San Francisco Municipal Railway kicked off a weeklong centennial celebration on Sunday by rolling out vintage streetcars on the city’s oldest existing rail line. Over the weekend, the J-Church–which opened in 1917–played host to vintage streetcars from the F-Market and Wharves fleet, kicking off eight days of festivities in honor of Muni’s 100th anniversary.
Throughout the week several vintage street cars will be incorporated into the F line as part of its normal daily service, and on Sunday they will be put into service on the city’s newest rail line: T-Third Street, from downtown to Cesar Chavez Street.
According to Muni, while the vintage street cars are in service there will be docents available on each of the vehicles to answer questions from riders about the history of San Francisco transit. Muni’s director of transportation Ed Reiskin issued a statement saying, “Muni has an incredibly rich history that we’re eager to share and celebrate with San Francisco. We’re inviting the public to ride a variety of vintage vehicles from our collection, representing many of the decades during which Muni has been serving our great city.”
On Sunday, November 14th, Muni plans to reintroduce a cable car built in 1890 that has been restored to look exactly as it would have in 1947. The historic Car No. 26 will run with regular service throughout the remainder of the week.
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