Peter Witt Trolleys
If you’ve ever been to San Francisco, seen San Francisco, or hell, heard of San Francisco, then you’ve probably heard about the city’s throwback transit system. Along with picturesque spans, the surface-level transportation is easy on the eyes. Not to be outdone, Milan is also home to the same Peter Witt trolleys, a fitting home considering their Italian influence.
Since 1928, Peter Witts have combed the streets, although San Francisco and Milan are the only remaining cities to permanently incorporate them into their transit system. At the highest point, Peter Witts were the transportation of record in 15 American cities, Toronto, Mexico City and three other Italian cities. They’ve been the mainstay in Milan since the beginning.
Always a sucker for trains, trolley and the like, I’m really into these and enjoy the fact that they’re still a legitimate mode of transport. Fitted out with wooden details and original paint jobs, the only real additions these trolleys have seen since their introduction is a new GPS system. Not bad for 84 years of service.
An 1841 Peter Witt Trolley I snapped in Milan earlier this year.
An 1859 Peter Witt trolley spotted in San Francisco last month along with an 1807 (above).