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  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

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PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:45 am   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
The first 'dual order' for GM of TA and OA buses since 1963 when OA 3301-3555 and TA 3601-3950 were built; and the second altogether (after the 1965 GM buses for OA and Flxible buses for TA) to have t ...
  Topic: What's going on with The Hound?
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 219
Views: 2840

PostForum: General Bus Forum - All Bus Topics   Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:46 pm   Subject: What's going on with The Hound?
Just thought I'd include these early 80's "cameos".....ahhhh, the great variety that still abounded, back in the day...... Wink

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3506

http://bus.ny ...
  Topic: What's going on with The Hound?
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 219
Views: 2840

PostForum: General Bus Forum - All Bus Topics   Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:54 am   Subject: What's going on with The Hound?
Among the very last of the GM buses purchased by GREYHOUND in the later 60's were the distinctive "Buffalos"; I have always felt that there was at least some SCENICRUISER-inspired design in ...
  Topic: What's going on with The Hound?
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 219
Views: 2840

PostForum: General Bus Forum - All Bus Topics   Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:21 pm   Subject: What's going on with The Hound?
I.I.N.M., weren't those "Scenicruisers" an impetus for the subsequent design of the 'New Look' buses a.k.a. 'Fishbowls'? This would show just how influential "the Hound" was in it ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:18 pm   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
About question #2: Several of the buses (only the A/C ones) that originally came with batwings, had them removed, and quite a few were rebuilt by Blitz and were renumbered within the 5000's and 5100' ...
  Topic: July 31, 1939
W.B. Fishbowl

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PostForum: Today in New York City Transit History   Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:08 am   Subject: July 31, 1939
The New York City Omnibus Corporation's 146th Street depot (on the block of Lenox Avenue between 146th and 147th Streets) opens on this date. It was built beginning in 1938 on the grounds of an old N ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:54 am   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
By the way, the front MaBSTOA destination signs were depot based. In other words, buses assigned to say 132nd Street Depot would have only readings for routes based out of that depot. So when buses we ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:49 am   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
The company that designed, manufactured, and sold the Bus-O-Rama and printed the curtains, Transign, was started in 1959 using mylar instead of the canvas like material used up to that point in time. ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:44 am   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
On 8466 and 8451, I also see front signs taken from the first group of MaBSTOA buses, 3301-3555. This is proof that Amsterdam and 132nd Street were the two Manhattan depots that got their share of th ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:07 am   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
Based on where it was, #8486 was mislabeled on the front (29th and Hoyt doesn't exactly seem like a stop on M102). Back then, TB was assigned out of 100th Street depot (it pingponged in the first dec ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:07 am   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
Quick question:

Why did the MTA discontinue the use of the sign boxes over the rear doors?

An economy measure, perhaps?

"NYO"
I know that for whatever reason, given what fonts were ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:13 pm   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
I was not at all aware that Los Angeles once used "batwings"; I have, to date, never seen any pictures whatsoever showing any LA buses fitted with the wings.
Type in "Los Angeles bus&q ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:19 pm   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
That 8712 bus' front roll sign was definitely from 1966 vintage; it would have said 'via 7 AVE' at the end originally before that was blacked out.

But another major city that had 'batwings' - and t ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:03 pm   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B:

Thanks for the detailed input as well as the photo of the center roller curtain; man, you could read those suckers a block away!!!

I see my memory was about right; I cannot recall the " ...
  Topic: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
W.B. Fishbowl

Replies: 68
Views: 1588

PostForum: New York City Buses   Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:56 pm   Subject: The last "BUS-O-RAMA" (batwing) ad racks
On 8733, I saw reference to '10 8th AVE CENTRAL PK W' on the side - a clear sign that was a 146th Street depot bus.

On 8736, the front sign was obviously post-1969 - and behind it 8644 with a front ...
 
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