TBT: Roaring ’20s 33-Stanyan
Does this look familiar to our 33-Stanyan (er, 33-Ashbury/18th) regulars?
Today, it’s the scene of unparalleled Muni operator skill â€” the Market-Clayton switchback is srsly no joke. These same streets back in the day, 1921 to be exact, weren’t easy to navigate for ye olde streetcars, either. But operators came up with a creative solution to a problematicÂ switchback. More on the Market Street switchback at Mono, Caselli, and Clayton fromÂ FoundSF.org:
This sharp turn from Clayton to Market was not negotiable by early streetcars so operators would “switch” the backs of the passenger seats at Market Street, thereby “switching” the streetcar in the reverse direction.
Before, in 1925:
After, in 2010:
Photo: Michael Greene, San Francisco, CA
Thanks to reader Robert Holt for the tip.