light rail routes are more than
a quarter-century removed from
their surface running through downtown. And PCC units are long
gone from the lines that utilize the subway. But that distinguished
old class of cars, and surface running along Market St., thrive on
the reborn F-Market & Wharves Historic Streetcar Line.
Although there was earlier historic streetcar service on Market in
the F-line (as it is commonly called) as a regular feature dates to 1995.
With later expansion of the route, it travels
from the Castro District through downtown, and then does a series of
jogs to head along The Embarcadero, and eventually onto other
surface streets to the west, through
the Fisherman's Wharf area.
Full runs traverse, leisurely, a distance of nearly six
miles, the longest historic streetcar route in the country.
There are close to thirty
stops -- and it can take up to an hour or so to go from end end to end,
depending on traffic conditions.
The car in this scene is turning off Market onto Steuart St., close
to the Ferry Building. There are also other, and older, kinds
of equipment in use on the line.