King Coal Tours

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King Coal Tours was a charter motor coach operator based in Kulpmont, Pennsylvania. It was also previously known by the names Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company and King Coal Trailways.[1]. The business is reported closed in January 2016, after the president of the company plead guilty to wire fraud for overbilling clients in November of 2015.[2] [3] Robert Elise and King Koal Tours were directed by court judge to make restitution between $400,000 and $500,000 to the Federal Transit Administration and Lower Anthracite Transportation System, a public transportation provider they were contracted to operate buses for. Mr. Elise passed away March 9, 2016 due to medical complications.[4]

Legal Info

  • USDOT Number: 1699045

Line run service(s)

At approximately 1984, King Coal Trailways operated line run services between Williamsport, PA and Philadelphia. Intermediate stops included: Montoursville, Muncy, Montgomery, Watsontown, Milton, Lewisburg, Northumberland, Sunbury, Shamokin, Kulpmont, Mt Carmel, Centralia, Ashland, Girardville, Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, Hometown, Coaldale, Lansford, Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Allentown, Quakertown, Doylestown, Willow Grove, and Jenkintown.

Most of the services were continued by Susquehanna Trailways, but with less intermediate stops. Presently, Fullington Trailways operates a similar service.

Operating Fleet

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
207 1945 GMC TD-3206 Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[5]
211-214 1946 GMC TD-3206 Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[6]
217, 219 Twin Coach 34-S Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[7]
221, 223 Twin Coach 34-S Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[8]
225, 227 Twin Coach 34-S Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[9]
228, 230 1940 YC TG-2401 Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[10]
230-231 Twin Coach 34-S Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[11]
232 1941 YC TG-2402 Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[12]
295 King Coal Tours 295-a.jpg MCI 102-EL3
350 MCI
375 MCI
407 MCI
Flxible VisiCoach
  • No fleet number given.[13]
  • Ashland-Shamokin Auto Bus Company given as purchaser.[14]

External Links

Official Site

References

  1. Buzzfile, Ashland and Shamokin Auto Bus Company-King Coal Tours
  2. Penn Live, King Coal Tours charter bus president pleads guilty to wire fraud, November 9, 2015
  3. Google search (King Coal Tours), May 10, 2017.
  4. The Daily Item, Charged King Coal Tours president dies, March 10, 2016
  5. Yellow Coach Production List
  6. Yellow Coach Production List
  7. Twin Coach Production List
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  10. Yellow Coach Production List
  11. Twin Coach Production List
  12. Yellow Coach Production List
  13. Flxible Production List
  14. Flxible Clipper Production List