The J-Church travels a varied route between
Embarcadero and Balboa
Park. It leaves the Muni Metro subway to the southwest of downtown
along with the N-Judah at Duboce Ave., and then quickly turns off from the
other line, south onto Church St. The most intriguing part, at least to this rider,
is beyond the Castro District, where its moves off its namesake street for
a stretch of private right of way, first along an edge of Mission
Dolores Park and then over twisting and steep grades
through Dolores Heights. The route then regains
street running along Church before curving onto 30th St. for a newer
portion of the line that takes it to San Jose Ave. and out to the terminal.
In this view an inbound
train is about to begin the downgrade at 21st St., on the off-street portion of
the route. Road signs warn against
entry and trespassing.
The train is passing a very
carefully maintained and handsome San Francisco house -- an object that has surely been in
the composition of many photographs of other passing transit lovers. This
home appears on
several more pages in this section.