Buses, Taxis, Limousines & Hearses
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Buses of Western Flyer and New Flyer Industries Photo Archive
Western Flyer Auto & Truck Body Works began producing buses in 1930 and through a number of name-changes continues today as New Flyer Industries. Because they served Canada and much of North America, the buses were built to stand up to the harsh winter climates they had to work in. This revered bus builder has become one of the dominant players in the transit bus manufacturing industry in North America, and a leader in hybrid bus manufacturing in the U.S. and Canada. New Flyer has been named as one of Canada's most earth-friendly employers for 2008. This book commemorates 80 years of these sturdy and attractive buses and trolley buses, and the companies that ran them, through vintage black and white photography along with a color section.
Carved-Panel Hearses: An Illustrated History 1933-1948
In 1933 the Sayers & Scovill Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio and The Eureka Co. of Rock Falls, Illinois, introduced a daring new departure in funeral car design. This stunning, semi-streamlined new hearse design featured richly-carved imitation drapery panels - complete with folds, fringes, tassels and tieback cords - on the sides and rear of the car. The artistic, carved-panel hearse swept the industry overnight. Soon every major funeral coachbuilder in America (with one notable exception) introduced highly individualistic carved-panel hearses of their own design. A less ornate second-generation carved funeral coach that featured stylized gothic-panel church windows instead of faux draperies was introduced in the late 1930s and both types remained until 1948. The classic era of the carved hearse has never been equaled in terms of impressive beauty and artistic individuality, here featured exquisitely in impressive large archival photographs. It was a brief but nonetheless spectacular period of stylistic expression and custom coachcraft - the likes of which we shall never see again.
City Transit Buses of the 20th Century: A Photo Gallery
Packed with high quality black and white photographs, this feast for bus aficionados features the city transit buses that operated throughout the 20th century. Over 300 heavily captioned photos provide a wealth of information on city transit buses, the companies that built them and the companies that operated them. As well as providing a fascinating look at the wide range of transit buses built and operated in the 20th century, the authors explore the forces at work in the bus industry that brought about the vast improvements made in transit systems and bus design. Bus and transit enthusiasts will come back to this book over and over.
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Classic American Limousines 1955-2000 Photo Archive
Whether you've never been in a limo, or even if a limo takes you to work each day, you will be fascinated by this comprehensive history. High-quality photos of American limousines take you on a luxurious tour from the development of the limousine in the 1950s to today. In days past, the limousine belonged only to the elite, the wealthy, and the dead on their way to the cemetery. Now anyone with a little extra spending cash can rent one and be the mystery rider behind the tinted glass. Includes Cadillac, Lincoln and Chrysler limousines, as well as Secret Service and Presidential limos. A great buy for professional car buffs, auto lovers, and anyone fascinated by this luxurious mode of transportation and the people who use it.
Crown Coach Corp.: School Buses, Fire Trucks and Custom Coaches
Donald Martin Brockway founded the Crown Carriage Company in 1904, the same year that Henry Ford started Ford. With no engineering department at this time, Brockway would draw the outlines of the vehicles in the dirt on the production floor as they were conceived. This informative story of Crown's various endeavors from 1900s horse-drawn wagons through early 1990s alternative fueled buses is chronicled here and highlighted with vintage photographs and factory memorabilia including advertising items, coach emblems, and production statistics. Not left out are custom built coaches like Lockheed's mobile missile tacking station, Art Linkletter mobile video coaches, and the first air conditioned tour coach in Hawaii. The company built one of the largest fleets of fire trucks in the nation for the Los Angeles City and County fire departments and other agencies, and sent high quality custom built vehicles as far away as places like Juneau, Alaska, South America and the Middle East.
Flxible Transit Buses: 1953-1995 Photo Archive
Flxible has been manufacturing buses since 1924 and was one of GM's top competitors when it came to bus manufacturing. They even came out with a Flxible New Look Bus that rivaled the ever-popular General Motors New Look Bus. Bus enthusiasts and history buffs have been waiting for this book - this if the first of its kind!
Funeral Service & Flower Cars Photo Archive
Throughout history, flowers have accompanied the deceased to their final resting place. Banked with colorful floral sprays, the flower car made an impressive sight at the head of the funeral procession. Flower cars were built on all makes of chassis, from luxury Packards, Cadillacs, LaSalles and Buicks to Pontiacs and Chevy El Caminos. The only book ever dedicated to these unique professional cars documents the evolution of the flower car from the1930s to the long, low coupes de fleur still being built today. A bonus feature includes a section on the other workhorse of the funeral home fleet, the Service Car, which transported the deceased from home or hospital to the funeral parlor and hauled caskets and other funeral service paraphernalia to the church or cemetery.
Go the Greyhound Way: The Romance of the Road
Profusely illustrated with period advertisements, travel brochures, post cards, and archival photographs of depots and buses, this history of the Greyhound Bus Lines offers a unique journey through Americas physical and cultural landscape. Readers can accept this invitation from Greyhound: There is a graceful Greyhound coach waiting to carry you over Roads of Romance. Adventure seems to lurk around every corner as you speed along in the sturdy, blue and white Greyhound bus. All the color and romance, all the scenic and historic interest of this American Wonderland are yours to enjoy when you go the Greyhound way.
Greyhound Buses: 1914-2000 Photo Archive
When Americans think of buses, the name Greyhound inevitably comes to mind. Avid bus enthusiast and historian, William A. Luke compiles ten dozen fascinating photographs depicting the great variety of buses the company has used from its beginning in 1914 to present. In addition to standard models from the Big Gray Dogs fleet there are examples of experimental models, unusual types operated at the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair and the 1940 New York Worlds Fair, and timetables and sales brochures
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Greyhound in Postcards: Buses, Depots, and Post Houses
A collection of vintage Greyhound Bus postcards portraying the buses, depots and post houses from a variety of regions all across America and Canada. A visual treat for all bus enthusiasts and postcard collectors. As part of Greyhound's objective to establish the nation's largest national intercity bus system, the company began an aggressive campaign to build its own terminals in the 1930s, an era of "art deco" styling. And to better serve the traveling public, Greyhound also began building a network of restaurants and rest stops. The historical Greyhound-related postcards represented here are from various regions of the country and some of them are very rare. Relive the days when traveling by Greyhound was so popular.
When we deem things iconic, they have naturally become part of history and have earned a permanent status of importance to us. One such object is a particular intercity coach, the Greyhound PD-4501 Scenicruiser bus, built by the GM Corporation during 1954-56. After nearly 60 years, its popularity, even today, is almost cult-like. Throughout the history of intercity coaches in the U.S., there have not been more toys, advertising pieces, souvenirs, or memorabilia centered on any other bus. The Scenicruiser starred in several movies, was featured on record album covers, and appeared on endless TV shows through the years. Starting with prototypes, this book covers all the various models of the Scenicruisers heritage, and even highlights many of the restored and still operating legends today.
Highway Buses of the 20th Century: A Photo Gallery
Over 300 photos combine with insightful captions to present a complete history of the intercity, charter, tour and sightseeing bus industry throughout the 20th Century. Each of the 11 chapters provides an overview of each important time period, including the development of styling and paint schemes, comfort, passenger seating, length/width, safety, engines, brakes, tires, transmissions, and the influence of road conditions, Federal regulations, national parks, tourism and entertainment, and international influences. High-quality photos illustrate a vast array of bus manufacturers and bus models, including the models that were used extensively as well as some that were unusual. Represented are many interesting bus companies, their bus routes, and other interesting facts.
Le Tour Du Monde Des Taxis
A French-language text. During his many trips, Yves Soulabaille has acquired the habit of immortalizing one of his obligatory passages in each country: the taxi. Car brands, colors, decorations, accessories, lamps, as links them between across borders and oceans. Dotted with anecdotes about drivers and their customs , this book draws the reader on the trail of a globe-trotter attentive to the world he is traveling. Pictures taken on the spot, images composed according to the strength of perspectives and colors, portraits posed, the harvest reported is rich and full of humanity. This book is a tribute to an urban and international profession. A traveler's souvenir, not a travel souvenir. Translation: Au cours de ses nombreux voyages, yves soulabaille a pris l'habitude d'immortaliser l'un de ses passages obligés dans chaque pays : le taxi. Marques de voiture, couleurs, décorations, accessoires, lumignons, autant de liens entre eux par-delà les frontières et les océans. Parsemé d'anecdotes sur les chauffeurs, leurs us et coutumes, leurs villes, ce livre entraîne le lecteur sur les traces d'un globe-trotter attentif au monde qu'il parcourt. photos prises sur le vif, images composées selon la force des perspectives et des couleurs, portraits posés, la moisson rapportée est riche et pleine d'humanité. Ce livre est un hommage à une profession urbaine et internationale. un souvenir de voyageur, pas un souvenir de voyage.
Montreal Streetcars: Volume 2: People & Places
This award winning book is Tom Grumley's second on Montreal Streetcars in the Society's Traction Heritage Series. Thoroughly researched, it includes 54 photographs (23 in colour) plus a bonus - a large colour fold out map of the 1929 Montreal Tramway Company system. Montreal Streetcars Volume 2 includes comprehensive captions and additional information, this time about the people and places around the streetcar system.
The Twentieth Century was a milestone in itself for transportation history, and buses played a major role in the transformation of America. The Museum of Bus Transportation presents this special book about the buses that made a difference, from the first Mack bus in America, the famous and few double-deckers, postwar sightseeing buses, and the various innovative designs that defined the modern bus. Important models, manufacturers, bus lines, innovative features and designs are featured with captions presenting their contributions to bus history. With this educational timeline through captioned photographs, follow the growth of the bus industry from 1895 through the 20th Century.
New York City Transit Buses 1945-1975 Photo Archive
New York City has one of the finest and largest transit systems in the country. Beginning with early horse-drawn omnibuses, followed by battery-operated streetcars and electric street railway systems, finally by 1947 most of New York converted to buses. After WWII bus manufacturers including General Motors and Mack developed modern, larger buses to the City of New York's exclusive specifications. This book portrays each of the eleven bus companies (private and city owned) that provided service to patrons from post-WWII era through the late 1970s. A concise history for each company is provided along with route schematics and large format pictures of buses operating in New York City.
New York Fifth Avenue Coach Co. 1885-1960
The Legendary Fifth Avenue Coach Company were famous for their double-deck buses and for being a leader for public transportation in New York City. They were the first bus company to run gasoline-powered buses and air-conditioning, and were the last company in the U.S. to use double-deckers, which were also the last double-deck buses built in America. Fifth Avenue has always been one of New York's more fashionable boulevards, and its bus line was regarded by many as a peg or two above the city?s other transit operators. The distinguished ?Queen Mary? double-deck buses were to New York as the cable car was to San Francisco. See all the various bus designs from the early horse-drawn omnibuses and buses brought over from England, early Brill?s built on French chassis, the buses that Fifth Ave Coach built in their own garage on 102nd Street using American-made chassis, and the later advancements to Yellow Coaches and GMCs, until the prestigious company finally got overtaken by the city?s own public transportation system.
Old Look Buses: Yellow Coach and Gm in the ’40s and ’50s
Through vintage color and black and white pictures, William A. Luke portrays not only the various buses in his latest book, but also history about bus companies. The book also has vintage and bus company publicity. A list of buses built is also included.
Prevost Buses: 1924-2002 Photo Archive
Primarily a Canadian bus builder, Prevost began building buses in 1924 and went on to become the second largest highway style bus builder behind MCI. Prevost also built city buses, private buses and conversion buses. While Prevost built buses for the US market beginning in 1964, they were best known in Canada. Hand selected photos tell the story.
Rapid Transit Series Buses: General Motors and Beyond
General Motors wanted to revolutionize transit bus design after having success with their New Look Bus through the 1960s. Being protagonists for progress, GM's engineers created a prototype coach that would address all of the New Look's shortcomings. This RTX (Rapid Transit Experimental) was a shock to the transit industry, and it wasn't until 1977 when the better-developed RTS bus became part of the Advanced Design Bus project and was the descendant of GMC's entry in the U.S. DOT's 'Transbus' project. The RTS is notable for its curved body and window panels and has become recognized as a timeless design just like the GM New Look was. In 1987 the RTS patents were sold to Transportation Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) and then they sold the rights to NovaBus in 1994 who left the U.S. market in 2002. However, Millennium Transit Services has since revived the RTS in 2006. Here it is, the only book with the full in-depth history that is also well illustrated with time-period photography and a colour section.
Streetcars in the Kootenays: Nelson’s Electric Tramways: 1899 to 1992
Born at the turn of the century out of the promise of rich mineral discoveries, one of the smallest street railways in the British Empire once operated in Nelson, British Columbia. Its streetcars carried passengers up one of the steepest grades of any Canadian system, grades which led to some spectacular accidents. Streetcars in the Kootenays recounts the eventful history of the Nelson Electric Tramway Company. It is also the story of a few dedicated volunteers who began restoring the systems only surviving streetcar, which returned to operation along the Kootenay Lake in 1992.
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Stretch Limousines: 1928-2001 Photo Archive
Beginning with the 1928 Big Band buses, actually the first stretch limos, this book shows the development of the stretch limo through its various configurations up to the present day. Following the Big Band buses came the airporter shuttle limos from the 30s to 60s. In 1963 the luxury commercial stretches were introduced. Finally the party/bar/VIP stretches came on the scene. This books features both commercial and one-off stretches and even includes the 2001 Presidential limo built for President George W. Bush.
The American Taxi: A Century of Service
The American Taxi has been providing a vital public service for 100 years! Enjoy the Taxi experience through photographs and the history of famous taxi marques, such as Yellow, General, Checker, DeSoto, Packard, Plymouth, Ford, & Studebaker - many minor makes are also represented with forgotten names like Rockwell, Murphy, Oakland, Huppmobile and Stearns Knight. Oddball experiments, unusual taxis, lights, meters, and taxi memorabilia are highlighted. A walk through time illustrates the effect of regulations on taxis and how that led to technical advances and body changes.
Traveling With Greyhound: On the Road for 100 Years
Bringing Americans together by bus for 100 years, Greyhound is one of the top iconic names of the Twentieth Century with their running dog logo. It all started with Carl Wickman and partners when they offered a fare of 15 cents one way or 25 cents round-trip between Alice and Hibbing Minnesota, in a large Hupmobile -which was a hit amongst the iron mine workers. The business quickly prospered and eventually became the empire that it is today. Greyhound's goal of providing city to city service helped lead the country in bus travel, allowing the public a chance to sight-see coast-to-coast and border-to-border, visit far-away loved ones, or escape to vaster lands with greener pastures. By expanding bus lines, building bus depots and Post Houses, and with outstanding promotional efforts, Greyhound pioneered an industry. As the full story of the Greyhound company unfolds, the book is illustrated with wonderful old bus photos, artistic ads and timetables that depict a more fanciful era (one that made riding on a Greyhound romantic) and then takes a journey through the eras that follow (like the one with the famous Scenicruiser) and into today's modern buses.
Trolley Buses 1913-2001 Photo Archive
Trolley buses first began operation in the United States around the turn of the century. Today, five cities in the U.S. and two in Canada use these mass-transit vehicles. This collection depicts a variety of the trolley buses from dozens of the 72 cities that have operated them over the last century. Each photo is accompanied by a descriptive caption detailing the vehicles manufacturer and technical specifications.
Trolley Buses Around the World: A Photo Gallery
For more than a century trolley buses have been providing transportation in towns and cities throughout the world. The trolley bus offered several advantages over other vehicles, primarily quiet operation, quick acceleration from a standing start, hill-climbing ability and a long life span. During the 1950s and 1960s, many trolley bus systems were abandoned. The oil crisis of the 1970s marked a turning point, and the number of trolley bus systems in the world has risen steadily since. Take a trip around the world to see the various styles and systems of trolley buses. This Photo Gallery includes many past and present trolley bus systems from North & South America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Africa. You'll learn the differences in equipment built over time, who the main manufacturers of Trolley Buses were in these countries and much more.
Welcome Aboard the GM New Look Bus: An Enthusiast’s Reference
The General Motors Corporation will be remembered as one of the most important industrial organizations of the Twentieth Century. Although primarily known for its automotive products, it was best known in the surface passenger transportation industry for its intercity highway and urban transit buses. After the end of World War II, it improved its products and gained a virtual monopoly in the bus building business. The Truck & Coach Division of General Motors developed many designs that became industry standards. Arguably, the most notable design was the series known as the "New Look" bus for transit and suburban service. It first appeared in 1959, and the design was quite a radical departure from the models GM had produced since 1940. The New Look design continued in production basically unchanged for over 27 years, and didn't receive a face-lift until 1995 (that being the Classic produced in Canada). In many ways, it truly was the first "ADB", Advanced Design Bus. This is the story of how the New Look bus came to be, a discussion of its construction, and the many variations that comprised the New Look series.