San Francisco Railway Museum is located near the Ferry Building in San Francisco, California. The museum offers historic rail cars, F line and cable car lines, and historical guides to the displayed items. San Francisco is also one of the only places where visitors can find a ride on vintage transit, meaning the cable cars. It is possible to take a ride in motion before visiting the museum to learn about the beginnings of the cable cars and other railway cars. The main focus is on the rail transit history of the city with street car and cable car stories, photos, and machines. There is a full replica of a motorman's platform circa 1911. Kids of all ages can try the controls.
Photos, audio visual exhibits, and other 21st century technology work to bring the 19th and 20th century back to the forefront. As part of the museum there is a gift shop with souvenirs and memorabilia one can bring home with them to remember their exploration of the Rails of San Francisco. Museum hours are 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free for all, making it one of the most affordable attractions in the entire city.