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'THE LITTLE MUNI THAT COULD'

 
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Mr. Linsky
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:22 am    Post subject: 'THE LITTLE MUNI THAT COULD' Reply with quote

Many operators years ago found special need for very short buses but still with heavy duty characteristics to accommodate unusual routes with sharp turns and steep hills and, while bus manufacturers did offer low capacity models, their power trains usually didn't equal the specific tasks required which led many bus companies to call upon their own shops and the ingenuity of their craftsmen to remake their own equipment.

Pictured below is fleet number 2617 - a 1960 Mack originally built as a 40 foot long Model C-49-DT and one of 450 delivered to San Francisco Municipal Railway in increments between 1955 and 1960 (actually, the largest single order in Mack's history).

Now, a compact 27 passenger power house with its original Diesel plant, # 2617 is seen coursing the # 39 Coit line in shuttle service between Fisherman's Wharf and the famous Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill.

To augment the service, one other C-49 numbered 2359 (ex 2657) was also reworked.

While the contemporary GM designed RTS has the inherent quality of being re-sized by manipulation of its modular sections, I don't believe any other of the modern transits can be so easily adjusted.

Photo courtesy of eBay.

Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

St. Petersburg Tram made a nice model (they always do) of that li'l QT...



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