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San Francisco Flyer trolley 5236 & Portuguese tram
In 1986 Flyer trolleybus 5236 was caught with Lisbon tram car 180, one of the fleet of international trams which get an airing on MUNI's tracks.
 
San Francisco MUNI Portuguese Tram interior
The interior of the Portuguese tram appears largely original. The beautiful dark wood panelling and woven rattan seats gave the tram a nostalgic feel. Sadly, not long after this photo tram 189 ceased to be used. It had been acquired for a series of trolley festivals and when these ceased so did 189. The tram was built in Portugal in 1929 to American Brill designs and will be restored, but the tram has needed a lot of work to make it trackworthy again after its work in the eighties.
 
Blackpool Tram
One of Blackpool's banana boat trams was exported to San Francisco to join the local MUNI fleet of historic tramcars from around the world for the eighties tram festivals. It is seen in 1986 laid up on a reserved section of track.
 
Blackpool Tram
By 2002 the tram tracks had been extended along the San Francisco sea front to Fishermans Wharf. The tourist route between the Wharf and Castro was operated by the fleet of preserved trams, mainly comprising several recent units acquired from ATM Milan and Muni's own old PCC cars repainted in liveries of several American cities. Blackpool's car made the odd guest appearance. It is seen here at the Port of San Francisco.
 
MUNI Melbourne W2 class tram 496
W2 tram, 496, has escaped from Melbourne to the sunny west coast of the USA. It is now in the historic and active tram (or as the Americans would say, streetcar) fleet of San Francisco's MUNI transport system. Car 496 is seen in July 2002 at Fisherman's Wharf in the company of PCC "Streamliner" Streetcar 1060, representing Public Service Coordinated Transport of Newark, New Jersey. The car was new to SF MUNI, though MUNI are acquiring some genuine New Jersey streetcars to supplement their historic fleet. The red wheels earned the cars the nickname "Ruby slippers". Find out more at the excellent Market Street Railway website. MUNI also has Melbourne 586 awaiting restoration, both were acquired after supposed retirement in 1984.
 
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