The (City of Brotherly) Love Train
Okay, I’ve only lived in San Francisco for six months, so this is probably old news to most of you, but I felt compelled to Google today after seeing a Philadelphia streetcar trolling down Market this morning. Little did I know that on any given day, I could see streetcars from Cincinnati, New Orleans (the original streetcar named “Desire,” I kid you not), Baltimore and Boston, as well as the far-flung hamlets of Hamburg, Milan, Kobe and Melbourne.
Check out The Market Street Railway‘s fleet online. Apparently, there are a lot of Philadelphia cars, including the 1054 “Cream Cheese,” thusly named for its resemblance to the Kraft-packaged condiment and sadly “severely damaged on November 16, 2003, when it was rear-ended by an LRV on San Jose Avenue during routine brake tests for the PCC.” Rest in peace, 1054. I barely (okay never) knew thee.
It’s hard to choose a favorite. I was going to go with the 351, straight outta Johnstown, PA (about 50 miles from my hometown), but I guess I’ll go with the ever-popular 228 Blackpool model, pictured above. I hear this weekend’s supposed to clear up. Maybe they’ll bust out ol’ 228 for a ride.