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NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629




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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

N4:

As usual, another very interesting post; thanks for hopping on board! Wink

Several years ago, I used to walk over the block opposite the nearest school to watch the buses arrive, load, and then depart.

I only did this in the Spring and Fall, and have not done it since.

I was able to get some nice photos, during that time.

At that time (maybe about 2010?) there were still some old GMC's in use; INTERNATIONALS and BLUEBIRDS are the most commonplace here in my area.

The newer INTERNATIONALS, for some reason, are QUITE loud.

I can easily see why it would be a "no no" to casual observing, especially around the schools, even if you are noticing only the buses themselves.

Sadly, this is a reflection on the sad and unstable world. Sad

"School Bus Yellow" has been with us seemingly forever; images of bight yellow school buses have long since become as much a part of America as Mom's apple pie and Norman Rockwell. Very Happy

The ONLY toy school bus in my collection that is NOT yellow (or orange) is the physcedelic one that is a replica of the one driven by the lovely Shirley Jones in "The Partridge Family"........... Rolling Eyes

"NYO"


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only a replica of the famed "Come On, Get Happy!" bus, but still worthy of a look or two.........

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/16296
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just came across this interesting (w/s'kool photos!) page:

"THE LOST HISTORY OF THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY BUS"

This is a S'KOOL page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wink

https://telstarlogistics.typepad.com/telstarlogistics/2008/01/on-the-road-in.html

*Groovy, man! Like, totally FAR-OUT! Very Happy

"NYO"

(according to the Wikipedia page on the show, the Partridge's bus was a 1957 Chevrolet Series 6800 Superior).......
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And another good page from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_bus_yellow

And the link to Frank W. Cyr's obit from Teachers College
https://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/1995/august/frank-w-cyr-father-of-the-yellow-school-bus-dies-at-the/
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

N4:

Great links..........thanks! Wink

The subject of why school buses are yellow reminds me of that now-vanished, once oh-so-commonplace icon of American railroads, the humble caboose.

Red seemed a natural "warning" color to paint cabooses; however, as any transportation/railroad enthusiast will tell you, red was indeed NOT to be found on ALL cabooses! ("cabeese"??) Rolling Eyes

Cabooses could be found in a rainbow of colors, especially in the later diesel era: red, yellow, green, brown, orange; too, a number of railroads painted their cabooses to match their diesels, which indeed looked quite handsome.

Also, like the yellow school bus and the red caboose, red was THE color of choice for fire trucks for many decades; then, by the later 60's and 70's, some cities and towns were painting their rigs either yellow or a lime-green (yeccchhh!!), supposedly to achieve greater visibility.

IMHO (as a purist!) a fire truck is SUPPOSED to be RED, just like a CABOOSE, and just like a SCHOOL BUS is SUPPOSED to be YELLOW! Very Happy

Ditto for big RED barns, yet another time-honored American icon!

Just my 2 1/2 cents worth.......

"NYO"


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a related note:

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

http://www.american-rails.com/caboose.html
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A brief mention must be made of the transit operators who used their buses in school service, equipping them with large school flashers when operating in that service.

I have many memories of seeing PSNJ/TNJ buses in school service, brandishing those huge flashers, many years ago.......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1499

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1500

(courtesy: bus.nycsubway.org)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another example (an Old Look suburban, this time)........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1483

(courtesy: bus.nycsubway.org)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my favorites were always the Thomas bodies and the Chevrolet/GMC chassis from 1967 to 1972. I didn't mind the next generation or the one after but I don't like the ones before or after. I am picky that way.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheDriver wrote:
my favorites were always the Thomas bodies and the Chevrolet/GMC chassis from 1967 to 1972. I didn't mind the next generation or the one after but I don't like the ones before or after. I am picky that way.


Indeed, you are a fellow with FINE tastes! Wink

I always loved the CROWN buses and their timeless designs; I also loved that it was virtually impossible to tell a 1950 model from a 1980 model! (like the old VW Beetles!) Wink

Of course, these were true "California" buses, and you certainly would not see them here in our area; I also loved that they looked more like a 1950's-era highway bus, versus a "typical" school bus.

Back in the day, school buses were quite popular in toy form, replicated in tin, plastic, and die cast (LINDBERGH also offered a "mini" plastic kit for a school bus, back in the 60's); I know because I have several dozen vintage toy school buses in my collection today...... Very Happy

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