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Parking Lot Sighting: Greyhound Centennial Tour

Scott Ith November 10, 2014 All Things Hoon 18 Comments

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Greyhound is celebrating 100 years of cross-country transit service with a cross-country historical tour. The Centennial Tour features vehicles dating back to a 1914 Hupmobile. I did not get a chance to see the actual display, but these four coaches caught my eye at in a local hotel parking lot. Naturally, I snapped some low-quality cell phone pictures to share with the Hooniverse.

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Some hasty internet research (and the coach number) tells me that this is a 1937 Supercoach – the oldest and coolest of the parking lot collection.

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Another shot of the ’37 and, on the right, a 1948 A.C.F. Brill.

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The 1968 Scenicruiser is much more modern in appearance next to the two older coaches, but still has a cool retro feel and and “Vista Cruiser” styling.

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This 1984 MCI rounds out the list. These buses sort of make me want to take a bus tour of the U.S., but not really.

 

  • Maxichamp

    That MCI is giving me flashbacks of the upside down farter in the Yukon.

  • When I see buses on trailers it makes me think of LongRoofian and BusPlunge. Neither of whom I've ever met, but hey, internet.

    • On behalf of BusPlunge, Thanks Man. Look forward to meeting you one day.

  • skitter

    Awesome.

    Loosely related Steven Wright joke:
    I was hitchhiking.
    Got picked up by one of those semis carrying 19 cars.
    The driver said, you're not riding with me. Go get in one of the cars.
    He stopped for 18 other people, we all had our own car.
    Then he went 90 mph.
    And we all got speeding tickets.

  • Rover_1

    The whole world is familiar with the Greyhound buses, partly because of Matchbox toys, early….

    <img src="http://mla-s1-p.mlstatic.com/matchbox-lesney-n-66-greyhound-coach-mib-131-unico-164-7209-MLA5176398177_102013-F.jpg&quot; width="600">

    and Superfast

    <img src="http://www.vectis.co.uk/AuctionImages/46/1724_l.jpg&quot; width="600">

  • smalleyxb122

    I'm partial to the '48. When did we lose our style?

    • Sjalabais

      Agreed. Strange time of hope and belief in the future, with great aesthetics without being wasteful just yet.

  • dukeisduke

    Wow.

  • Waywords

    That Scenicruiser brings back memories of the summer of 1973 when I took 2 cross country trips from SoCal by Greyhound. The first was to Muncie IN for a student conference at Ball State University. The second was to Denver to visit my aunt. Most of the busses were Scenicruisers, but they were still running some of the old double-decker Vistacruisers then, and riding in the upper level was a treat, even if it did sway a bit.

    It was a great experience to take these long trips on my own without anyone I knew going with me. I was 16. Can't see 21st century parents going for domething like that nowadays.

  • Gwilson

    I heard about this tour some time back, but I missed them when they were in my neck of the woods.

    Interesting that you identified one bus as a 1948 A.C.F. Brill.

    Brill used to be a manufacturer of the trolleys that buses put out of business. I recognized that name because of my rail interests.

    Wiki says: The J. G. Brill Company manufactured streetcars and buses in the United States. The company was founded by John George Brill in 1868 as a horsecar manufacturing firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, merged with the American Car and Foundry Company (ACF) in 1944 to become ACF-Brill and ceased production in 1954. Brill manufactured over 45,000 streetcars (also known as trolleys or trolley cars in the U.S.),[1] motor buses, trolleybuses and railroad cars. At its height, it was the largest manufacturer of streetcars and interurbans in the U.S. It produced more streetcars and interurbans and gas electrics than any other manufacturer.

    • There's an A.C.F. Brill bus converted to a motorhome that I sometimes see around San Diego. The first time I saw it, it took quite a bit of internet sleuthing to figure out what it was.

  • marmer01

    Yes, very nice to see an ACF-Brill. That may be the nicest one in the world. They made a run at the transit and interurban market but couldn't compete with GM.

  • Otto Nobedder

    Scenicruiser: another Raymond Loewy creation. He and
    His team also made a very different futuristic full-sized mock-up
    in 1940

  • Otto Nobedder

    Scenicruiser: another Raymond Loewy creation. He and his team also made a very futuristic full-sized mock up in 1940
    Can't talk my phone into posting an image, but you all know how to find out

  • Doug Vernon

    My first long distance bus ride that I can recall was on either a Fageol or an early model Yellow Coach. Both looked very much alike. My love affair with the Fageol began when in my later years I saw the movie "It Happened One Night". Someone pointed out to me
    that the bus used in the motion picture was in fact operated by Pacific Greyhound. The clue was the signage above the passenger windows of the vehicle. The story is set on the east coast and that was Eastern Greyhound territory. Oh well, that's Hollywood for you.

    Another bus I enjoyed looking at was the ACF Brill interstate. Well proportioned with a big wrap around wind screen with head and road lights at just the right levels. The only liveries I've seen them in were American Bus Lines and Trailways. I've never seen an ACF
    in Greyhound colors. Smaller size ACF's were also operated by Santa Fe Trailways. I rode many of those between San Diego and Los Angeles.

    Someone mentioned a "Vista Cruiser". The Scenic Cruiser I remember but not a Vista Cruiser. Any photos available of that model?

    This is my first visit to this site…..and I really like it. Thanks so much for it.

    Doug Vernon
    San Diego, California