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San Francisco Municipal Railway 1003

Muni 1003 ouside the museum car house. Muni 1003 ouside the museum car house.


San Francisco Municipal Railway 1003 is a pre-war experimental car built for the San Francisco Municipal Railway. It is a double-ended car with air and electric brakes and hand-operated controllers.


SFMRy 1003 was built by the St Louis car Company in 1939. It is the lone survivor of five cars, all different, that were acquired to test this new type of car in San Francisco. The car could be operated from both ends and it was set up for a two-man crew. When it was delivered new it was painted in the blue and gold paint scheme that celebrated the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island. The car rode very smoothly and gained the nickname of “Magic Carpet”. The city’s two-man ordnance was repealed in 1954 and the car was converted to one-man operation. The hand operated Cineston controller made handling fares difficult as a one-man car and the fact that all operators had to be trained on this limited class of equipment that was used only on rush-hour tripper service caused MUNI to replace the Magic Carpets with four ex-St Louis public Service cars (1167-1170). This car was acquired by the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association in February 1959.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: Muni 1003 at N line Beach loop on a BAERA excursion Dec. 13, 1959. (I. J. Brain photo, BAERA No. 18754)
  • Owners: San Francisco Municipal Railway 1003
  • Technical Data: Prewar air PCC, double ended. Built by, St Louis Car Company in 1939, order number 1619. Seats 50, passengers. Total car weight, 39,200 pounds.
  • Trucks: Brill 97ER-1. Wheels, 25-inch diameter, Super-resilient steel. Axle. Journals. Traction motors, 4-55 horsepower.
  • Air Brake Equipment: Westinghouse Traction Brake. Motorman’s valve, R-9. Brake cylinder. Dead man on foot valve. Air compressor, Westinghouse Traction Brake UH-10.
  • Dimensions: Width, 9’ 0”. Length over buffers, 50’ 5”. Height, 10’ 1”. Truck centers. Truck wheelbase.
  • Propulsion Equipment: General Electric. Master controller, 17KC45A1 Cineston. Control group, 17KG60C1. Traction motors, GE 1198G1. Line breaker, DB-1805-H9.
  • Misc Data: Heaters. Trolley shoe, Ohio Brass J-6. Trolley Base, Ohio Brass Form 11. Electric bell.
  • Current Condition: This car is in excellent condition and is operational.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: At some time this car will require re-upholstery of the seats. Other wise it will be maintained in its current condition.
  • Date Last Modified: Thursday, 14 July 2005


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