Member Report - San Francisco Museums

San Francisco

I’m a transportation enthusiast – planes, trains, automobiles and everything in between have always held a fascination for me. I booked a trip through my membership with Wholesale Services of America and checked out some cool museums in San Francisco.

San Francisco Railway Museum

So when I visited San Francisco recently, my very first stop was at the San Francisco Railway Museum .Up until the 1950s, practically every city had its streetcar lines, until the car companies got together and persuaded politicians to start focusing on the car driver instead of public transit. But in San Francisco, of course, you can still ride on streetcars and cable cars and the experience is fantastic. The San Francisco Railway Museum, which is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (excepting during the winter when it’s closed on Mondays) was just one fascinating exhibit after another.
There was only one disappointment – once a month an organization called Market Street Railway offers a trolley tour of San Francisco, featuring a vintage trolley and riding along a historic rail line (or even more than one, depending on the month). I wish I’d done some research on this sooner because I would have adjusted my visit so that I could have taken in the tour.

The San Francisco Cable Car Museum

The San Francisco Railway Museum deals with street cars, so of course I had to visit the Cable Car Museum to immerse myself in the history of these classic “museums in motion.” The very first cable car in San Francisco began running in 1873, and there are three lines still running today (the Powell-Mason, the Powell-Hyde, and California Street Cable Cars).
I didn’t have time to actually ride on one of these cable cars, much as I would have liked to, but I did the next best thing and went to the museum. Among other exhibits are three antique cable cars from the 1870s, including the only surviving car from the very first cable car company running in the city. There’s history for you!
-Mike P.