Vancouver Island Coach Lines

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History

  • Established in 1928. Intercity bus operations merged with those of Pacific Stage Lines into Pacific Coach Lines in 1979.

Summary of Operations

  • Intercity service on Vancouver Island until 1979 when VICL intercity routes merged with Pacific Stage Lines to form Pacific Coach Lines(1979)
  • Local transit service between Saanich and Victoria until BC Electric Railway took over franchise
  • Nanaimo transit service 1950-c. 1960 after takeover of BC Electric's operations in city
  • Rural bus service to Saanich Peninsula until 1971, when routes sold to Pacific Commuter
  • Operated cross water service from Victoria and Nanaimo to and from Vancouver via BC Ferries in coach pool arrangement with Pacific Stage Lines until c.1971
  • Airport bus service to Victoria International Airport 1968-1979
  • Held Gray Line of Victoria franchise, operated sightseeing until 1978
  • local and long distance charter services
  • Highway bus tours as Imperial Charter Services

All Time Roster (work in progress)

Highway Buses

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1 1928 Federal
2 1928 Dodge Graham
3-6 1928 Garford
7-9 1928 GMC
10 1927 Yellow Coach
11-12 1928 Fageol
14-17, 19 1928 Yellow Coach
18 1928 Yellow Coach
20-21 1928 Thornycroft
22-23 1929 Yellow Coach
24-25 1929 Thornycroft
26 1926 GMC
28-30 1927 Yellow Coach
31 1929 Fageol
32 1929 Dodge-Graham
33-40 1929 Fageol
101-102 1936 Leyland/Hayes 29 PCD Leyland
103-106 1938 Leyland/Hayes PC36D Leyland
114-115 19?? Kenworth PCF
119-120 1944 Flxible Clipper
29BR-44
121-123 1945 Flxible Clipper
29BR-45
124-126 1945 GMC PDA-3702
127-130 1947 GMC PDA-3703
131-132 1946 CC&F IC-41
  • Renumbered 401-402?
133-134 1947 Hayes-Anderson PCT17
135-138 1947 Flxible Clipper
29BI-47
142-143 1949 GMC PDA-3703
144-155 1951 MCI Courier 85
156-157 1948 Flxible Clipper
29B6-48
  • Ex C & C Taxi airporter buses in 1968
158 1947 Flxible Clipper
29BI-47
  • Ex C & C Taxi airporter bus in 1968
300 1957 MCI Courier RE95
301 1956 MCI Courier RE95
302 1954 MCI Courier RE95
303 1955 MCI Courier RE95
304 1960 MCI Courier RE96
305 1957 MCI Courier RE96
306-309 1959 MCI MC-1 Detroit Diesel 4/71 Spicer 4 speed manual transmission
310 1958 MCI RE-95D Detroit Diesel 4/71 Spicer 4 speed manual transmission
317 1966 Western Flyer P-41-C n/a manual transmission
500-501 1954 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
502 1955 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
503 1956 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
504-506 1957 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
507-508 1959 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
509-510 1960 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
511-512
514
1962 GMC PD-4106 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
515 1958 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
516 1957 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
517 1956 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
518-531 1959 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
601-604 1961 MCI MC-2 Detroit Diesel 4/71 4 speed manual transmission
605-610 1963 MCI MC-4 Detroit Diesel 8V71 Spicer 4 speed manual transmission
611-612 1964 MCI MCC-5 Detroit Diesel 8V71 Spicer 4 speed manual transmission
614-615 1965 MCI MCC-5A Detroit Diesel 8V71 Spicer 4 speed manual transmission
616 1962 MCI MC-3 Detroit Diesel 4/71 Spicer 4 speed manual transmission
  • ex Coachways R454
  • To Port McNeil Stages and Limo 7j
617 1960 MCI MC-2 Detroit Diesel 4/71 Spicer 4 speed manual transmission
701-702 1966 GMC PD-4107 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 speed manual transmission
703-704 1967 GMC PD-4107 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 speed manual transmission
801-804 1965 Bus & Car Silver Eagle Model 01
805-806 1969 MCI MC-7 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 speed manual transmission
807 1972 Prevost CTS47 Champion Detroit Diesel 8V71N manual transmission
808-809 1972 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 speed manual transmission
  • renumbered 4561-4562 upon repaint into town and country livery mid 1970s
  • To Pacific Coach Lines 4561-4562 in 1979
810-811 1973 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 speed manual transmission
  • renumbered 4563-4564 upon repaint into town and country livery
  • To Pacific Coach Lines 4562-4563 in 1979
812
814-817
1974 Prevost PTS47 Prestige Detroit Diesel 8V71N manual transmission
818 Dec. 1974 Prevost PTS47 Prestige Detroit Diesel 8V71N manual transmission
4176 1961 Western Flyer Canuck P-41
4561-4562 1972 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 speed manual transmission
4563-4564 1973 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 speed manual transmission
4565-4579 1974 GMC P8M-4905A Detroit Diesel 8V71N 4 speed manual transmission
6303-6305 1966 GMC SDM-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N 4 speed manual transmission

Transit Buses

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
116-118 1944 GMC TG-3608 GM gas engine 3 sp manual
  • Possibly renumbered 201-203 at some point.
  • Sold to BC Electric in 1950.
139-141 1947 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol Gas engine
201-203 1937 Yellow Coach 728 Gas engine Manual
204-209 1940 Yellow Coach TG-2701 Gas engine Manual
210-221 194? Ford various x9B models Gas engine Manual
  • No details on serials or years for these.
222-232 1947 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol Gas engine
  • sold to BCER in 1950
233-235 1949 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol Gas engine
245? 194?? Twin Coach 38-S Fageol Gas engine
  • Reportedly sold to Nanaimo Transit as 245.
  • Need verification of serial and fleet number for this entry.

Double Decker and Sightseeing Buses

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
405-408 1945 CC&F C-36 Hall-Scott Underfloor Gas 3 Sp. Manual
RT1842
RT1849
RT2021
RT2456
RT3159
RT3877
1952 AEC Regent III AEC Diesel Preselective
Gearbox
28-31 1962 Leyland PD2 Titan Leyland Diesel Automatic
176-179 1960 Leyland PD2 Titan Leyland Diesel Automatic