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Ralph Watzke

Can anyone identify this 1930's era transit bus?

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...together with a huge collection of old trucks.

This obviously was a transit bus, as can be seen from the presence of a roller sign. Also I recall it having a center exit door (not visible on this view).

Does anyone have any idea of its history? What make and year? What city transit system was it part of?

This is a very interesting property for old vehicle, especially truck afficionados, as it contains nearly a hundred large and medium trucks, of the kind that are very seldom preserved. It is located on the north side of Yellowhead Highway 16 near Marshall, almost across from the large modern grain elevator facility.

 

 

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Winnipeg colors - cream and orange? Might this have been one of the ten late-thirties Macks that Winnipeg sold to Moose Jaw in the fifties, and were their #1 to #10?

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That looks like it's moved since I saw it last. If you think it's ex Winnipeg, why not post over there? I can only imagine some MTHA guys would know about it. 

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Yup.  It's definitely moved since I last saw it.  rAhCUay.png

I did look it up once and figured out what it was but I have no idea how I managed to do it

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When looking at my image full size, it very much looks like the badge on the front says White. Took this shot on Friday, May 26th.

Edit: While looking at the pic... decided to Google "Fell Auction". Jackpot. 

http://www.fellauctions.com/oliverlisting.html

Coming up June 1 too. The listing includes a 1948 bus. I guess this could be it? Seems older than 1948. I have attached 2 pics from the auction site. 

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I'd agree that it is most likely a White but definitely not 1948, probably more like 1938. Although it bears what looks like Winnipeg colors, I could not find a photo of any bus resembling this on the all-time Winnipeg fleet list published by the University of Manitoba.

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M. Parsons' photo clearly shows "White" on the badge - that is what I had strongly suspected anyway. Do White bus sale lists exist anywhere for this period of circa 1938? Would anyone recognize the paint scheme seeing that it's unlikely to have been Winnipeg? But clearly 1948 was wrong in the auction description, 1938 sounds about right. Wonder what the fate of this bus was, if it got sold, if someone is restoring it?

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