Curbside Classic Archive: Buses


Bus/Transit History

The Arc Of Eugene’s Transit System Over 120 Years: From Mule-Drawn Trolleys To VW Buses To 60′ Bus Rapid Transit Hybrids   Paul N

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Fuel Cell-Electric, and Battery-Electric Coaches: Future Mass Transit Trends   Jim Brophy

Skiway: Mt. Hood’s Fabulous Flying Buses   Paul N

The Rolling Coffins of Honduras   Gerardo Solis

Vintage Electric Trolleybuses Of Chile And Innsbruck   Paul N

 

 

North American Bus Brands

Flxible/Grumman

Flxible Clipper: The Motor Coach Style Leader Of The 1950’s   Jim Brophy

Flxible & AM General New Look Buses: Playing Second Fiddle To GM   Jim Brophy

Flxible “Flxette”: The Junior Leaguer…   Jim Brophy

Grumman 870/Flxible Metro: “I’ve Been Framed…”   Jim Brophy


General Motors

GM Futurliner: The Parade Of Progress   Paul N

Chevrolet Buses: Relics Don’t Retire, They Get Rebuilt (Burma)   Tatra87

1947 GM PD-3751 “Silversides” Greyhound Bus: The First Modern Diesel Bus (GM’s Greatest Hit #11)   Paul N

1953-60 GM PD 4104: The Most Dominant And Influential Bus Ever   Jim Brophy

1953 GMC TDH-5105 Old Look Transit Bus: GM’s Greatest Hit #9, Despite Being The Agent Of A GM Deadly Sin   Paul N

1954 GMC PD-4501 Greyhound Scenicruiser: Everybody’s Favorite Bus Except For Greyhound And GM   Paul N

1954 GM PDX-4901 “Golden Chariot”: The Unsuccessful Prototype Of The Modern Bus   Jim Brophy

GM “Old Look” Coach & MH Trolley Coach: When No Transportation Meant Public Transportation   Jim Brophy

1959-69 GM Old Look Update: Hedging Their Bets   Jim Brophy

GM “Buffalo” 4107/4108 & 4903/4905: Last Of The Line   Jim Brophy

1971 GMC TDH-4523 “New Look” Transit Bus: GM’s Greatest Hit No. 11   Paul N

GM RTS II: GM Deadly Sin #27: A Sure Bet?   Jim Brophy

GM New Look “Classic”: Tried And True…   Jim Brophy


Gillig

Gillig Transit Coach School Bus: Built Like A Tank   Paul N

Gillig Low Floor Bus: Last Out Of The Gate, But It Had An Advantage…   Jim Brophy


Mack

1947-60 Mack C Series Urban Transit Coach: Built Bulldog Tough   Jim Brophy

Mack MV-620-D: The “Forward Look” Bus   Jim Brophy


Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

1968-73 MCI MC-7 (In Motion)   Paul N

1969-70 MCI MC-6 “Supercruiser”: Six Inches Too Far Ahead Of Its Time   Jim Brophy

1982-87 MCI 9 “Suncrusier”: The 47 Passenger Cabriolet   Jim Brophy

1990-94 MCI 102 B3: Casting Aside 50 Years Of Intercity Bus Design   Jim Brophy


Prevost

1976-2006 Prevost Le Mirage: It’s All In The Windows   Jim Brophy

1988-92 Prevost H5-60: The Articulated Highway Coach, Take Three   Jim Brophy


Other North American Buses
(alphabetical)

1946-54 ACF-Brill IC 41: Silver Screen Standout   Jim Brophy

1951 Aerocoach Mastercraft P-372: The Champ (GM) Scores Another Knockout   Jim Brophy

American Ikarus/North American Bus Industries: From Hungary To Alabama…   Jim Brophy

1957 Blue Bird All American: The All American Dream Comes In Many Variations And Colors   Paul N

Bus Stop Fiction: GM, Flxible or MCI Coach… May 22nd 1966…   Jim Brophy

CD Beck & Co.: Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery, Even If It Gets You Nowhere   Jim Brophy

1948-53 Checker Motor Coach: The Frequently Forgotten Bus From The Country’s Most Famous Taxi Maker   Jim Brophy

Crown Motor Coaches: California Royalty   Jim Brophy

Dina Intercity Coaches: Stalwarts From Hidalgo…   Jim Brophy

Eagle Coaches: From Belgium To Brownsville   Jim Brophy

1954-58 Fitzjohn Roadrunner: Another Casualty Of The GM Juggernaut   Jim Brophy

1935-36 Ford 1.5 Ton School Bus   Aaron65

1946 Kaiser Articulated Bus: The First True Articulated Bus   Paul N

Kenworth Pacific School Coach   Eric VanBuren

1991 New Flyer D40LF: North America’s First Low Floor Bus   Jim Brophy

1981-2006 Neoplan AN440: Transplanted Teutonic Transporter   Jim Brophy

1995-2009 NovaBus LFS: Second Out Of The Gate…   Jim Brophy

Proterra Battery-Electric Bus  JB

Orion I – VII: Cross-Border Cruisers…   Jim Brophy

Sultana TM 40 SP: Southern Scenicruiser   Jim Brophy

1950s Wayne Bus Conversion   Paul N

1937-53 White Motor Corp Urban Transit Buses:  Known for Trucks, They Made Buses Too   Jim Brophy

 

European Bus Brands

DAF

1963-64 DAF Semi-Trailer With Deckers Bus Body   Johannes Dutch

1966 DAF-Smit Joure   Johannes Dutch

1969 DAF-ZABO   Johannes Dutch

1970 DAF-Jonckheere   Johannes Dutch

1970 DAF-Jonckheere: Its First Power Unit Was A Philips-Stirling Engine   Johannes Dutch


Other European Buses
(alphabetical)

1958 AEC Routemaster: The Ultimate London Double-Decker Bus   Roger Carr

1963-73 Bedford VAL: English Charmer   Jim Brophy

Bristol Lodekka LD6G: Upstairs, Downstairs   GGH06

1958 Citroen U55 Citirama Bus: See Paris In Style   PN

1958 Kässbohrer Setra Continental Trailways Super Golden Eagle: Strike Two For The Articulated Highway Bus   Paul N

1958-86 Leyland Atlantean: Rush Hour Isn’t Crush Hour Any More   Big Paws

Late ’50s Ayats-Bodied Pegaso Coaches: Under the Influence   Tatra87

1960 Saurer Sightseeing Bus: With RHD And Column Shift   Paul N

Steyr 380: The Austrian Love Bus   Paul N

 

 

Japanese Bus Brands

Hino

Hino Poncho: Autumn Traveler   Jim Brophy

Hino S’Elega: If Lexus Built A Bus…   Jim Brophy


Other Japanese Buses
(alphabetical)

Bonnet Buses: A Nostalgic Reminder Of An Earlier, Less Hectic Time…   Jim Brophy

Pre-School Buses: A Less Familiar Slice of JDM Goodness…   Jim Brophy

Tokyo Disneyland Resort Cruiser Bus: Retro Disney…   Jim Brophy

Tokyo Tama and Chiba City Monorail: The Bus With A Birds-Eye View…   Jim Brophy

 

 

“Hippie Buses”

1947 Bus “Further”: Ken Kesey’s Merry Prankster-Mobile   Paul N

Bus With Geodesic Dome On Top   Paul N

Green Tortoise: “Nothing Like Your Last Bus Ride”   Paul N

The Pent(chicken)house Bus Shows Off Its New Paint Job   Paul N

The Ultimate Hippie Bus (VW bus on roof)   Paul N