To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the “summer of love?” Go to a ball game? Go to Fishermans Wharf/Pier 39? Ride the cable cars? Let’s go! Here’s a photo story of rail in San Francisco in the summer of 2007. Photos and comments by RailPAC website Editor Russ Jackson
A rail journey to San Francisco can start at the Emeryville Amtrak station or at the Caltrain station. This is Capitol Corridor train 534, at the EMY station on June 12, having arrived from San Jose.
In this photo taken from the Giants’ AT&T Park on June 27 the Caltrain station can be seen. The ballpark is within walking distance, and accessible by Caltrain, Muni, and/or Amtrak Thruway bus connection from the Capitol Corridor.
A Caltrain “baby bullet” train waits at its departure platform at the Caltrain station. Frequent service from San Jose makes visiting “The City” easy.
The newest Muni line is the T line (or 3rd St. rail) which opened April 7 of this year. It travels from downtown to Visitacion Valley near Daly City, and curves away from the Embarcadero line here. The Caltrain station is just behind the train. (Map courtesy MTC)
This Muni light rail train is at the Brannan station on the Embarcadero, before entering the tunnel which will take it under Market Street. Muni trains are convenient and service is frequent.
Amtrak Thruway buses stop at Fishermans Wharf/Pier 39, coming from the Emeryville train station. From there one can catch an histroic PCC car for a ride back through the city and up Market Street on the surface. Each car is painted in colors of a city that ran these cars. This one is from Minneapolis! A cablecar bus can take you on scenic tours.
Or, you can ride the real thing: the famous San Francisco cable cars. This one is loading passengers at Fishermans Wharf to take them up to the top of Lombard Street and into the downtown area.
Of course no rail visit to the Bay Area is complete without a ride on BART, which carries hundreds of thousands of commuters into and out of San Francisco every day.
If you go to San-Fran-cis-co this year you don’t have to wear flowers in your hair.