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B&O buses at Jersey City, circa 1930
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NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629




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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

N4 Jamaica wrote:
I am puzzled by the expression "Delaware River Bridge that opened in 1926." Which one are writing of?
Thanks.


N4:

I believe this is the bridge in question.......

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_Bridge

"NYO"

*like our own "Willy B" and "Manny B", the span also carries rapid transit trains (PATCO)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

The following is from an old book I have on the PRSL (author unknown):

"..........competition between the PRR and the Reading on the highways also ended when the PRSL was formed. The PRR's bus service was then being operated by 'PENNSYLVANIA GREYHOUND LINES'......."

".........the schedules of GREYHOUND and READING TRANSPORTATION were coordinated, and became interchangeable, and the Philadelphia terminals of both railroads were served by the runs....."

"...........these operations were performed on behalf of the 'PENNSYLVANIA-READING MOTOR LINES' , a corporate umbrella that held ICC and PUC rights....."

".........PRML came into existence in August of 1933, as a PRSL subsidiary. The following March, arrangements were made for Public Service to buy the operating rights for the seashore bus service out of Philadelphia....."

".......the train connection bus routes between Ocean City and Sea Isle City and between Cape May Court House and and Avalon via Stone Harbor, were, of course,. train-dependent. This situation, of course, was not at all attractive to Public Service......"

"...... PRSL continued to own these lines, but contracted with Public Service to operate them, starting in July of 1934; railroad tickets were honored on these buses until these services were abandoned thirty-six seasons later........"

"NYO"


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also:

"FIRLIN SHORE LINES" began operation when the Delaware River (Ben Franklin) Bridge opened in 1926.

The buses were operated by the "FIRLIN CORPORATION", headquartered at Market & Water Sts. in Philadelphia; their sole route operated between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

Their WHITE Model 50B buses carried luggage on the roof, as did the the YELLOW "Camelbacks" that PS used on their Atlantic City routes.

These buses earned the nickname "Camelback" because of the distinctive roof hump over the aisle, to increase headroom.....

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Though these photos focus on Atlantic City's streetcars, the buses in the background are indeed of interest.......

"NYO"

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/odds/nj/htm/acs050.htm

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/odds/nj/htm/acs065.htm

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/odds/nj/htm/acs111.htm

(courtesy: Dave's Electric Railroads0
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

..............in mentioning Atlantic City and inter-city bus transportation, it is important to remember that, for decades, not only was Atlantic City THE New Jersey summer resort, but also, a city where many businesses and corporations held their annual conventions.

Back in the day, for example, the PRSL operated lengthy trains for convention goers; Shriners' trains were very popular for many years.

PSNJ issued postcards hailing its Atlantic City services; I have a postcard showing a PS 4104 superimposed on an ocean view of Atlantic City (circa early 60's?)

The AC terminal was located at Bacharach Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue; round trip fare between the PABT and AC was then $5.20.

From the mid-60's onwards, AC slid more and more into urban decay, including the once-grand and palatial hotels and the famous boardwalk.

The casino revolution literally jump-started the city and its tourist attractions, and bus operators were indeed pleased with this turning of the tide.

In recent years, however, the tide has once again turned, and many long-established casinos have been shuttered.

AMTRAK abandoned its runs to AC a number of years ago, and NJT's "ACES" special (from New York and Newark) also has since vanished.

It will be interesting to see how bus operators to and from AC adapt to the last downturn for the once great resort town.....

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See........

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_City_Bus_Terminal

* Note that (at the time this page was posted) GREYHOUND had six routes to AC; it would be interesting, also, to see how the charter carriers have fared as of a late, with many casinos closing.......
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note here that, in 1929, the B&O formed a subsidiary bus company, the WEST VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, which was sold to GREYHOUND in 1955.

This page is a great source of info on railroad-owned bus lines.......

"NYO"

https://www.chicagorailfan.com/greyrail.html

(courtesy: chicagorailfan)

*also interesting to note is that, in 1927, the CRRNJ formed the subsidiary JERSEY CENTRAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, which was sold to SOMERSET in 1957.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Jolly Tar Trails buses were mentioned in an earlier post as well as Jersey Central and Reading Transportation

First is an ACF Jolly Tar Trails bus operated by the Jersey Central

Secondly is a Mack BK of Reading Transportation

Thirdly, a Yellow Coach PG-2904 of Jersey Central at the Public Service Terminal in Newark.

These three photos came from the May 1972 issue of Motor Coach Age. This issue tells the story of Reading Transportation and the MaBSTOA, the First Ten Years, 1962-1972.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More on Reading Transportation

First, a publicity photo taken at the Franklin Street Station showing Reading's fleet of Ford Transits model 09B, Flxible "Clipper" model 29BR-140, and Yellow Coach PG-2901

Secondly, a GM TDH-4008, #3803

Lastly, a GM PDA-3704 and ironically numbered 3704.l

These three photos came from the May 1972 issue of Motor Coach Age. This issue tells the story of Reading Transportation and the MaBSTOA, the First Ten Years, 1962-1972.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....it has FINALLY happened....you have MORE than OUTDONE yourself with these photos!!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked

I HAVE seen two or three very early photos of READING buses, but have never seen the ones you posted; also, I have never seen a photo showing a "Jolly Tar" bus, before today!

That READING PG-2904 sporting the CNJ "Liberty Herald" blew my mind (what's left of it!!!)

NEVER saw anything like that before!!! Shocked Shocked

A late buddy of mine (a HUGE CNJ enthusiast like myself, and a former hobby shop owner) would have went NUTS for that photo!! Shocked Shocked

THANKS AGAIN for sharing these AWESOME old photos.......... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaBSTOA 15....great shots, thanks for posting them! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver wrote:
MaBSTOA 15....great shots, thanks for posting them! Smile


traildriver:

I think you'll agree with me that our good friend is QUITE adept at pulling rare bus photos out of his hat with all the grand flourish and broohaha as the most skilled of magicians........ Wink

This fellow really KNOWS how to keep us smiling on the board....... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My pleasure!

I enjoy sharing my bus knowledge and photos with my fellow enthusiasts.

(It makes retirement exciting!)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaBSTOA 15 wrote:
My pleasure!

I enjoy sharing my bus knowledge and photos with my fellow enthusiasts.

(It makes retirement exciting!)


.....your retirement also makes it QUITE exciting for your loyal followers here at BusTalk! Wink

Keep up the OUTSTANDING work...... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not in Jersey City but at Rockefeller Center waiting for passengers, a White model 1136 of 1950 vintage.


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