Beaver Bus Lines

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USDOT# MC/MX # Full Legal Name
279189 MC-108222 Fairway Coach Lines Inc.


Beaver Bus Lines is a regional intercity bus company operating in the Province of Manitoba and is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The company offers current model MCI and Prevost coaches for charter and tours to any destination in Canada and the United States.

History

Founded in 1932 by Harry Henteleff, the company first began as the St. Vital Bus Line operating a connector bus service from the end of the Winnipeg Electric Company streetcar line at St. Mary’s Road & Berrydale to the newly constructed St. Boniface Sanitorium and finishing at the Todd Post Office in south St. Vital, Manitoba.

During the 1930s and following a series of early successes with “Safety Freight Lines” in the then newly emerging trucking industry, Henteleff was persuaded by a group of residents from the Town of Stonewall to apply for an operating authority to offer intercity bus service as a replacement for the discontinued interurban rail service. In 1939 the province approved his application for the Winnipeg-Stonewall route, and he quickly amalgamated his two bus routes under the brand of Beaver Bus Lines Limited. Shortly after that he continued the growth of his company by offering bus service from Winnipeg to the towns of St. Adolphe and Niverville.

Expansion came yet again in 1948, marking the company’s largest growth since the previous decade. Henteleff and his company acquired the robust commuter bus route operating between the cities of Winnipeg and Selkirk from the Winnipeg Electric Company. Immediately after this acquisition, the company quickly shed its interest in all other routes in order to focus service on the busy Selkirk corridor.

In 1972, Beaver Bus Lines, including its Winnipeg-Selkirk commuter route, all equipment and its charter service authority, were sold to Winnipeg-based businessman John Fehr Sr. Over time and under the stewardship of the Fehr family, Beaver Bus Lines holdings grew to include other bus properties such as Eagle Bus Lines, Fairway Coach Lines, Webb Bus Lines, Moose Jaw Coach Lines and Moose Mountain Bus Lines.

Today, the company operates under two brands including Beaver Bus Lines in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Moose Mountain Bus Lines in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Beaver Bus Lines discontinued its operation of the commuter service between the cities of Winnipeg and Selkirk as of Friday, July 1, 2016.

Facilities

Garage/Office

  • Address: 339 Archibald St., Winnipeg, MB R2J 0W6
  • Email: info@beaverbus.com
  • Fax: 204-231-2645
  • Phone: 204-989-7007 or 1-800-432-5072

Fleet Roster

Active

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year[1] Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
60 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 60 (2)-a.jpg 2001 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
62 (2) 2001? OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6 Ex-GO Transit 2012.
63 (2) 2000 May OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
64-65 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 65 (2)-a.jpg 2000 May OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
67 (2) 2000 May OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
69 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 69 (2)-a.jpg 2000 May OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
70 (2),
71-72
Beaver Bus Lines 70 (2)-a.jpg 2004 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
73 (2) 2000 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
74 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 74 (2)-a.jpg 2000 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
75 (2) 2000 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
76 2004 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
77 (2) 2004 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
78 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 78 (2)-a.jpg 2004 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison World B500R6
97 Beaver Bus Lines 97-a.jpg 2007 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
98-99 Beaver Bus Lines 99-a.jpg 2008 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
103 2010 MCI J4500 Cummins ISX Allison B500
105 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 105-a.jpg 2006 MCI D4005
108 Beaver Bus Lines 108-b.jpg 2007 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Now painted light orange as shown in image (4 September 2015).
111 Beaver Bus Lines 111-a.jpg 2013 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel DD13
113 Beaver Bus Lines 113-b.jpg 2014 MCI J4500
115 Beaver Bus Lines 115-a.jpg 2016 MCI J4500
  • Registered (plated) to Fairway Coachlines Inc.
117 Beaver Bus Lines 117-a.jpg 2017 MCI J4500
  • Registered (plated) to Fairway Coachlines Inc.
119 Beaver Bus Lines 119-b.jpg 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
120-122 Beaver Bus Lines 122-a.jpg 2018 MCI J4500

Retired

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year[2] Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
5 1939 Dodge Truck chassis.
6-7 1946 Kalamazoo Pony Cruiser
8 1947 Fitzjohn 310 Sold to White Ribbon Bus Lines in 1952.
9-10 1947 Fitzjohn 510 9 to Interlake Bus Lines in 1950.
11 1940 Ford 09B Ford 239 cu. in. V8 3-speed manual Ex-Winnipeg Electric Company.
12-13 1948 Ford-Superior school buses
14-17 1942 Twin Coach 30G Ex-Winnipeg Electric Company 230, 231, 232, and 240.
17 (2) 1946 CC&F IC-41
18-21 1946 CC&F IC-41 Ex-Winnipeg Electric Company 601, 603, 605, 607.
22-23 1947 MCI Courier 100A
24 1947 Western Flyer Standard
25 1948 MCI Courier 100B Ex-Western Canadian Greyhound Lines W547.
26 (1) 1952 Western Flyer Standard To Northern Bus Lines 26.
26 (2) 1952 CC&F ICWD-29 Sold to Abitibi Paper Co.
27 1953 CC&F ICWD-29 To Northern Bus Lines 27.
28-29 Beaver Bus Lines 28-a.jpg 1960 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
30 Beaver Bus Lines 30-a.jpg 1962 GMDD TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
31 Beaver Bus Lines 31-a.jpg 1964-1965 GMDD TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-TTC 3535.
32 Beaver Bus Lines 32-a.jpg 1962 GMC SDM-4501 Detroit Diesel 6V71N 4-speed manual 32 Registered (plated) to Eagle Bus Lines
33 Beaver Bus Lines 33-a.jpg 1963 GMDD SDM-4502 Detroit Diesel 6V71N 4-speed manual Preserved by the Manitoba Transit Heritage Association.
34 Beaver Bus Lines 34-a.jpg 1966 GMDD SDM-4502 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Originally had 4 speed manual transmission.
35 Beaver Bus Lines 35-a.jpg 1968 GMDD TDH-5304 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9
36 1969 GMDD T6H-5306 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 or VS2-6?
37 Beaver Bus Lines 37-a.jpg 1972 GMDD T6H-5306 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 or VS2-6?
38 (1) 1963 MCI MC-3 Detroit Diesel 8V71 4-speed manual Ex Greyhound Canada G178.
38 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 38-a.jpg 1982 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
39 Beaver Bus Lines 39-a.jpg 1985 OBI Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
40 (1) 1975 MCI MC-5B Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4-speed manual Ex Eagle Bus Lines 32 (1st).
40 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 40-a.jpg 1971 GMC T8H-5305A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8 Ex-Golden Gate Transit 603 & ?.
41 (1) 1975 MCI MC-5B Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4-speed manual Ex Eagle Bus Lines 33.
41 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 41-a.jpg 1988 OBI Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison HT-740
42 Beaver Bus Lines 42-a.jpg 1979 OBI Orion I
(01.505)
Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
43 (1) 1979 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
43 (2) 1979 OBI Orion I
(01.503)
Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
44 (1) 1980 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
44 (2) 1971 GMC T8H-5305A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8 Retired and sold sometime in 2007-2008.
45-47 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 45-a.jpg 1981 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison HT-754
45-47 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 45 (2)-b.jpg 1990 MCI TC40-102A Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731
  • Ex-CT Transit 9079, 9106 & 9062; bought in 2006.
  • Scrapped in 2013.
48 Beaver Bus Lines 48-a.jpg 1987 NFI D40 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V731
  • D40 prototype bus
  • Ex-New Flyer Demo.
  • Rear door removed.
  • Retired in 2006.
49 (1) Fariway Coach Lines 49-a.jpg 1984 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison HT-754
  • Registered (plated) to Fairway Coach Lines Inc.
  • To Kindersley Bus Lines.
49 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 49 (2)-a.jpg 1992 MCI TC40-102A Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731
50 (1) 1984 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison HT-754 Registered (plated) to Fairway Coach Lines Inc.
50 (2) Beaver Bus Lines 51 (2)-a.jpg 1990 MCI TC40-102A Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731 Ex-UTA 9050.
51-53 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 52-a.jpg 1985-1987 MCI 102-A3
51-53 (2),
54-58
Beaver Bus Lines 52 (2)-a.jpg 1990 MCI TC40-102A Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731
  • Ex-UTA 9047, 9065, 9048-9049, 9061, 9064, 9063, 9053.
  • 53, 55 & 57 were scrapped in 2014.
59 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 59-a.jpg 1989-1990 MCI 102-C3 Registered (plated) to Webb Lines Inc.
59 (2) 1990 MCI TC40-102A Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731 Ex-UTA 9060.
60 Beaver Bus Lines 60-a.jpg 1990 OBI Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748
61 Beaver Bus Lines 61-a.jpg 1990 MCI TC40-102A Classic Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731 Ex-UTA 9054; bought in 2009.
62 Beaver Bus Lines 62-a.jpg 1994 TMC RTS-08
(T80-208)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison VR731RH
63 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 63-a.jpg 1992 Prevost LeMirage XL To Intermountain Leasing & Bus Charters.
64-65 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 65-a.jpg 1992 Prevost H3-40
66 Beaver Bus Lines 66-a.jpg 1992 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
67 (1) 1993 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA 6-Speed manual transmission
68 Beaver Bus Lines 68-a.jpg 1993 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA 6-Speed manual transmission
69 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 69-a.jpg 1994 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA 6-Speed manual transmission Registered (plated) to Fairway Coach Lines Inc.
70 (1) 1994 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA 6-Speed manual transmission
73 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 73-a.jpg 1992 NFI D40 Detroit Diesel Series 50 ZF 5HP500
77 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 77-a.jpg 1998 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60
74 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 74-a.jpg 1997 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Registered (plated) to Fairway Coachlines Inc.
75 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 75-a.jpg 1997 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel Series 60 6-Speed manual transmission Registered (plated) to Fairway Coachlines Inc.
78 (1) Beaver Bus Lines 78-a.jpg 1994 NFI C40 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Ex-New Flyer C40 prototype (CNG).
  • Converted to diesel; originally had a Detroit Diesel Series 50G engine.
  • Rear door removed.
79-80 1999 MCI 102-DL3
81 Beaver Bus Lines 81-a.jpg 2000 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
  • Seating capacity modified/reduced to 47 passengers
83 Beaver Bus Lines 83-a.jpg 2000 Prevost H3-45
84 Beaver Bus Lines 84-a.jpg 2000 MCI 102-DL3
85 Beaver Bus Lines 85-a.jpg 2001 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel Series 60
87 Beaver Bus Lines 87-a.jpg 2003 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Registered (plated) to Fairway Coachlines Inc.
89 Beaver Bus Lines 89-a.jpg 2004 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
91 Beaver Bus Lines 91-a.jpg 2006 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel Series 60
93 Beaver Bus Lines 93-a.jpg 2003 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
94 Beaver Bus Lines 94-a.jpg 2007 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Transferred from Moose Mountain Bus Lines.
  • Originally in Factory white paint with no logos and only fleet number appears.
  • Now painted as shown in image (October 20, 2010).
  • Registered (plated) to Fairway Coachlines Inc.
95 Beaver Bus Lines 95-b.jpg 2006 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
101 Beaver Bus Lines 101-a.jpg 2007 MCI D4005 Caterpillar C12
105 (1) 2011 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Scrapped in 2015.
107 Beaver Bus Lines 107-a.jpg 2007 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Registered (plated) to Fairway Coachlines Inc.

External Links

References

  • Older unit info from Transit Canada - Beaver Bus Lines
  1. Baker, J.E., “Beaver Bus Lines Limited”. Canadian Coach, volume 5, number 7, pages 7-8. July, 1969.
  2. Baker, J.E., “Beaver Bus Lines Limited”. Canadian Coach, volume 5, number 7, pages 7-8. July, 1969.
  • Dusty Trails to Divided Highways: A History of Intercity Bus Lines in Manitoba by Alex Regiec, Dennis R. Cavanagh and David Anthony Wyatt.