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By Don Jewell

The 1985 Historic Trolley Festival made its last runs of the season as planned on Tuesday, October 1 5 . This year no addi tional weekend operations were scheduled after that time, as had been operated during the Christmas season for the past two years. Instead, the historic cars were moved from the Duboce Storage Yard through Twin Peaks Tunnel to their winter storage at Geneva Car House on the two evenings following the end of service. Only an occasional car will run on a charter trip for the next several months. Muni is currently in a budget crisis, and public hearings are being held to consider raising fares or reducing services in 1 986. This financial difficulty has put a cloud over the Trolley Festival operation for next year. As a footnote, to this year's festival, the wye that was planried for the one-man cars at ' 1 7th and Noe Sts. was never in stillied. Although the . rail and switches were ready in mid-July, no reason was given by Muni management as to why the wye was not built.
B Type Car 1 30

While on the subject of the Trolley Festi val, the complete story should be told of how Muni's B Type No. 1 30 came to be saved and became part of Muni's historic streetcar fleet. The story began in Decem ber 1 95 6 when the 130 was assigned to the

N-Judah line. Saturday, December 29, was the last day for streetcar service on the B-Geary .nd C-Geary/California lines. Diesel buses took over these routes as the 38-Geary on the next day. With the end of the B and C lines, the Geary Street Car House was closed, and all remaining street car operations consolidated at the Geneva Car House. Muni 1 30 was in N Line service on that fateful Saturday. All N Line cars were instructed to pull in to Geneva at the end of their runs that evening. On Sunday the N Line began operating full time from Geneva. The following week Muni man agement declared all remaining B Type open cars surplus. (There were originally 1 2 5 Type B cars, of which 93 were still on the property; 1 9 of these had air-operated rear doors for Twin Peaks Tunnel service.) Early in January 1957 Elkton Shop person nel began cutting up the 74 surplus Type B cars at a fast pace. At that time Geneva Car House was temporarily holding five of these cars as spares: cars 1 1 3, 1 25, 1 30, 1 37 and 1 40. In July 1 957 the first ex-St. Louis Public Service PCCs started arriving, and these last five open cars were ordered scrapped. As the first 1 1 00-series PCCs arrived from St. Louis, several Geneva Car House shopmen felt that a heavy "Iron Monster" car was better for towing a disabled PCC, and that one should be kept for the soon-to be all-PCC streetcar fleet. The hand con trols and air brakes plus the weight of an Iron Monster gave much more positive control than was obtained when one light PCC towed another. At that time (summer 1 957) Muni management had no desire to keep such a car for towing purposes, so these shopmen kept moving the last two open cars (Nos. 1 30 and 1 40) around the carhouse to keep them out of sight of the superintendent. Finally, fate caught up with 1 40, and only the 1 30 remained. During the fall of 1 95 7 the shopmen began fixing up the 1 30 for "wrecker" service, giving it red marker lights, air clatter gongs, heavier tow bars and chains, installing PCC voltage batter ies and removing the interior seats to make

w ay for portable jacks and other heavy emergency equipment . As more PCCs ar rived during the winter of 1 957-58 the shopmen began using the 1 30 as much as possible to demonstrate its need and useful ness. In June 1 959 management relented, and assigned the service car No. 0 1 3 1 , the number of Muni's former Market Street Railway derrick car that had previously been scrapped. Through the years since then, until the LRV fleet arrived, the 1 30 (now 0 1 3 1) continued serving faithfully as the wrecker, receiving its yellow service car colors in June 1 963. By 1 98 1 it was again declared surplus. This time the Historic Trolley Festival was beginning to take shape, and once again a small group of Muni personnel stepped in to start the restoration of Muni 1 30. Thanks to these few Muni people in 1 957 and 1 98 1 the 1 30 is available for the enjoyment of a new generation of passengers.

By Ralph Forty

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The second shipment of car shells arrived on September 22 when four trailers arrived with the A units for cars 1 025- 1 028. This amounted to half of the total shipment. Routing of these shipments came via the unusual mode of being unloaded onto barges at New Orleans and towed through the Intercoastal Waterway to Galveston where they were in turn loaded onto the special wide load flatbed trailers for the overland trip. Trucks and assorted electri cal gear were shipped in containers through the Port of Long Beach. Both the San Diego units and those for the new system have been coming together as dual shipments with the same routings except that for Sacramento it is up the San Joaquin Valley by trailer. The first two cars joined together on their trucks were Nos. 1 025- 1 026 during the first week in October. By mid-October cars 1 027 and 1 028 had also been joined. Car 1 027 has been the first to have the new air-conditioning units installed; these are larger than anticipated. The units, built by Sigma, are medium-sized industrial type with a unit installed on each roof section.
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