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Gravitation Versus Transportation
San Francisco Municipal Railway
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
SFMTA Photo Archive
California Revealed from SFMTA Photo Archive
Rights Information
Public domain. No restrictions on use.
16 mm film created by the San Francisco Municipal Railway in July of 1956 showing the Muni system including buses, cable cars, streetcars, and facilities, as well as views around San Francisco. Many cityscapes and landmarks shown such as Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay Bridges, Mission Dolores, Lombard Street, Twin Peaks, Seals Stadium, Ferry Building and Market Street. Overhead views of traffic on Market from buildings along street. Film likely originally had accompanying sound but no known soundtrack exists. This version is silent. Theme of film might be the challenges of operating and maintaining a public transit system in a city with steep hills, with particular attention to maintaining motor buses. Shows cable cars going over hills and at the Powell Market Street turntable (02:39), motorized cable car 62 (04:19), streetcars on K Ingleside and L Taraval Lines at West Portal and Forest Hill/Laguna Honda Stations (05:29), trolley buses on the 33 Ashbury, 41 Union and 22 Fillmore (07:44), motor buses on the 11 Hoffman, 55 Sacramento and 30 Express (10:59), Ocean Bus Yard at Balboa Park (12:58), buses on the 39 Coit, 27 Noe, 24 Divisadero and 42 Evans (14:33), operator training procedures (18:23). Most of last ten minutes of film is work in the Muni 24th and Utah shop showing procedures of rebuilding an engine from a White brand motor coach. Machining, repairing, testing, and installing all shown with associated shop equipment and personnel. Muni facilities shown also include Potrero Division and Washington Mason Cable Car Division.
moving image
16mm film
Nonfiction films
1 Reel of 1
SFMTA Photo Archive
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