Chatham Coach Lines

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Chatham Coach Lines or Cha-Co Trails began operations in 1948 and was owned by J.I DeNure. Chatham Coach Lines is now part of Greyhound Canada.

History

July 1948 - J.I DeNure started Chatham Coach Lines supplying bus service to Chatham and purchased 6 new Fitzjohn City buses and 2 x-TTC Twin Coaches.

June 1949 - Acquired Thames View Bus Lines (Licensed school bus carrier with 4 Reo school buses)

1949 - Purchased first charter bus, #490, a 1949 Fitzjohn Duraliner.

1950 - Fleet up to 5 school buses, 3 charter buses and 10 city buses.

1953 - Received running rights to the U.S from the I.C.C

1955 - Acquired Blue Star Coach Lines (Ridgetown) Line runs through Kent County. Blue Star leased buses from Greyhound and they were not acquired during the takeover.

1958 - First four GMC 3102s hit the streets (#580-583).

1965 - Acquired MacDonald Bus Lines (Blenhiem) (13 School buses and garage in Blenhiem).

1969 - Started CareFree Tours and purchased first MCI MC-7 with the company's new paint scheme.

1970 - First 35' GMC transit bus (#148)

1971

1972 - Started Airport service to Windsor and London airports

1973 - Fleet up to 110 School buses

1974 - New downtown terminal on Wellington St. (still in use)

1975 - Started Good Time Travel

1977

  • Fleet grows to 170 buses, 130 were school buses.
  • New garage in Windsor on Walker Rd.

1978 -Acquired United Trails in Windsor (line runs in Essex)

1980

  • Acquired Emery Bus Lines in Big Point (school buses)
  • Started Breg Bus (Distributor for Wayne-Wells Buses)

1981

  • Sold Blenhiem school bus fleet to Ken DeNure (Blenhiem Bus Lines - 29 school buses)
  • Reg DeNure becomes President and General Manager of Chatham Coach Lines

1982 - Won a 5 yr contract to supply transit to Point Pelee National Park

1983

  • Started Chatham Cruise Lines and purchased a Miniature Mississippi Paddle-wheeler called "The Lady Thames"
  • Expanded into Detroit with Chatham Coach Lines Inc.

1986 - Acquired Metro Limo in Windsor.

1987

  • CCL had 175 School Buses, 13 City Buses, 20 Highway Coaches, 7 Limos and 12 Wheelchair Buses.
  • Had offices in Brampton, Windsor, Wallaceburg and the Head Office in Chatham.
  • Acquired Great Lakes Lines in Oakville (Charter Fleet unknown)
  • Moved garage from King St to the Old Libby's Factory on Richmond St.
  • Acquired Charterways Transportation Highway Division
  • Acquired Lewis Bus Lines in St.Thomas

1988

  • Changed Name to Cha-Co-Trails
  • Good Time Travel and Rispen join together.
  • Acquired Lambco Leasing in Sarnia

1992 - Acquired Sherwood Coach Lines and Robin Hood Tours in Goderich.

2000 - Sold to Greyhound Canada (Laidlaw Canada)

Charter

All-time roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
001 Chatham Coach Lines 001-a.jpg 1930 Buick Unknown model.
136 Chatham Coach Lines 136-a.jpg 1968 MCI MC-7
156 (1st) Chatham Coach Lines 156-a.jpg 1970 MCI MC-7
156 (2nd) 2/1973 MCI MC-7 Ex-Deluxe Coach Lines 136.
160-164 1964 Blue Bird
241 1974 MCI MC-5B
256 5/1974 MCI MC-8
261 1974 MCI MC-5B
281 1974 MCI MC-5B
286 3/1975 MCI MC-8
291 1975 MCI MC-5B
341 4/1976 MCI MC-5B
351 1976 MCI MC-5B
356 6/1976 MCI MC-8
361 Renumbered 7278
363 Chatham Coach Lines 363-a.jpg 1976 GMC P8M-4905A Ex-Demo; bought in 1977.
366 1977 MCI MC-8
376 Chatham Coach Lines 376-a.jpg 1977 MCI MC-8
381 1977 MCI MC-5B Ex-Demo; bought in 1978.
386 12/1976 MCI MC-8 Ex-Demo; bought in 1978.
396 7/1976 MCI MC-8 Ex-Demo; bought in 1978.
403-405 1965 GMDD SDH-5302 Ex-Grey Coach Lines 2047-2049.
406 1978 MCI MC-8
460 1946 Fitzjohn Duraliner
461 Chatham Coach Lines 461-a.jpg 1946 Fitzjohn Falcon
471 Chatham Coach Lines 471-a.jpg 1947 Flxible Clipper
490-491 1949 Fitzjohn Duraliner
492 1949 MCI Courier
501 Chatham Coach Lines 501-a.jpg 1950 MCI Courier 85
520-521 1952 Reo Gold Comet School buses.
530 Chatham Coach Lines 530-a.jpg 1953 Flxible StarLiner? First silver-sided coach
531-533 1953 Reo Gold Comet School buses.
550 Chatham Coach Lines 550-a.jpg 1955 Fitzjohn Roadrunner "Roadrunner"
560-562 Chatham Coach Lines 560-562.jpg 1962 Blue Bird Unknown model.
590-597 1967 Blue Bird Unknown model.
R682 Ford Cutaway
767 Chatham Coach Lines 767-a.jpg MCI E4500
1090, 1092 Chatham Coach Lines 1092-a.jpg MCI 102-EL3
4860 Chatham Coach Lines 4860-a.jpg 1960 MCI Courier 90
5162, 5262 Chatham Coach Lines 5162-a.jpg 1962 Prevost Panoramique
5363 Chatham Coach Lines 5363-a.jpg 1963 Blue Bird Unknown model.
5664 Chatham Coach Lines 5664-a.jpg 1964 Prevost "Little Pete"
5965 Chatham Coach Lines 5965-a.jpg 3/1965 MCI MCC-5A
6966 1966 MCI MC-5A
7278 1977 MCI MC-5B Ex 361.
7501 Chatham Coach Lines 7501-a.jpg 1981 Eagle Model 10
7502 June 1980 Eagle Model 10
7503 June 1980 Eagle Model 10
7511-7512 1981 Eagle Model 10
7531 1982 Eagle Model 10
7541-7545 Chatham Coach Lines 7542-a.jpg 1984 Eagle Model 10 Ex-Voyageur.
7551 1985 Eagle Model 10 Ex-Cantrail Coach Lines 605.
7581 1988 Eagle Model 15 Ex-Greyhound Lines 7936.
7701 1970 GMC PD-4905 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 Speed Manual
7702 1971 GMC PD-4905
7703 Chatham Coach Lines 7703-a.jpg 1996 MCI 102-DL3 Caterpillar 3176B
7711 1971 GMC PD-4905 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 Speed Manual
7721 1972 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 Speed Manual
7731 1973 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 Speed Manual
7741 1973 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 Speed Manual
7755 GMC
7800 1990 MCI 102-C3
7801-7802 1970 MCI MC-7 Ex-Saskatchewan Transportation Company 702-703.
7803, 7805, 7807 Chatham Coach Lines 7805-a.jpg 1980 MCI MC-9 Ex-Charterways Transportation 1253-1255.
7807-7808 Chatham Coach Lines 7808-a.jpg 1990 MCI 102-A3
7809 Chatham Coach Lines 7809-a.jpg 1990 MCI 102-C3
7811 (1st) Chatham Coach Lines 7811-b.jpg 1971 MCI MC-7
7811 (2nd) Chatham Coach Lines 7811-a.jpg 1991 MCI 102-C3
7812-7813 1981 MCI MC-9 Ex-Charterways Transportation 1258-1259.
7821 Chatham Coach Lines 7821-a.jpg 1981 MCI MC-9
7822 1982 MCI MC-9
7831 1979 MCI MC-9
7832 1983 MCI MC-9
7842 1984 MCI MC-9
7843 1984 MCI MC-9
7844 Chatham Coach Lines 7844-a.jpg 1984 MCI MC-9
7851 Chatham Coach Lines 7851-a.jpg 1985 MCI 96-A3
7852 1985 MCI 96-A3
7861-7862 (1st) 1986 MCI 102-A3
7861-7862 (2nd) Chatham Coach Lines 7861-a.jpg 1996 MCI 102-D3 To Greyhound Canada 7861-7862.
7863 1986 MCI 102-A3
7864 1985 MCI 102-A3 Ex-Charterways Transportation 1273.
7871 MCI MC-8
7872 Chatham Coach Lines 7872-a.jpg 1985 MCI 96-A3 "Great Lakes Lines"
7881-7883, 7885 Chatham Coach Lines 7882-a.jpg 1988 MCI 102-A3
7889 Chatham Coach Lines 7889-a.jpg 1978 MCI MC-8
  • Ex-?
  • Seating for 19 with bar, comfortable leather couch/chairs, t.v's
7891 (1st) 1968 MCI MC-7
7891 (2nd) 1991 MCI 102-C3
9801-9802 Chatham Coach Lines 9802-a.jpg 2000 MCI 102-EL3 To Greyhound Canada 9801-9802.
9841-9842 Chatham Coach Lines 9841-a.jpg 1994 MCI 102-DL3 To Greyhound Canada 9841-9842.
9851-9852 Voyageur 9852-a.jpg 1995 MCI 102-DL3 To Greyhound Canada 9851-9852.
9871-9873 Chatham Coach Lines 9871-a.jpg 1997 MCI 102-DL3 To Greyhound Canada 9871-9873.

Transit

Chatham Coach Lines operated transit service in Chatham from July 15, 1948 until 2002. From 1977 until 2002 they operated the transit service under the name Chatham Transit.

Fares

1948:

Cash
Adult 10 cents
Children 5 cents

1955:

Cash
Adult 15 cents
Children 5 cents

1965:

Cash
Adult 20 cents
Children/Students 15 cents

Routes

1948:

  • Operating hours: Monday-Saturday, 6:00 am till Midnight
  • Frequency: 20 minutes
Route
number
Route name Route description
1 Richmond Start Fifth-School-Queen-Richmond-Hinde-Dauch Factory-Richmond-Inshes-Lorne-Raleigh-Harvey-Queen-School-Fifth-King
2 King St. East Start King-William-Stanley-Lansdowne-Murray-Princess-Wellington-Duke-Park-Adelaide-Wellington-William-King
3 King St. West Start King-Phyliss-Tecumseh-Roberston-Harvey-West-Cross-Raleigh-Third-King
4 Brock Start King-Fifth-Thames-Victoria-Barthe-Grand-Sandy-Cornhill-Sheldon-McNaughton-St.CLair-Barthe-Victoria-Thames-Fifth-King
5 Delaware Start King-Fifth-Thames-Grand E-Taylor-Forest-Delaware-McNaughton-Forest-Victoria-Thames-Fifth-King
6 Queen Start Fifth-School-Queen-Fairview (now Tweedsmuir)-Lacroix-Patterson-Queen-School-Fifth-King

1959:

Route
number
Route name Route description
1 Stacey
  • Formerly 4 - Brock
  • Start King-Fifth-Thames-Victoria-Barthe-Grand-Sandy-Cornhill-Sheldon-McNaughton-Craven-Coatsworth-Churchill-Grand East-Barthe-Thames-Fifth-King
2 Simonton Start King-Fifth-Center-Park St-Pine-Eugenie-Meadowlea-Tweedsmuire-John-Dolson-Freeland-Pavey-Tissiman-Queen-William-Park-Center-King
3 Sprucedale Start King-Fifth-Thames-Victoria-Gregory Drive-St. Clair-Grand-Barthe-Thames-King
4 Queen Start King-Fifth-Queen-Indian Creek-Lacroix-Patterson-Queen-Fifth-King
5 Delaware Start King-Fifth-Thames-Grand East-#2 to B.A Service center-Taylor-McNaughton-Victoria-Gladstone-Delaware-Forest-Victoria-Thames-Fifth-King
6 Richmond Start King-Fifth-Queen-Richmond-Keil Drive-Warwick-Orchard Heights-McKinnon-Kiel-Richmond-Lacroix-Lorne ave-Raleigh-Richmond-Queen-School-King
7 King St. East Start King-Adelaide-Stanley-Lansdowne-Murray-Princess-King-Duke-Park-Hyslop-Park Ave-St. George-Adelaide-Witherspoon-William-King
8 King St. West Start King-Phyliss-Tecumseh-Roberston-Harvey-Lacroix-Wellington-West-Harvey-Raleigh-Third-King
Peak McGregor School
  • Leaves Garage at 8:10 am
  • Start Princess-Park-Duke-King-Princess-Murray-Lansdown-Stanley-Adelaide-Wellington-William-Park-Queen-Richmond-Oriole Park by 8:25-Laxroix-Cecile-McGregor School.
  • Reverse route for PM trip at 3:10pm.
Peak Tecumseh School
  • Leaves Garage at 8:10 am
  • Start Fifth-Thames-Victoria-Grand East-B.A Gas Station by 8:25-Taylor-McNaughton-Victoria-Gregory Dr-St.Clair-McNaughton-Tecumseh School by 8:40.
  • Reverse route for PM trip at 3:10pm.

1975:

  • Operating hours: Monday-Friday 6:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday evening 6:30-9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Frequency: 30 minutes
Route
number
Route name Route description
1 Richmond Start TP-School-Queen-Wellington-Second-King-Merritt-Riverview-Orchard Heights-Kerr-Keil-Grand-Thames Towers-Grand-Kiel-Riverview-Richmond-Park st-TP
2 Sprucedale Start TP-Wellington-Fifth-Thames-Victoria-Gregory Drive-St. Clair-McNaughton-Sandy-Cornhill-Sheldon-Poplar-St.Clair-Third-King-Fifth-Wellington-TP
3 Stacey Start TP-Wellington-Fifth-Thames-Victoria-Barthe-Grand-Keil-Baldoon-Lark-McNaughton-Juliette-Parry-Northland-McNaughton-Craven-Coatsworth-Churchill-Grand East-Barthe-Victoria-Thames-Fifth-TP
4 Bloomfield Start TP-School-Queen-Richmond-Bloomfield-Oriole Parkway-Bloomfield-Park Ave-Merritt-Tweedsmuir-O'Neil-Park Ave-Queen-William-Wellington-TP
5 Delaware Start TP-Wellington-Fifth-Thames-Grand East-Woodland-Rosedale-Devonshire-Grand-Aberdeen-Vanier-Grand-Elizabeth-McNaughton-St. Clair-Third-King-Fifth-TP
6 Queen Start TP-School-Queen-Mercer-Dolson-Freeland-Allen-Tissiman-Queen-Cecile-Lacroix-Indian Creek-St. Michael-Sylvestre-Vanderpark-Holland-St.Michael-Indian Creek-Lacroix-Richmond-Park St-Center-TP
7 Simonton Start TP-Center-Fifth-King-Adelaide-Stanley-Lansdown-Murray-Princess-Park St-Hyslop-Park Ave-St. Anthony-Park Lane-Mercer-Pine-Park Ave-St. George-Price-Wellington-Harvey-Center-TP
Peak McGregor School
  • Leaves Garage at 8:10 am
  • Start Princess-Park-Duke-King-Princess-Murray-Lansdown-Stanley-Adelaide-Wellington-William-Park-Queen-Richmond-Oriole Park by 8:25-Laxroix-Cecile-McGregor School.
  • Reverse route for PM trip at 3:10pm.
Peak Tecumseh School
  • Leaves Garage at 8:10 am
  • Start Fifth-Thames-Victoria-Grand East-B.A Gas Station by 8:25-Taylor-McNaughton-Victoria-Gregory Dr-St.Clair-McNaughton-Tecumseh School by 8:40.
  • Reverse route for PM trip at 3:10pm.

Route history

1955 - Service hours changed to Monday-Thursday 6:00 am-8:30 pm, Friday-Saturday 6:00 am-9:30pm & Adult fare increased to 15 cents

1956 - Eliminated route 3 King St. West during summer months and service hours changed to Monday-Thursday 6:00 am-6:50pm

1959 - Added two full-time routes and two peak routes and renamed and restructured all other routes to cover more area.

1965 - Fare increased to 20 cents for Adults, Students 15 cents.

1975 - Revamped all routes eliminating 1 route and going to 30 min service. Hours changed to Monday-Friday 6:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday evening 6:30-9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm. Peak routes only operate during school months.

All-time roster

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
148 Chatham Coach Lines 148-a.jpg 1970 GMDD T6H-4521 Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.
158 1971 GMDD T6H-4521 Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.
166-168 Chatham Coach Lines 167-a.jpg 7-8/1971 GMC TDH-3301 Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.
223-224 11/1972 GMC TDH-3302N Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.
245 10/1973 GMC TDH-3302N Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.
278 1975 GMDD T6H-4523N Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.
282 1971 Volkswagen
288 1/1975 GMC T6H-4523A Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.
308-309 1975 GMDD T6H-4523N Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.
362-363 Chatham Coach Lines 362-a.jpg Twin
  • Unknown year and model.
  • Ex-TTC; bought in 1948.
480-485 1948 Fitzjohn Cityliner
500 6/1950 Fitzjohn Cityliner 310
580-583 Chatham Coach Lines 580-583-a.jpg 7/1958 GMC TGH-3102
591-592 5/1959 GMC TGH-3102
5061 11/1961 GMC TGH-3102 Continued to be used on Chatham Transit.

References

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