Postcard Portfolio: San Francisco Railway Museum

A popular topic of discussion among EMPs is out of town museum experiences. Museum professionals seem to enjoy visiting museums in other parts of the world and dissecting their experience. It seemed logical that, as we traverse the globe, we share our museum experiences with you. Each addition to our Postcard Portfolio will provide a brief snapshot of our exhibit as we see the world one museum at a time.

pcportfolioThe Museum: San Francisco Railway Museum in San Francisco, CA

The Visit: Friday, June 20, 2014

The Best Thing: Perfectly situated next to a busy trolley and bus stop

The Worst Thing: The museum is small and could do a lot more with a greater amount of space

Why You Should Go: To learn about the great history of public transportation in San Francisco


  • Very knowledgable staff
  • A fantastic gift shop full of great transit trinkets
  • Walk-in trolley front for kids big and small to try their hand at driving
  • A collection that covers transit in other cities around the world

It was somewhat amusing to spot the Septa token amidst this group of tokens from other transit agencies that have long since abandoned this antiquated fare system


The F trolley line runs along Market Street and is comprised of several historic cars from around the world, including three from Philadelphia. This Boston car is making the turnaround just outside of the museum’s front door.

This scale model of an older trolley car accompanies a timeline of transit history in San Francisco. Just in front of this case was a placard commemorating Maya Angelou’s service as a streetcar operator in her early days.


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