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From my personal recollections - here are my additions to Diamond Bus Lines Ltd. Roster

Fleet number range

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Year

Manufacturer

Model

Engine

Transmission

Notes

 

1949

Prevost

PI-41

 

 

The three Prevosts 6, 7, and 14 were the mainstay of the fleet up to 1964 

7

 

1950

Prevost

Suburban

 

 

   Sold in 1966 to Red Deer Transit 502, retired from there c. 1972

14

 

1953

Prevost

Citadin(?) 

 

 

Retired August 15, 1964 

21-22

 

4/1953

Fitzjohn

FTG-36

 

 

·                    Ex-Toronto Transit Commission 1778-1779.

·                    Exx-Hollinger Bus Lines 87-88. Both were retired August 15, 1964

Added also: 

3, 1940's unknown rear-engined bus seen frequently in use as a spare, up until sometime in sixties (but before end of service in 1964)

8 or 9, 1940's GM highway coach, ex-Greyhound, this was still on Diamond's lot in 1966 as evidenced by photograph

17, 1940's Flxible Clipper, believed to be ex-Northland Arrow, used primarily for the peak hour trips to & from Imperial Oil refinery

15, 16, 18, 19, 20 are believed to be old highway coaches (makes unknown) only used for a short duration

There were a total of eleven to sixteen Twin Coaches built 1946 & 1948 bought from Winnipeg in 1962-63, 38-S and 34-S models. Known fleet numbers are 28 to 38 (photographic evidence exists), may also have included 23 to 27. These were mainly used for peak hour service for Jasper Place; one or two buses were assigned for all-day service to Sherwood Park (#28 was known to have been used for Sherwood Park up to c. 1966, after originally being mainly used for Jasper Place). All except one or two used for Sherwood Park were retired on August 15, 1964. Known Winnipeg fleet numbers that were sold to Diamond were the 38-S buses 825 and 829, and the 34-S buses 373, 375, 377, 361, 363 and 365. The last 3 of these are believed to correspond to Diamond numbers 36, 37 and 38, and were bought in 1963 with the rest being bought in 1962. These ex-Winnipeg Twins were Diamond's only buses known to have been equipped with heaters!!

39 and 40 are believed to be old highway coaches of unknown make, purchased specifically for the Sherwood Park run, the last buses ever bought by Diamond.

The Twin Coaches were sold to Jasper Auto Parts of St. Albert (now defunct), and Windsor Auto Parts  of 76 Avenue & 50 Street in Southeast Edmonton, where they remained for over two decades.

FIVE PHOTOS - the first is a rare NEVER BEFORE SHOWN photo from Prevost & Cie. The last photo is ex-Diamond Bus Lines prevost #7 as RDTS # 502.

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A Beverly resident blogged on a neighborhood site:  'Beverly Bus Lines begins service to Edmonton in 1936 with 20 weekday trips. 25 on Saturdays, and 14 on Sundays. Fares were 25 cents for 4 tickets. 1961, Edmonton amalgamated with Beverly and bought all 9 Brills at a cost of $15,000."  Personally I was only aware of two C-36 Brills owned by Beverly Bus Lines Ltd., both purchased used from Calgary. After amalgamation, these white and blue buses continued to be used by ETS to run the routes 26 North and South, for about a year, until replaced by GM Fishbowls on the renumbered B1, B2, and B3. The two Brills were last seen in Windsor Auto Parts, 76 Ave. and 50 St., together with some Diamond Bus Lines Twins that had been bought from Winnipeg. I understand Nick Mazatiuk founded Beverly Bus Lines; he was later to found Diamond Bus Lines.

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None seem to be known, nobody ever bothered to take any! Perhaps photos exist of the 2 ex-Calgary Brills while they were in Calgary? I know that two BBL Brills were sitting for a long time at Windsor Autoparts,  76 Ave. and 50 St. together with a couple of Diamond Bus Twin Coaches. But I think they are long gone1 Diamond did make it to the Edmonton Journal in 1950:

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On 11/9/2018 at 7:54 PM, Ralph Watzke said:

From my personal recollections - here are my additions to Diamond Bus Lines Ltd. Roster

3, 1940's unknown rear-engined bus seen frequently in use as a spare, up until sometime in sixties (but before end of service in 1964)

#3 might have been a TG3608. 

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I do have the builders plate in my collection as I took the liberty to liberate it when I some how got inside the bus. There was also a Fitzjohn with #3 plus a good number of ETS Brill's, Daimler's, an Old Look and a few New Looks. Photos are from 2001.

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