Autobus Deshaies

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History

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  • Alphonse Deshaies started operating a bus in 1920.
  • In May 1953, the company was incorporated as Autobus Deshaies Ltée.
  • Acquired the bus operation of Entreprises Féro Ltée on September 23, 1970.
  • Ended school bus operations in 1971.
  • Bought Autobus de la Rive-Sud in January 1975.
  • Bought the permit for Quebec to Montreal via route 132 from Métropolitain Sud in 1975.
  • Lévis to St-Pamphile route was sold to Autobus Centre-Sud in 1977.
  • Purchased by Autobus Urbain & Chartrand on September 21, 1979.
  • In May 1997, Deshaies was renamed Autocar Préférence.

Fleet Roster

In 1962, letter abbreviations began to be used:

  • A - Highway
  • B - Suburban
  • C - City
  • D - ?
  • E - School
Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1 1920 Ford Custom built body by Deshaies.
2 1920 Ford Model T Ford Custom built body by Deshaies.
3 1922 Custom built body by Deshaies.
5 1925 International Custom built body by Deshaies.
6 1926 Colt Custom built body by Deshaies.
C-008, C-009 1950 Chevrolet/Prevost Ex #5008 & #5009.
A-143 1960 MCI MC-2 Ex-Abitibi Provincial 3359; bought in 1970.
B-210 1952 Western Flyer T-36 Ex #5210.
B-238 1952 Prevost PI-33
B-239 1951 Prevost PI-33
B-311 1953 Western Flyer T-36 Ex #5311.
A-345, A-346 1973 Prevost TS-47
354 1985 MCI 102-A3
A-450, A-451 1974 Prevost Champion
501 renumbered 4022
502 1984 Prevost LeMirage XL
B-512 1955 Western Flyer MD-28
  • Ex #5512.
  • 1954 model.
B-541 1955 MCI Courier 96 Ex-Abitibi Provincial 3055; bought in 1969.
A-552, A-553 1975 Prevost Champion
A-557 1975 GMC P8M-4905A Ex-Carleton Bus Lines 65; bought in 1978.
A-643 1966 GMC PD-4107
B-643 1956 GMC TDM-4515
A-644 1966 GMC PD-4107
A-654, A-655, A-656 1976 Prevost Champion
A-732 1967 Prevost I-47
A-733 1967 Prevost T-47
B-742 1957 MCI Courier 96 Ex-Abitibi Provincial 3159; bought in 1969.
A-745 1967 GMC PD-4107
A-758 1977 GMC P8M-4905A
B-802 1948 Western Flyer T-32 Ex #4802.
A-814 1958 Western Flyer Canuck P-41 Ex #5814.
A-821 1958 Prevost LeNormand Ex-Autobus A. Drolet 61; bought in 1963.
A-834 1968 Prevost TS-47
A-840 1958 MCI Courier 96 Ex-Abitibi Provincial 3161; bought in 1969.
A-844 7/1968 Prevost T-49
A-859, A-860 1978 GMC P8M-4905A
A-861 to A-867 1978 Prevost LeMirage
A-936 5/1959 MCI Courier RE96 Ex-Abitibi Provincial 3162; bought in 1969.
A-937 1959 Prevost LeNormand
B-940 1958 GMC TDM-5108
B-941 1957 GMC TDM-5108
B-942 1959 GMC TDM-4515
B-948, B-949 1959 GMC TDM-4515
A-981 to A-986 1979 Prevost LeMirage A-986 renumbered to 4007 in 1984.
C-996, C-997 9/1949 Chevrolet/Prevost Ex #4996 & #4997.
2004 1972 GMC S8H-5304A Ex-Gray Coach Lines 1400 (2nd).
3906 1939 Oldsmobile
4005 1975 Prevost Champion
4007 1979 Prevost LeMirage Ex #A-986.
4012 1980 Prevost LeMirage
4022 1984 Prevost LeMirage XL Ex #501.
4024-4029 1985 Prevost LeMirage XL
4037 1976 Prevost Champion
4038-4039 1985 MCI 96-A3
4048 1980 Prevost LeMirage Ex-Autobus Fortin & Poulin 4048 (1st); bought in 1980.
4053 Prevost LeMirage
4076 1980 Prevost Champion
4087 MCI MC-9
4100 1993 Prevost H3-40
4101 1994 Prevost H3-40
4102 (1st) 1993 Prevost LeMirage XL
4102 (2nd), 4103 1994 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel Series 60
4104-4107, 4111 1995 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel Series 60
4112 1995 Prevost H3-41
4116 1989 Prevost LeMirage XL Ex Select Coach Charters 8901.
4120 1995 Prevost LeMirage XL-45
4122-4126 1996 Prevost H3-45
4128 1992 Prevost H3-40
4131 1986 Prevost LeMirage XL Ex-Autobus Inter-Cité 311.
4154 1996 Prevost H3-45
4157 1992 Prevost LeMirage XL
4177-4179 1997 Prevost H3-41
4188 1988 MCI 102-A3 Ex-Autobus Gaudreault 8802.
4192 1996 Prevost H3-45
4207 1942 Reo Ex-Autobus Yamachiche-Trois-Rivières #?
4583 Ex-Autobus Yamachiche-Sorel #?; bought in August 1945.
4585 8/1945 GMC/Prevost PI-33
4694 1946 Reo 96-HT Ex-?; bought in September 1946.
4761 6/1947 Western Flyer T-32
4802 renumbered B-802 in 1962
4803 1948 Western Flyer T-32 Ex-4862.
4862 renumbered 4803 in 1948
4996 renumbered C-996 in 1962
4997 renumbered C-997 in 1962
5008 renumbered C-008 in 1962
5009 renumbered C-009 in 1962
5201 1996 Prevost H3-45
5210 (1st) renumbered B-210 in 1962
5210 (2nd) 1997 Prevost H3-41
5311 renumbered B-311 in 1962
5512 renumbered B-512 in 1962
5713 renumbered E-713 in 1962
5814 renumbered A-814 in 1962
8017 1977 GMC P8M-4905A Ex-Autobus Fortin & Poulin 4043; bought in 1980.
8092 1980 Prevost LeMirage
8300-8301 MCI MC-9
8908 1988 Prevost LeMirage XL
9001, 9005-9009, 9038 1997 Prevost H3-41

School Buses

Fleet number Thumbnail Year Body Chassis / Model Type Capacity / Length Serial License plate Notes
E-217 1962 Chevrolet 66 pass. Sold to Autobus Plessis in 1968.
E-218 1962 GMC 66 pass. Sold to Autobus Hamel #? in 1968.
E-219 1962 Chevrolet 66 pass. Sold to Transport Fontaine #? in 1968.
E-220 1962 GMC 60 pass. To ? in 1968.
E-231 1962 Volkswagen Microbus 16 pass.
  • Ex-?; bought in 1966.
  • To scrap in 1970.
E-422 1964 GMC 72 pass. Sold to Autobus R. Poliquin #? in 1971.
E-423 1964 GMC 72 pass. Sold to Autobus Scolaires Lévis #? in 1968.
E-424 1964 GMC 72 pass. Sold to Autobus Scolaires Lévis #? in 1968.
E-425 1964 Carpenter International 72 pass. Sold to Autobus R. Poliquin #? in 1971.
E-426 1964 Carpenter International 72 pass. Sold to Autobus R. Poliquin #? in 1971.
E-427 1964 Carpenter International 72 pass. Sold to Autobus R. Poliquin #? in 1971.
E-428 1964 Carpenter International 72 pass. Sold to Autobus R. Poliquin #? in 1971.
E-629 1966 Carpenter International 72 pass. Sold to Autobus R. Poliquin #? in 1971.
E-630 1966 Carpenter International 72 pass. Sold to Autobus R. Poliquin #? in 1971.
E-713 1957
  • Ex #5713.
  • To ? in 1968.
E-715, E-716 1947 Aerocoach P-37 37 pass. 1771-1772
E-935 1969 Blue Bird International 72 pass. To Autobus R. Poliquin #? in 1971.

References