I really enjoyed Paul’s article on the GM PD 4501 Scenicruiser last week – and it got me thinking. That, and as you may have heard, Greyhound has also been in the news lately, unfortunately not in a good way. A video recently emerged of passengers on a Greyhound bus from Phoenix to Dallas who “mutinied” when they saw the driver trying to remain awake behind the wheel. Not quite consistent with the slogan I’m most familiar with…
GM PD 4106
MCI MC 5C
MCI MC 8
Well, hopefully they’ll recover from this very embarrassing (and dangerous) incident. It did however remind me of my poor college student days “riding the dog” in the mid to late 70’s. I can remember traveling on the old (by then) GM PD 4106s, the somewhat newer MCI MC 5’s, and the brand new MCI MC 8’s. I haven’t ridden a Greyhound bus since 1979 and it got me wondering what the fleet was composed of today – let’s take a look…newest to oldest…
Greyhound’s most modern coach is the MCI D4505, first introduced in 2010. It’s 45 feet long and 102 inches wide, seating 50. Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, and Cummins engines can be ordered – but most come with a Cummins ISX 12 liter inline 6 cylinder, with 425hp and 1,450 lb-ft torque. Transmission is a Gen V Allison B500 6-speed automatic.
Next newest coach is the Prevost X3-45, purchased in 2009. This coach has similar dimensions, and also seats 50, but comes with a 13 litre Volvo D-13 SOHC inline 6 cylinder, 435hp and 1650 lb-ft of torque, coupled with the Allison B500.
The MCI G4500 was introduced in 2001, same dimensions, but with a different seating design that carries 55 passengers. Power train is a Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7 litre SOHC six, 475 hp and 1550 lb-ft, also with a B500.
Greyhound’s oldest coach stems from 1998 and is the MCI 102DL3 – a 45 foot coach, all of which were recently given a major refurbishment. Older Cummins M11 motors were replaced with the Cummins ISX and a B500. Also as part of the refurbishment, they were painted in the older “neoclassic” livery.
It’s doubtful I’ll ever ride the dog again, but if I did, I think I’d choose the Prevost – and make sure I had some no-doze to hand to the driver before boarding…