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S.F. Municipal Railway trio



3/31/2010 Todd Lappin was kind enough to share some of my photos in his great Market Street Railway Blog! [link]

Market Street Railway is a nonprofit preservation partner of the San Francisco Municipal Railway that oversees San Francisco's vintage streetcar fleet.

From left to right: S.F. Municipal Railway 1135, S.F. Municipal Railway 1169 & S.F. Municipal Railway 1113.

It's not every day you run across a collection of old San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcars rotting away in a field in St. Charles Missouri.

I did a little home work on these, it looks like a local developer, Whittaker Builders purchased these back in 2007 with plans to refurbish them and to use a few as landmarks in their "New Town" development and planned to actually have a few up and running a short 7 mile line through the city of St. Charles. Two years later and they are still sitting here rotting away. The problem seems to be coming up with the estimated $26 million in start up cost it would take to get the line running. Whittaker spent $243,000 buying & transporting the 9 cars from a seller in South Lake Tahoe, California. They were hoping the city could help pay for a portion of the rail developement with federal funds. Alas Whittaker Builders filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy Oct. 15, 2009 so I am sure this project is dead now.

A little history on the cars, they were originally built by the St. Louis Car Company in 1946 and used on the streets of St. Louis until the late 1950's as part of the 1700 series. Amid a gradual phaseout of the area's lines the cars were sold to the San Francisco Municipal Railway in 1957. The 1700 series were re-numbered to the 1100 series and used in S.F. until their retirement in 1982. In 1994 a private group, Tahoe Valley Lines PCC Railway, founded by Gunnar Henrioulle purchased the cars as surplus from SFMR and hoped to create a restored streetcar line in Sacramento or the Lake Tahoe area. He sold 9 of the cars to Whittaker, sold 4 back to SFMR they used as part of the F Market line, and two of them ended up in San Diego.

Built in 1946 by the St. Louis Car Company

length width height : 46' x 9' x 11'2"

weight: 36420#

seats: 55

gauge: 4'8.5"
Image size
3785x2227px 6.04 MB
Shutter Speed
10/2500 second
Focal Length
32 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jan 13, 2010, 10:57:14 AM
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Myronavitch's avatar
I thought these old gems looked familiar.  I could have used them back when I lived in SF.