SAN FRANCISCO — The first of 16 Presidents' Conference Committee streetcars rebuilt by the Brookville Equipment Corp. for MUNI will return to service Saturday, March 18, on the city's F-Line.
Streetcar No. 1051, which is painted in MUNI’s 1960s-era green and cream scheme, will be readied for service following a brief ceremony dedicating the car to former San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk on Wednesday.
“We are proud to welcome this streetcar back into Muni service fully restored, rebuilt and ready for action,” says Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “The Harvey Milk streetcar honors the memory of Supervisor Milk. His legacy is well-known and this permanent exhibit honors his life and draws additional attention to his efforts to improve Muni and make San Francisco a better place to live.”
No. 1051 arrived in San Francisco late in 2016 after an extensive rebuild at Brookville Equipment Corp. in Brookville, Pa.,, that included new axles, upgraded wiring and a complete motor rebuild. The entire rebuild project is expected to cost $31.5 million. Rick Laubscher, president of the non-profit Market Street Railway that supports the operation of historic streetcars in the city, tells Trains
News Wire that streetcar No. 1056, painted in tribute to Kansas City’s historic streetcars, will be the next rebuilt PCC to return to service in the coming weeks.
Several of the more than 30 PCCs MUNI operates are painted in tribute to American cities that used streetcars in the past. Of the 16 cars that are currently being rebuilt by Brookville, three will come back in brand new tribute schemes representing St. Louis, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. A fourth car, No. 1059, which is painted for the Boston Elevated Railway, is also returning in a more historically accurate shade of orange.
MUNI operates historic streetcars on its F and E lines that connect the Castro neighborhood with the city’s waterfront.
More information is available online.