Of the four Blackpool Boat Cars now residing in the United States of America probably the most high profile pair are those which can be found in San Francisco. Boat Cars 228 and more recent arrival 233 are just two trams of the historic Market Street Railway streetcar fleet which are used to operate services on the F line and have proved to be popular additions to the fleet. Peter Watts was recently in San Francisco and provides us with these photos updating recent news on the two trams a long way from home.
During Peter’s visit both trams were found at the Cameron Beach Yard Depot. 228 is currently operational and has already been used for some private charters already in 2017 and is planned to operate another charter – subject to weather – on 4th June. Any readers of this website who happen to be in San Francisco on this day can book tickets for this charter by visiting https://www.streetcar.org/product-category/1-store-trolley-tours/ for $40, but please note places are strictly limited. 228 is now carrying new replica destination blinds as created by Peter Watts which includes the special destination Nowhere in Particular.
The news on 233 is not so good as this tram is currently out of service awaiting attention to its wheelsets amongst other things. The wheelsets are quite badly worn and will need attention before the former 605 can be used more often in the USA.
Huge thanks to Peter Watts for the information and photos included in this article.