SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL RAILWAY
FLYER E700 & E800 TROLLEY COACHES 5001-5345
Muni Trolley Coaches
Page created November 17, 2005. Last updated August 29, 2014.|
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Flyers 5001 and 5002 are model E700 coaches with innerds rebuilt from other Muni trolley coaches. They acted as pilot vehicles for testing before the regular fleet arrived. 5002 had dual stream exit doors typical of Canadian properties. Both were scrapped after years of outdoor neglect, but the latter was in service until at least 1995. Flyers 5003-5345 are model E800 built new. The series has been retired and scrapped, but Muni saved 5300 (operated on Muni anniversaries since 2012) and possibly a handful of other E800s.
FLYER 5001:The coach was originally designated number 890 but was soon renumbered 5001. Here we see the unnumbered coach on display outside the Woolworth store at Market, Powell, and Ellis Sts. in two slides (my collection) stamped November 1972. A sign on the structure behind the Muni pickup truck says "Yes 19," which refers to the proposition that would have legalized marijuana but was defeated in that month's elections. Woolworth is now (2014) Gap, Bank of America is now Forever 21, and Moars Restaurant is now Burger King. The first shot shows a route sign of 80 Leavenworth, which was a diesel line that sometimes substituted for Hyde St. cable cars. However, the side sign does say 1/3 California via Jackson combination route (Sundays). The second shot shows a more plausible headsign possibility of 41 Union/S. Van Ness. The destination for both images says Fishermans Wharf Area. Two photos added 09/24/14.
Flyer 5001 is on the 1/3 California via Jackson combination route inbound on Bush St. between Powell and Stockton Sts. (Union Square) in an uncredited slide with process date May 1973. The Bullock & Jones clothier in the background is now (2014) Williams-Sonoma. The card on the side of 5001 says, "This is Muni's New 'Quiet One', more than 200 trolley coaches to come." I believe the "Quiet One" refers to the noisy 8V71 engines and Jacobs brakes of the GMC New Look fleet, which San Franciscans apparently hated. Obviously, a trolley coach is gonna be quieter than a diesel coach. It was originally painted in red and yellow as seen here. One photo added 05/21/14.
Flyer 5001 at Presidio Yard on January 31, 1988 in a slide by Ron Hook. The Landor colors were applied in the mid 1970s. One photo added 11/27/12.
FLYER 5002:Flyer 5002 on Mission St. passing St. Patrick's Church between Fourth and Third Sts. in an uncredited slide with process date September 1983. One photo added 05/21/14.
Flyer 5002 and Marmon 776 at Transbay Terminal on May 24, 1985 in a slide by Jack Garcia. One photo added 02/08/12.
FLYER 5006:Flyer 5006 outbound on 21 Hayes on Market Street in October 1999.
FLYER 5017:Flyer 5017 on 5 Fulton on Market St. on May 23, 2003.
FLYER 5055:Flyer 5055 (which was fairly new) on 5 Fulton and GMC 3335 on 38 Geary at the La Playa loop on September 29, 1976 in a slide by Douglas Grotjahn. B Geary streetcars looped here until bus replacement in December 1956. Playland at the Beach lasted until September 1972. Condominiums were built on this area in the 1980s, and buses went to a new terminal on the northeast corner of La Playa and Cabrillo. Two photos added 05/21/14.
FLYER 5070:Flyer 5070 on 1 California at Sacramento St. and Grant Ave. in March 1997. One photo added 07/25/12.
FLYER 5078:Flyer 5078 at Market and Fremont Sts. in July 2001 advertises bayarea.com.
FLYER 5083:Flyer 5083 on 1 California at Drumm and Market Sts. on May 23, 2003.
FLYER 5108:Flyer 5108 on 21 Hayes leaves Transbay Terminal in January 1997. One photo added 07/25/12.
FLYER 5120:Flyer 5120 on 21 Hayes on Market Street on May 23, 2003.
FLYERS 5121 & 5155:Flyers 5121 (5 Fulton) and 5155 (7 Haight) on Market Street on May 23, 2003.
FLYERS 5123 & 5205:Flyers 5123 (21 Hayes) and 5205 (6 Parnassus) on Market Street on May 23, 2003.
FLYER 5127:Flyer 5127 on 5 Fulton leaves Transbay Terminal in January 1997. One photo added 07/25/12.
FLYER 5154:Flyer 5154 on 21 Hayes on Market St. on May 23, 2003.
FLYER 5208:Flyer 5208 outbound on 6 Parnassus on Market Street in July 1996.
Flyer 5208 on 41 Union outbound at Market and Drumm Sts. on April 12, 2005.
FLYER 5217:Flyer 5217 on 6 Parnassus on Market St. on March 26, 2004.
Flyer 5300 at Washington Square (Union St. and Columbus Ave.) on November 4, 2012. Ten photos added 11/27/12.
FLYER 5312:Flyer 5312 on 6 Parnassus leaves Transbay Terminal on November 22, 2004.
FLYER 5314:Flyer 5314 on 6 Parnassus inbound on February 14, 2004.
FLYER 5328:Flyer 5328 on 41 Union crosses Mission Street on July 11, 1996.