DeCamp Bus Lines

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USDOT number MC/MX # Full legal name
86607 MC-109312 DeCamp Bus Lines

DeCamp Bus Lines is a family owned transportation company located in northern, New Jersey. They operate charter service and commuter service between northern New Jersey and Manhattan in New York City.[1]

History

In 1870, Major Jonathan W. DeCamp started a stagecoach line between Roseland to Newark via the Newark-Mount Pleasant Turnpike (known today as Mt. Pleasant Avenue).[2] Major Jonathan's son, Benjamin, known locally as "Cap", joined his father in 1878 and began a stagecoach route between the General Store and Post Office in Livingston and the Post Office in Orange.[2]

Benjamin's son, Robert, took over the stage line in 1905 after Benjamin's death and started a new route to Caldwell. In 1909, he acquired the company's first motor bus.[2] Proving cumbersome and unreliable, the bus was used as a supplement to the stagecoach.[2] Robert's brother, Ralph, gave up his practice in dentistry and took over the transportation company in 1917.[2] As technology improved Ralph saw the opportunity to purchase new buses which replaced the horse-drawn stagecoaches. By 1923 he had a fleet of eight buses and began offering service between Morristown and Newark. In 1928 service between Orange and New York City began with service between Upper Montclair and New York soon offered.[2]

Ralph established a new central garage in Livingston. It was built in South Livingston Avenue next to the Central School. As the company grew, a new garage was built at 49 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue in 1926.[2] The following year, Ralph's son Robert joined his father and Stuart, Ralph's other son, joined the next year. When Ralph died his two sons along with their mother, Edith, took over the company.[2]

The 1980's saw restructuring and modernizing of the company. Some routes were either sold or dropped and charter service also began to be promoted.[2] Robert DeCamp, Sr., retired in 1991 and passed control of the company to his daughter, Suzanne, and son, Robert, Jr. In November of 1997, Suzanne moved on to other pursuits and Robert, Jr. bought out his sister’s holdings.

Facilities

Garage/Office

  • Address: 101 Greenwood Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042
  • Fax: 973-746-6648
  • Phone: 973-783-7500 or 1-800-631-1281

All-Time Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
116-118 2/47 GMC TDH-4507 Detroit Diesel 6-71 [3]
122-123 8/40 Yellow Coach TD-4503 Manual
  • Suburban config.
  • Custom built for DeCamp.
  • [4]
124-133 8/44 GMC TG-4006 [5]
134-135 2/47 GMC TDH-4507 Detroit Diesel 6-71 [3]
150-155 1941 Yellow Coach TD-2705 [6]
156-170 8/45 GMC TG-3206 [7]
171-177 1947 ACF C-44
178-187 6/49 GMC TDH-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71
  • Suburban config.
  • [8]
188-193 4-5/50 GMC TDH-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 [8]
194-203 1950 ACF C-44 Hydraulic Unknown year.
204-213 5/51 GMC TDH-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 [8]
214-218 4/52 GMC TDH-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 [8]
219-223 1947 White 798-10 Ex Garden State Lines 501-505.
224-235 1948 ACF C-44 Ex-Garden State Lines 605-616
236-240 7/53 GMC TDH-5108 Detroit Diesel 6-71 [9]
241-242, 245-249 1946-1947 White 798-10 Ex Hudson Bus Transportation 53-54, 48, 68, 67, 49, 51.
243-244 1954 GMC PD-4104
250-252 4-5/55 GMC TDM-5108 [10]
253-254 1949 GMC TDH-4509 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Ex The Green Flyer 110, 109.[8]
255-256 1956 GMC PD-4104
257-261 1957 GMC PD-4104
262-269 4/57 GMC TDM-5108 Detroit Diesel 6-71 [10]
270-272 1953 GMC TDM-5108 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Ex The Green Flyer 119-121.[10]
273 ACF C-44
  • Unknown year.
  • Ex-Garden State Lines/A & W Bus Co. B148
  • Exx-demo
274 1948 ACF C-44 Ex-Garden State Lines 627/Sivad Transportation Co. B159
275-282 1958 GMC PD-4104
283 9/58 GMC TDM-5108 Demo; air conditioned.[10]
284-287 1959 GMC PD-4104
288-289 1960 GMC PD-4104
290-299 4/60 GMC SDM-5301 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Manual [11]
300-309 4/61 GMC SDM-5301 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Manual [11]
310-321 3/63 GMC SDM-5302 [12]
322-325 2/64 GMC SDM-5302 [12]
326-329 4/64 GMC SDM-5302 327-329 to New York Bus Service 1424-1426 in 1978.
330-334 3/65 GMC TDM-5304 [13]
335-343 1965 GMC SDM-5302 [12]
344-359 1966 GMC SDM-5302 [12]
360-371 1967 GMC SDM-5302 [12]
373-383 1968 GMC PD-4903 [14]
384-395 1969 GMC PD-4903 [14]
396-402 1970 GMC PD-4905
  • [14]
  • First 7 PD-4905's built.
403-407 1970 GMC S8M-5303A [15]
408-419 1972 GMC S8M-5304A Detroit Diesel 8V71N [16]
420-431 1973 GMC S8M-5304A Detroit Diesel 8V71N [16]
434-443 1974 GMC S8M-5304A Detroit Diesel 8V71N [16]
446-450 1975 GMC S8M-5304A Detroit Diesel 8V71N [16]
451-454 (1st) 1976 MCI MC-8 451-452 to Kevah Konner Inc. B18c-B19c.
452-453 (2nd) 1981 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
454 (2nd) 7/82 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
455 6/83 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
456-457 6/82 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Ex Conover Bros. Bus Service Inc. 821-822.
458-459 12/83 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
460-461 4/84 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
462-466 9/84 TMC MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
467-470 3/85 MCI 96-A3 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
471-476 6/87 MCI 96-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Ex West Hunterdon Transit 471-476.
  • 471 to New Jersey Transit PA5450 to replace burnt bus PA5323.
  • 473-476 to Trans-Bridge Lines 228-231.
477-478 11/87 MCI 96-A3 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
479-484 1988 TMC 96-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
485-494 1989 TMC 96-A3 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
495-498 1990 TMC 96-A3
499-502 5/96 MCI 102-D3 Detroit Diesel Series 60
503-507 5/96 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60
509 1999 Prevost LeMirage XL-45
511 Prevost LeMirage XL-45
514-520 2001 Van Hool C2045L Detroit Diesel Series 60
M101, ? ABC M1235 Mercedes-Benz MBE-900 Diesel
  • 2 units
  • Freightliner chassis, Glaval body
524-539 2008 MCI D4505 CAT C13 Allison B500 [17]
540-543 2010 MCI D4505 Cummins ISM
544-547 2019 MCI J4500 Detroit Diesel DD13 Allison B500
548-549 2020 MCI J3500 Cummins L9 Allison B500
  • Two units
  • MCI Unit Numbers 21041 and 21042
  • Delivered December 2019
3186-3200 1989 Flxible 40096-6T Detroit Diesel 6V92TA DDEC Owned by New Jersey Transit.
PA5313-PA5340 1987 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Owned by New Jersey Transit.
PA6710-PA6720 1983 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Owned by New Jersey Transit.
6861-6862 1977 MCI MC-8 Owned by New Jersey Transit.
7714 1976 Flxible 53096-8-1 Owned by State of New Jersey.[18]
7770-7772 1976 Flxible 53096-8-1 Owned by State of New Jersey.[18]
8401-8435 2001 MCI D4000 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500 Owned by New Jersey Transit.
8436-8450 2003 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500 Owned by New Jersey Transit.
17071-17120 2017 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX Allison B500 Owned by New Jersey Transit.

References

  1. DeCamp Commuter Service, decamp.com, retrieved on 2009-09-19
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 DeCamp History, decamp.com, retrieved on 2009-09-19
  3. 3.0 3.1 GM TDHM4507 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  4. GM TDM4503 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  5. GM TG4006 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  6. Yellow TD2705 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  7. GM TD3206 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 GM TDH4509 production roster at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  9. GM TDH5108 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 GM TDM5108 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  11. 11.0 11.1 GM SDM5301 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 GM SDM5302 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  13. GM TDM5304 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 PD-4900 production records at utahrails.net, retrieved on 2017-10-02
  15. GM SDM5303A production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 GM S8M5304A production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22
  17. Bus & Motorcoach News - DeCamp Bus makes history by buying clean-air coaches, decamp.com, retrieved on 2009-09-19
  18. 18.0 18.1 Flxible 53096 production list at omot.org, retrieved on 2009-09-22

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