Street just opposite the Embarcadero from the landmark Ferry Building. The streetcar will stop for a few times for several minutes where you will be welcome to get out and take pictures. However, please note that the number and duration of such stops will be subject to timing and line conditions.

  • In the event of inclement weather or the boat not being available, another streetcar will substitute.
Price

PLEASE BRING RECEIPT WITH YOU AT TIME OF BOARDING.
Tour begins and ends at the San Francisco Railway Museum