San Francisco’s Beloved Open-Air Boat Tram Will Return This Week From October 7-11

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

San Francisco’s Beloved Open-Air Boat Tram Will Return This Week From October 7-11

This iconic 1934 streetcar will be back in business for Fleet Week!

San Francisco might be best known for its cable cars, but anyone who’s never taken a ride on the famous boat tram is really missing out! The pale yellow, open-air tram is Muni’s most popular streetcar, servicing the waterfront between Fisherman’s Wharf and the SF Railway Museum. It will return from October 7-11 from around 10am-5pm each day. San Francisco Fleet Week will host the Blue Angels there from October 8-10!

Youth Transportation Board Advisory Member Alexander announced on Twitter that the boat tram would be back in business starting this Thursday, October 7, as well as on “some Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays” in the future. You can keep an eye on all streetcars in operation using this live streetcar map. 

Muni owns 2 boat trams for the F Line, both of which hail from Blackpool, England. Trams #228 and #233 =were built in 1934 and operated in Blackpool for decades before eventually arriving in San Francisco in 1984 and 2013, respectively. Only 10 other trams were manufactured, 3 of which still operate in Blackpool on special tours.

Our boat trams in San Francisco are highly popular, which is saying a lot considering how many lovely vintage streetcars continue to service the city. It might help that SFMTA has started an extremely wholesome Twitter account, @BoatTramSF, which posts ridiculously cute tweets from the tram!

Hoping to set sail on the boat tram? Keep an eye out for it along the waterfront at the Embarcadero. It’ll be in operation from Thursday, October 7 until Monday, October 11 from 10am-5pm, with more dates to come.


Featured image: Courtesy of Jeremy Whiteman from @talesoftherails

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