Here's why I never head out to lunch without my camera:
The San Francisco Municipal Railway (aka "Muni") operates a historic fleet of restored streetcars along the F Line, which runs from the Castro District, down Market Street, along the Embarcadero, to Fisherman's Wharf.
The cars are restored by Muni employees and volunteers, and supported by a nonprofit foundation. The fleet consists of three basic types: one-off historic cars drawn from around the world; a dozen or so Peter Witt cars from the 1920s that were acquired from Milan, Italy; and 17 streamlined PCC (Presidents’ Conference Committee) cars that were first introduced during the 1940s.
Every one tells a story.
The car above, for example, streetcar 1060, is called the "Philadelphia Cream Cheese." According to the streetcar.org website:
Car No. 1060, which Muni acquired from Philadelphia, models the original PTC livery of silver with cream window area and electric blue striping. The similarity to the packaging of Kraft’s famous Philadelphia Cream Cheese did not go unnoticed, hence the car’s nickname, "Cream Cheese."
Watching these old streetcars pass by is always a time-warp. They're colorful, elegant, functional, and (no surprise here) very popular, which is why they're a terrific addition to the fabric of the city.
Lots more pictures, here:
"Vintage Streetcars of San Francisco" photo gallery by Telstar Logistics