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Rare Bus in Miami

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 2:11 pm    Post subject: Rare Bus in Miami Reply with quote

In 1950 William Pawley was replacing the streetcars in Havana, Cuba with buses. He accomplished this with an assortment of buses. He bought the following:

Ford Transits... to train the drivers (possibly came from Miami since the signs on the destination sign covers were in English with city/county ordinances)

ACF-Brill... C-31, C-36, and C-44.

AeroCoach... T-361 transits, the only company to have them besides the handful for Indiana Railroad

Leyland... Royal Tigers chassis with Saunders-Roe bodies. These were the bulk and workhorse of the fleet and had manual transmission! As well as two Leyland left hand drive double deckers.

Pawley was of the belief that these Leylands were more economical than the American built buses and therefore he ordered one, identical to the Cuban order, for his Miami Transit Company as a demo. It was numbered 900 and painted white with orange belt and bumpers. The fate of this bus is unkown.

This bus in particular could have been one of the four demos built for Cuba.



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