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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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Beverly Bus Lines - in 1961 they were using two ex-Calgary small Brill gasoline buses, white over light blue, bearing fleet numbers 11 and 12. Prior to that BBL used old highway style buses, I observed one frequently used circa 1959-60 that looked somewhat like an early Flxible Clipper with slanted windows. ETS after the amalgamation of 1962 did use the two ex-Calgary Brills for a time with the 26 Route sign but eventually with route renumbering in 1963 they were replaced by GM New Look Fishbowls and Twin Coaches bearing B1 B2 and B3,rollsigns; both the ex-Winnipeg and the ETS original Twins were used. The ex-Calgary Brills gathered dust for a while in a corner of the old Cromdale garage, then were sent to Windsor Auto Parts at 76 Ave and 50 Street where they sat for many decades together with several of the exDiamond Bus Lines Twin Coaches. All of these buses are long gone. I saw those buses there long ago but never took any photos unfortunately. I did see another ex Calgary Brill similarly painted, it had been Red Deer 501 in disrepair on an Edmonton West End vacant lot.

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The number 3 Diamond Bus pictured might even have been a TG 3206. There does exist a record of two TG 3206 buses being sold new by GM to Bus Universal Supply of Edmonton delivered 10/46. What happened to the second bus? It might also have gone to Diamond 💎 but just did not last as long, or maybe to Beverly Bus Lines Ltd.? I know another third Old Look with the old style square edged windows ran for about a year or so on Western Bus Lines Ltd. service to Sherwood Park in c. 1969-70. It was white over black and the company name was in cursive script on the side. It’s believed to have come from a transit system in Eastern Canada. Eventually that bus bit the dust and was replaced by a conventional yellow school bus with the bottom half painted blue.

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1 hour ago, Ralph Watzke said:

Eventually that bus bit the dust and was replaced by a conventional yellow school bus with the bottom half painted blue.

That would explain this thing. 

 

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Exactly! This was the very same bus I observed in downtown Edmonton back in the day. I believe it was labelled as Western and grey Goose before it became Briggs Brothers

 

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