F Market & Wharves Streetcar

The F Market & Wharves Line is one of the light rail transit lines in San Francisco, California. While it is operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (the Muni), the F Line is supported by the non-profit organisation Market Street Railway. Unlike the other Muni Metro lines, the F Line exclusively uses heritage streetcars (built between the 1920s and 1950s) in regular service.

Route map of the current F Market & Wharves Line
The F line was first restored on Market Street in 1995 and was later extended along the Embarcadero to Fishermen’s Wharf in 2000. Most of the fleet are PCC cars from San Francisco’s own Muni, South-eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), and New Jersey Transit (NJT). Each car is painted differently to honour all the transit authorities in North America who have operated the PCC cars. There are also vintage streetcars operating on the F Line which are bought from Europe, Australia, and Japan.

I strongly recommend you to browse through the website and blog of the Market Street Railway for news and detailed information on their fleet of streetcars. Donations can also be made through the website (you may also support the Market Street Railway through other means). When you have a chance, visit the San Francisco Railway Museum and Gift Shop located near the Ferry Building at the south end of ferry plaza, just off of the Embarcadero.


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