TBT: Ever heard of Muni’s 1-Sutter?

muni tbt 1 sutter

Wait, the 1-Sutter? We polled our readers about what they knew of this curious line, as seen in the undated photo via Flickr user Muni Better Late Than Never. Reader Lisa point out that the San Francisco public library has a partial list of Market Street Railroad route names, which includes the 1-Sutter, which had long been changed to the 1-California.

Reader Gary Soup commented about the origins of this curious little car:

The 1 Sutter-California was a motor coach line from July 1949 (when it replaced the #1 Streetcar line) until January 1951, when it was replaced by a trolley coach. In the late 70s the outer portion of the line was combined with the (newly electrified) #55 Sacramento motor coach line of fond memory to form the current #1 California. The #1 never ran on Market Street; the photo is obviously of an excursion or historic motor coach event long after the fact, judging from the presence of the vehicle with the creamsicle livery.

This post originally appeared in Muni Time Capsule. Got a Muni throw-back moment we should know about? Email us and tell us all about it!

One comment

  • Dexter Wong

    Well, that is Muni 062, which formerly ran on the 39 Coit line for decades, and that is the post-war cream and green paint scheme that was popular until the seventies, when a red and yellow paint scheme was adopted. That was followed by the white and orange Landor paint scheme in the eighties, etc. etc. etc.

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