muni_driver.jpgSan Francisco Municipal Railway is celebrating its 100th birthday with eight days of special events that kicked off over the weekend.

The centennial celebration started Sunday when Muni brought out vintage streetcars from the F-Market & Wharves fleet and used them on the J-Church line, the city’s oldest existing streetcar route.

Next Sunday, the agency will put the vintage streetcars into service on its newest rail line, the T-Third. The old-time cars can also be seen on the F line this week.

Vintage Muni buses will be on display at the San Francisco Railway Museum at 77 Steuart St., and a cable car that began operating in 1907 will make a rare appearance on the California Street line on Sunday.

“Muni has an incredibly rich history that we’re eager to share and celebrate with San Francisco,” Ed Reiskin, Muni’s director of transportation, said in a statement.

“We’re inviting the public to ride a variety of vintage vehicles from our collection, representing many of the decades during which Muni has been serving our great city,” Reiskin said.

Docents will be on each of the vintage vehicles while they are in service to answer questions from riders about the vehicles and San Francisco’s transit history, according to Muni.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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