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    Unofficial Historian for the former Green Bus Lines, Inc., of Jamaica, NY.<br /><br />Expertise limited to pre 1960 GM, Yellow Coach and Mack equipment.

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  1. Boy, this one rolls back the time machine to 'day one' in the archives of bus transportation as we savor a photo of the very first motorized coach to operate in New York City, New York State or possibly the entire country. Seen in 1905 meandering the paths of Manhattan's Central Park in demonstration service for the Fifth Avenue Coach Company (FACCO) is a 24 passenger open topped double decker modeled as a Type 'D' with a chassis built in France by De Dion-Bouton and carrying a body by J.G. Brill and Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is said that the test trials were so successful an
  2. When the President of the United States takes the bus, I have to believe that the fleet number changes to Bus Force One! Seen seated in the famous Rosa Parks bus on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan is our Chief Executive Barack Obama who is probably deep in thoughts surrounding the historic events of 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama that turned an ordinary transit bus into a cherished object. The bus, a 1948 36 passenger GM Coach modeled as a TDH-3610 and carrying fleet #2857, was purchased by conglomerate National City Lines (NCL) and, with its standard NCL 'Fruit Salad' li
  3. Seen in 1957 at the Transit Authority's East New York paint shop in Brooklyn is fleet # 7000 - a 1957 45 passenger GM Coach modeled as a TDH-5106 and one of two hundred and nine likenesses numbered between 7000 and 7208 delivered to New York City in that year. #7000 is dressed in all gold livery which, according to Greller's 'New York City Transit System Bus and Trolley Coach Fleet', was for a Fifth Avenue promotional parade and I will take that as gospel even though I find nothing published to substantiate the claim. However, as coincidence would have it, 1957 was a milestone year in that i
  4. I title this presentation as 'Off to the Races'! Seen in what appears to be the Chinatown section of lower Manhattan and taken in April of 1972 is fleet # 501 followed by # 502 readying for a trip to Yonkers Raceway and operating for the Avenue B and East Broadway Transit Company (AB&EB) of New York. # 501, probably the most photographed ever of the company's buses, and its sibling are 1958 51 passenger Macks modeled as a C-49-DM's and were originally demonstrators that arrived at AB&EB in 1960 (the year is in question - see below) at which time the company added Thermo Equipment Co
  5. 1984, I am unfamiliar with 'Paling' but I assume that with the added word 'refurb' it may be a bus rebuilder such as 'Blitz' is in the U.S. - can you give me more detail? BTW; the location details in your profile description could just as easily be Manhattan, NY or Los Angeles, CA.!! Many regards, Mr. 'L'
  6. Seen at its company facility sometime in 1995 is fleet # 122 - a 1967 45 passenger GM Coach modeled as a TDM-4519 and one of three likenesses numbered from 121 to 123 operating for the Greenfield/Montague Transit Area (GMTA) of Greenfield, Massachusetts. The oddity here is, of course, the very tasteful and professional updating of the lower portion of the front clip including more modern headlamp package and a shock absorbing water filled rubber bumper (it is very much like what GM might have done themselves to jazz up the New Look front end had they continued it in production). Also of note
  7. This presentation may answer at least some questions as to where the special 1939/1940 New York World's Fair Greyhound sightseers wound up after the expo ended. The top photo below is representative of the 100 special such vehicles custom built for the Exposition Greyhound Lines division of the Greyhound Corporation by Yellow Coach in 1939 and were exclusively modeled as 1207's The 1207, powered by a 308 cubic inch Chevrolet gasoline engine located beneath the driver's seat, measured 45 feet in length with a 108 inch width and featured two longitudinal back to back wooden benches that sat 50
  8. This is really a new one on me! The Second World War brought about great hardship for the average motorist when the U.S. Office of Price Administration (OPA) imposed strict rationing of what gasoline supplies it allotted for civilian use thereby forcing John Q. Public to leave his car in the driveway and opt for mass transit. The innovative engineers and mechanics of the Chicago Motor Coach Company, suddenly burdened with throngs of new riders, came up with the idea of the 'standing room only' bus during rush hour operations. It was dubbed a 'stand sit' arrangement in which wooden folding c
  9. This is one Green Line special that even this historian has never seen before! - can you imagine that!? Shown in 1947 at Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn trundling its way back to Rockaway Park via the then Marine Parkway Bridge (now Gil Hodges) on the Q35 line is fleet # 607 - a 1937 37 passenger Mack modeled as a 6-CT-3S operating for Green Bus Lines, Inc., then of Cornell Park, New York. # 607 is all gussied up to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary (1897 to 1947) of Far Rockaway High School with the accent being 'Fifty Years of Progress'. It's unfortunate that the photo is not in
  10. Back in the late twenties, the fledgling Surface Transportation System (NY) Bus Division of the Third Avenue Railway System welcomed demonstrators from what was then a myriad of manufacturers to find the right fit for their growing needs. One such demo arriving for trials in 1926 was a rather unusual 37 passenger dual rear axle gas/electric model 6HC37 manufactured by the Versare Car Company based just North of Albany in Watervliet, New York. Apparently, preliminary trials satisfied the company and 40 likenesses were purchased in increments between 1928 and 1929 numbered 400 to 439 which inc
  11. Annually, I try to come up with an interesting holiday dressed coach to lift our spirits for the coming joyous season. This year's greeting card arrives in the form of a 1952 44 passenger GM Coach Model TDH 4509 and one of five likenesses numbered 355 to 359 delivered to Northern Indiana Transit, Inc., of South Bend, Indiana. Our focus is conservatively attired as compared to the more lavish displays we've seen in the past but still makes its point in bringing cheer to all as it heads to St. Mary's College in the South Bend suburb of Notre Dame. Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Peace on
  12. Here's an unusual and interesting photo taken at the docks in New York in May of 1955 with the focus being on fleet # 527 - a 1955 45 passenger Mack Model C-47-DT and one of fifty likenesses numbered 501 to 550 that will eventually see service with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority of San Juan, Puerto Rico. # 527 is seen on the end of a crane being loaded on to the USS Elizabeth for its brief ocean going voyage. Aside from a second set of under windshield floor vents, this rare view shows us a little of what makes up the underpinnings of a Mack Bus including its pre air suspension heavy leaf s
  13. (see 1 attachment) Sitting at the Company's Corona Yards in 1948 and contemplating its final fate after being retired by the City of New York is fleet #634 - a 1932 36 passenger White Motor Company Model 54A and one of twenty one likenesses numbered 616 to 635 originally purchased in increments between 1931 and 1932 by the defunct North Shore Bus Company of Flushing, New York. Introduced as a parlor car in 1928, the White 54A, powered by a new single block overhead valve gasoline engine with a 519 cubic inch displacement pushing 100 h.p. and featuring all wheel air brakes, gave both Yellow's
  14. (see 2 attachments) While transit buses of yore may not have seemed very comfortable to ride in with their sprung suspensions, some manufacturers more than made up for the deficit by providing 'living room' quality seating as can be seen below in the interior of a 1933 40 passenger Twin Coach Model 40 operating as #233 for Jamaica Buses, Inc. of Baisley Park, New York. Heavily cushioned plush genuine leather seating of what would be of 'Rolls-Royce' caliber today abounds with individually contoured benches amidships which were easily removable to service the underfloor 'twin' engines - certa
  15. (see 1 attachment) Seen in 1912 when new traversing Manhattan's Central Park on its run between upper Riverside Drive and Washington Square via the #5 line is fleet #201 - a 23 passenger De Dion-Bouton demonstrator operating for the Fifth Avenue Coach Company (FACCO) of Manhattan, New York. Specialized chassis for buses were virtually non existent in the U.S. in the earliest part of the twentieth century so FACCO, one of the first (if not the first company) to motorize looked across the seas to already established manufacturers and found both Daimler of England and De Dion-Bouton of France a
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