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"It's just a big, boxy, new bus...so what?"
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:36 pm    Post subject: "It's just a big, boxy, new bus...so what?" Reply with quote

Fellows:

Do you remember the first time you caught a glimpse of a GRUMMAN (or later, a METRO, depending upon your territory)?

I must admit that, at the very beginning, I paid little attention to the MTA Grummans, as I was far too enamored with the New Looks that then dominated the fleet.

In all honesty, I really paid the "newcomers" no mind.

In fact, I must be totally honest here, I CHEERED when they were all removed from service, and cheered even louder that tried-and-true "Old School" GMC's and Flexies trekked up in a massive caravan to the Big Apple, ready to go to work, taking up the slack left by the new GRUMMAN buses (I used to call them "Gremlins" to myself! Shocked

(Let me tell you, here and now, my heart softened QUITE a bit, as time went on, regarding these "clunkers"!)

I rode my first NJT METRO about 1983, on the #181 (former TNJ #21); I must admit I was disappointed at not riding home aboard one of my familiar ex-PSNJ Z-300 Fishbowls, but, I tried my best to "warm" to this newcomer, by pretending it was some sort of European demo (that didn't work all that well)

In fact, it would be many years before I DID finally begin to like them, especially some of the second-hand GRUMMANS that were then running for "indy" outfits in my area (one in particular, listing heavily to port, more or less wormed its way into my affections, back around 1993)

As the years went by, I actually found myself LIKING these buses; suddenly, about 15 years ago, they disappeared (and I STILL haven't....and probably WON'T....."warm" up to the replacement NABI;s ("Eskimo Pies" to yours truly!) Laughing

All I can say today, is, "MAN, DO I MISS 'EM!" Sad

Anyway, enjoy another trip back into time..... Wink

"NYO"


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MABSTOA.......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1258

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1259

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1260

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRIBORO........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?4334

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2249

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1394

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

STEINWAY......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1402

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1403

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?412

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GREEN BUS.....

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?498

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?499

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?500

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BEE LINE ("FACE OFF")...........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3763

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JAMAICA........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2798

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?674

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday's commonplace, tomorrow's museum piece........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3058

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3011

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See also........ *

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

(*Note photos of FLXIBLE/ROHR prototype; also, the NYCTM's #236)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HUDSON BUS...... (this "Joisey Boy" knew these buses well!) Wink

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?645

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?646

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LAFAYETTE & GREENVILLE (Jersey City)......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?689

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I'VE BEEN FRAMED"......... Shocked

http://www.curbsideclassic.com/bus-stop-classic/bus-stop-classic-grumman-870flxible-metro-ive-been-framed/

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more MABSTOA "golden oldies"........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3253

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3254

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?3255

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also of interest.....

https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Grumman_Flxible_870
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the day, I'd never have thought that a scene like this could ever be recalled with any sort of nostalgia......

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?502

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