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San Francisco Municipal Railway 1003

Muni 1003 at the museum station platform. Muni 1003 at the museum station platform. Jim Ward Photo


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.


San Francisco Municipal Railway 1003 is the lone survivor of an order of five cars built by the St Louis Car Company for the Muni in 1939. The cars were like the Muni's standard "Iron Monsters" in that they were operable from either end and configured for a two-man crew. However, they were quite different in appearance. They were "streamlined", and quite similar in appearance and operation to a PCC car. Since the SF City Charter prohibited the payment of patent royalties (in this case to the President's Conference Committee, later the Transit Research Corporation), hand controllers were used instead of foot pedals, making them slightly different then the PCC.

When delivered new, it was painted in a blue and gold paint scheme to celebrate the 1939 World's Fair
on Treasure Island. Officially called "C-types", the cars rode so smoothly and quietly compared to the
heavy and noisy "Iron Monsters" that they soon gained the nickname of "Magic Carpets". After the war the cars were repainted to the green and cream wing scheme.

In 1954, the city's two-man ordnance was repealed and the cars were converted to one-man operation. Since the hand-operated controller made handling fares difficult in its one-man configuration, operators had to be specially trained on a limited class of equipment, the Magic Carpets became relegated to rush-hour service. The Muni found replacements in the form of second-hand PCCs from the St Louis Public Service Company in 1957.

Car 1003 was purchased by the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association in February, 1959 and has been restored back to its double-end configuration with the 1939 blue and gold paint scheme.

  • 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: Tuesday, 09 April 2019


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10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Summer Hours (May 27 - September 1)
Thursdays (Interurban Train Rides)
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Fridays (Guided Walking Tours Only)
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Hours may vary at any time due to weather and/or the availability of our volunteers.

Closed Holidays
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day

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5848 State Highway 12
Suisun City, CA 94585

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