While I had
My plan was
to fly down to
I got to
I saw a place where I could have a massage, but there were several people ahead of me and it would be pushing my plane boarding.
I found an outlet and worked on this report. I tried to log into the airport’s Wi-Fi but was unsuccessful. I soon made my way back to the gate. My plane was there. On the first leg of my trip, I would be flying an Airbus A320. I photographed the plane and an Air Transat Airbus A321.
Boarding began a little while later. I had a window seat on the left-hand side of the plane. From my plane, I photographed the Air Transit A321 again.
The plane left a few minutes early. As we taxied out to the runway, I photographed other planes.
As the plane took off, I filmed the takeoff roll. During the flight, I watched the on-board entertainment service for most of the flight.
We were soon at the gate. I got off and photographed the plane.
I had to get to the gate where my connecting flight was leaving from. As it happened, it was a bit of a walk. I headed out and stopped at a food court in the terminal and bought dinner. I took it to my gate. My flight started boarding before I could finish my dinner. I wanted to photograph my plane but I was unable to.
We left on time. By now, it was dark. I filmed the takeoff roll. This plane had no on-board entertainment system. I listened to music and podcasts on my iPod.
As we came into land, we were flying parallel to an Aeromexico plane landing on a parallel runway. I filmed the landing. We taxied off the runway and stopped for a few minutes. We were soon moving again and were at the gate. From my plane, I photographed a Delta Boeing 757.
I soon got
off the plane. I was hoping to photograph it, but I was unable to. I went to
the baggage claim and got my suitcase. I then took the airport’s monorail to
the BART station. I took a BART train to downtown
My room was on the 4th floor and I had to take the stairs. I made it to my room and soon called it a night.
I didn’t get much sleep. I could hear all the sounds from outside clearly. There were also no curtains in the window!
eventually got up after and
got dressed. I walked around and found somewhere for breakfast. I then made my
way to the BART station and caught a BART train into downtown
PCC I saw was #1072. #1072 is an ex
I photographed #1072.
I then looked up Market Street and saw another PCC coming. It looked like it might be #1074! I waited and as it turned out, it was! I was overjoyed that I would FINALLY be able to ride the car! I photographed it.
#1074 was heading towards Fishman’s Wharf. I decided to wait until the car returned to ride it. The museum store where I bought my Muni weekly pass wasn’t open yet. I decided that if 1074 returned before it opened, I would ride it because I had no idea if I would be able to ride the car again.
I then phoned home while waiting. I then decided to photograph various cars in service on the F line.
car to come by was PCC #1079 which is painted for
car was PCC #1053. When I was in
contract Muni signed was for the 13 ex SEPTA cars (minus the accident damaged
1054) and three original
These cars were all at Brookville at the time of my trip. I photographed them all in 2016.
are being rebuilt by Brookville in
Two rebuilt cars haven’t entered service by this morning: #1052 and #1060. I had photographed #1052 in service on my last trip.
Here’s #1052 back in 2016.
#1060 is a
special case. It was the third car to have been returned to
PCC car to come by was #1055. #1055 was at Brookville when I was in
painted in its original
car to pull up was #1050. #1050 is painted for
Here’s #1050 back in 2016.
I filmed #1050 pulling away. The next car to arrive was #1051. #1051 is painted in Muni’s 1960s livery and is dedicated to Harvey Milk; a politician and transit advocate who was gay. #1051 was used in a movie about Harvey Milk prior to it going for rebuilding.
at Brookville when I was last in
car to come by was #1078; another ex
PCC to come was #1073 which is painted for
The next streetcar was Milan Witt #1815. #1815 was the only Milan Witt running that day.
#1074 was next PCC to arrive. I photographed the car before I got on.
#1074 is NOT an original Toronto PCC, I wanted to ride it just because it was
painted for TTC which had the largest fleet of PCCs in
I rode #1074 to Castro and got off and photographed the car.
I waited for #1074 to leave and I photographed and filmed the car leaving.
waited for the next car which was #1072; the
#1072 back to the
I got off
in front of the
I filmed the car pulling away and took one more photo.
I then went inside. The person there remembered me from two years ago. I mentioned how I had tried to ride #1074 without success back then, but it was different now.
I bought a Muni weekly pass and three postcards. I then photographed double ended PCC #1008.
I photographed other PCCs as well.
I saw Muni PCC #1073 was coming. I decided to go for a ride. I photographed the car before I got on.
I rode to Fisherman’s Wharf. I got off and photographed PCCs 1073 and 1050.
PCC #1062 pulled up. #1062 is ex SEPTA and is now painted in
gone through the same fate as former Toronto PCC #4609 in
I took a
couple photos of #1062 including one with a postcard showing #1062 in
Here’s a before and after picture of PCC #1062.
a couple people from the
I then walked a few blocks. I decided to ride a cable car. There was a small line and I had to wait for a couple cars before I was able to get on. I took some photos.
The cable car headed off. I rode to the top of Lombard Street. I got off and photographed the car.
I filmed the car pulling away and then took some photos on Lombard Street.
After, I decided to once again ride a Golden Gate Transit Orion 5. I looked for a stop. Meanwhile at least one Golden Gate Transit Orion 5 passed. I photographed it.
I caught a Muni XD40 and rode down the street to where I picked up the Orion 5 last year. I photographed a double decker bus for tourists as it brushed against a tree.
A Golden Gate Transit Orion 5 soon came. I photographed it before I got on.
I rode the
bus across the
When the Orion 5 I rode in on departed, I filmed the bus pulling away. The reason I came here was to ride the SMART commuter train. The commuter train boards across the street from the terminal. It also uses cars similar to the Union Pearson Express back home. I’ve heard that the Union Pearson Express may have piggybacked their order onto SMART’s order or maybe vice-versa.
I used my Clipper card to pay my fare. Clipper is like Presto back home and works with multiple transit systems in the Bay Area.
A train was in the station. I photographed it before I got on.
I boarded the front car of the two-car train. We soon departed.
One thing about SMART is that unlike many commuter rail operations, they serve food on board. However, I didn’t buy anything while I was on the train.
I rode three stops to Novato San Marin and got off. I photographed the train.
I then filmed the train departing and took one more photo.
trains run on right-of-way owned by the Northwestern pacific. At stations, they
have a gauntlet track to allow wider freight trains to get past. In
The next train back was due in about 20 minutes. I waited around and when it arrived, I photographed it and filmed it pulling in.
I boarded the front car and noticed that this train had three cars. While the Union Pearson Express sometimes run three car trains, the middle car has door to allow passage to the car in front as well as a cab to lead. However, SMART only got cars similar to what always would be at the end of the UP Express. From where I was, I couldn’t access cars behind me.
The train left. Along the way, I photographed a yard with some retired Golden Gate Transit highway coaches and RTS buses as well as a Northwestern Pacific freight train.
arrived back at
I then went
across the street to catch a bus back to
I rode back
After I filmed the bus pulling away, someone said to me that they hoped I wasn’t filming him. I mentioned the bus. He said that if I had filmed him, he would have smashed me! I said, “Are you threatening me?” a couple times before I walked off annoyed.
After that bit of aggravation, I filmed another Golden Gate Transit Orion 5 without incident. I then went into the Metro and boarded a train on the “J” line. I photographed the car before I got on.
I rode the car to the end of the line which is near the car house where the PCCs are now based at. Since my trip last year, Muni has been using the cars near the Balboa Park BART station where the J, K, and M lines serve.
The car I
was on was actually following Muni PCC #1059 back to the car house! #1059 is
I got to
I saw there was a facility with lots of LRVs in it. I walked around but I didn’t see any historic streetcars inside. I noticed an “M” line train pulling into another car house a block away and went to investigate. Sure enough, there were PCCs in the yard including #1074. I took some pictures as I walked around the outside of the car house the best I could without trespassing.
I then boarded an “M” line train and rode back downtown. I got off at Castro and walked to the loop where the “F” line cars are. I photographed #1055 and filmed it pulling away.
I then photographed #1051 which was right behind #1055.
I then boarded #1051 and took some interior shots. This would be the first time I rode a SEPTA PCC after being rebuilt. I rode the car close to downtown and got off. I photographed the car and filmed it pulling away.
I then walked to a Taco Bell for dinner. After dinner I photographed Muni PCC #1071 which is painted in its original Twin Cities livery.
caught PCC #1073 back into
I filmed the car pulling away. I had seen #1062 was behind it and wanted to ride it. I photographed 1062 before I got on.
My ride was only a minute long. I got off and photographed #1062 and filmed it pulling away.
I went into a store and bought some earplugs to help me sleep. I left the store and saw Muni PCC #1060 was in service. I had seen it on a test run earlier, but now the car was in service. I photographed the car and filmed it leaving.
I then got on the BART and rode back to 12th Street. While I was on the train, I saw someone in wheelchair who was vaping even though it was against BART’s rules. I got off and walked back to my hotel. I attempted to login to the Wi-Fi. I couldn’t get it working. I ended up going to the lobby and switching rooms! My new room was only a tiny bit better, but the Wi-Fi worked. I eventually set the alarm on my phone and called it a night.
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