San Francisco's Muni - Part 1
transport videos cameras first made a visit to San Francisco in
2007. We returned in October 2015 to
catch up and see how the transport scene had changed. There was so much to see we have had to put
our results on two DVD programmes! The
Historic Streetcars, Trolleybuses, Light Rail, Cable Cars and Buses are
controlled by the ‘San Francisco Municipal Railway’, known as the ‘Muni’.
These two programmes major on the Streetcars, Trolleybuses, Light Rail and the
Cable Cars. During our filming, San
Francisco was hosting ‘Fleet Week’, a US Navy event that featured many US
warships and the US Navy’s ‘Blue Angels’ air acrobatic team. They can be seen and heard practicing their
displays – adding a new dimension to our programme! However the stars of the show must be the
superbly turned out Historic Streetcars.
These trams, mostly PCC cars from the late 1940’s are each painted in a
tribute livery to the towns and cities where they would have previously
operated across North America, Canada and Mexico. There are also some Peter Witt trams from
Milan, Italy representing three of their liveries. They all operate on the F-Line all week and
the double-ended PCC cars on the E-Line at weekends.
We start part one of our San Francisco Muni visit at the northern end of the
F-Line at Fisherman’s Wharf. Our cameras
then move along The Embarcadero filming as we go towards the impressive Ferry
Building. Along the route we see former
Hong Kong and later London ‘Big Bus’ sightseeing Leyland Olympians and
Dennis Condors in action, as well as some other former UK buses as open
toppers! From the Ferry Building we turn
into Don Chee Way past the Market Street Railway Museum and onto Steuart Street
and the busy Market Street. Here we get
our first glimpses of the trolleybuses.
Market Street is full of action for you to enjoy. We take a ride on PCC 1063 for a journey back
to Fisherman’s Wharf. We now take a look
at the cable cars. Joining car 21 at
Taylor Street we ride to Powell Street, which is right next to Market Street in
the busy downtown area. This gives us
the opportunity to join PCC car 1079 and ride to Castro. The terminus of the F-Line is on 17th
and Castro Street. This Bohemian area is
an excellent location to film the trams arriving and returning back to
We now continue our
journey to Church Street to see the Light Rail in action. We ride on a Milan, Peter Witt tram, number 1807
from Castro. The Light Rail cars are all
manufactured by Breda, and we see
them operating along Church Street and Duboca Avenue. Now we board PCC 1052 to ride back to Market
Street, catching up on more Cable Car action.
We make a brief visit in the Cable Car Museum and Powerhouse to see the
wheels turning and moving the cables around the city. We also see a Cable Car making the dramatic
entrance into the Cable Car barn on Jackson Street! Part one of our visit to the San Francisco Muni concludes at the Taylor Street
terminus of the Powell-Mason cable car line.
See you in part two!
|| 102 mins
|| Within UK - £16
|| Rest of world -
|| DVD -R
|| Picture Aspect 16:9