Grey Goose Bus Lines

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Grey Goose Bus Lines was a subsidiary of Greyhound Canada operating in the province of Manitoba. Grey Goose operated Thompson Transit in Thompson, Manitoba until October 31, 2018.

History

John Smith of Sperling, Manitoba started a bus line in 1924 that operated between Carman and Winnipeg. The line was later purchased by Wilfred Brown and Joseph "Buster" Brown becoming Brown Brothers Bus Line. The Brown Brothers continued to operate until 1927 when a partnership of Gary M. Lewis and Elmer Clay purchased the company. They expanded service westward, reaching Deloraine and Melita in the 1930s.

Grey Goose Bus Lines Limited was formally incorporated on January 27, 1934. The company continued to expand by acquiring other services throughout the Province of Manitoba. In 1961 the entire operation was sold to Abraham J. Thiessen, owner of Thiessen Bus Lines'.

Grey Goose Bus Lines expansion continued under Thiessen with the purchase in 1962 of Red River Motor Coach Lines, bus manufacturer Western Flyer Coach in 1963, International Transit of Port Arthur, Ontario in 1965, Manitoba Motor Transit in 1969, Southern Bus Lines in 1978 and Sonnichsen Transportation in 1986.

In 1992 Grey Goose Bus Lines became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Laidlaw International, Inc. which integrated its Manitoba/N.W. Ontario operations with Greyhound Canada. In 2007, FirstGroup plc of the United Kingdom, acquired Laidlaw International, Inc.

On July 9, 2018, Greyhound Canada announced that they will be ending service in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and northern Ontario. The cancellation is scheduled to occur on October 31, 2018.

All-Time Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
20 Manitoba Transit Heritage Association 20-a.jpg 1956 Western Flyer T-36-2L International Red Diamond 5-speed manual
21 1959 MCI Courier 96
23 1959 Western Flyer Canuck P-41 2 units; one has unknown fleet number.
26-28 1947 WA&TBW T-32
26 (2) 1974 MCI MC-5B
27 (2) MCI MC-5B Unknown year
33 1950 Western Flyer T-32 2 units; one has unknown fleet number.
36-40 1974 MCI MC-5B
45-48 1961 MCI MC-2
55 1962 Prevost 49-S
56-57 Thiessen Bus Lines 57-a.jpg 1963 Prevost Panoramique Ex-Thiessen Bus Lines 55-57
61 1955 MCI Courier 95D Ex-Saskatchewan Transportation Company 520.
64 1951 MCI Courier 50 Ex-International Transit 40.
66-67 1974 MCI MC-5B Ex 36-37.
73 1961 Western Flyer Canuck P-41R
101-106 Grey Goose Bus Lines 102-a.jpg 1966 Western Flyer Canuck 500
108-114 Grey Goose Bus Lines 114-a.jpg 1967 Western Flyer Canuck 600
112 (2nd) 1979 MCI MC-9
115-118 1968 Western Flyer Canuck 600A
124, 126 1985 Prevost Marathon XL
139-140 1970 MCI MC-7
141-145 1971 MCI MC-7
148 1972 MCI MC-5B
150 1972 MCI MC-7
151 1972 MCI MC-7 Ex MCI prototype/demo
152-153 1973 MCI MC-7
154-155 1973 MCI MC-5B
156 1973 MCI MC-7
157-160 Grey Goose Bus Lines 160-a.jpg 1974 MCI MC-8
161-163 1974 GMC P8M-4905A
164-168 1974 MCI MC-5B To Yellow Coach Lines.
169-174 1974 GMC P8M-4108A
170 (2nd) 1974 MCI MC-8 Ex Brush Hill Tours 7429.
175-177 1975 GMC P8M-4905A
178-181 1976 MCI MC-8
182-187 Grey Goose Bus Lines 185-a.jpg 1976 GMC P8M-4905A
188 1978 MCI MC-8
189-190 1978 GMC P8M-4905A
191 1975 MCI MC-5B Ex-Northern Bus Lines.
192 1979 GMC H8H-649
193 1970 MCI MC-7 Ex Southern Bus Lines.
194 1972 MCI MC-7 Ex Southern Bus Lines.
195 1979 MCI MC-9 Ex Southern Bus Lines.
196 1979 MCI MC-8 Ex Southern Bus Lines.
197-202 1980 MCI MC-9 202 to Diversified Transportation 1065.
197 (2) June 1982 MCI MC-9
203-210 1981 MCI MC-9 207-209 - "Silverliner"
214-215 1984 MCI MC-9
219 MCI A-Series Unknown year and model
220-221 1986 MCI 102-A3
222-225 1987 MCI 102-A3
226-227 1988 MCI 102-A3
229 1989 MCI 102-C3SS
230-233 Grey Goose Bus Lines 233-a.jpg 1990 MCI MC-9 "Special"
236-237 Grey Goose Bus Lines 237-a.jpg 1991 Prevost H3-40 To Greyhound Canada 236-237
238-242 Greyhound Canada 240-a.jpg 1992 Prevost H3-40 To Greyhound Canada 238-242
243 1993 Prevost H3-40 To Greyhound Canada 243
244-246 Grey Goose Bus Lines 244-a.jpg 1994 MCI 102-DL3 To Greyhound Canada 244-246.
248 1995 Prevost H3-45
250-252 Greyhound Canada 250-a.jpg 1996 MCI 102-DL3 To Greyhound Canada 250-252.
253-257, 344-347 1997 MCI 102-DL3 To Greyhound Canada 253-257 & 344-347.
1063-1065, 1069, 1074 Grey Goose Bus Lines 1065-a.jpg 1999 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R

Units with unknown fleet numbers

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1946 WA&TBW 4 units; unknown fleet numbers and model
1951 Western Flyer T-32 1 unit; unknown fleet number.
1960 Western Flyer Canuck P-41 1 unit; unknown fleet number.

See also

References

  • Wikipedia
  • CPTDB
  • Transit Canada
  • Personal notes and sightings
  • Dusty Trails to Divided Highways: A History of Intercity Bus Lines in Manitoba by Alex Regiec, Dennis R. Cavanagh and David Anthony Wyatt.