Buses At UtahRails
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This page was last updated on February 20, 2020.
Andre Kristopans Data
Andre's Bus and Transit Data -- A separate index page for bus and transit systems compiled by Andre Kristopans
Buses On The World Wide Web
Motor Bus Society -- An group founded in 1948 to preserve, collect and publish information about the history and development of the bus industry in North America; publishes Motor Coach Age magazine.
Bus Rosters On The Web -- A. J. Reinschmidt's excellent source for bus information. (archived from the original GeoCities site)
Bus Production Lists -- Bus rosters published by Ohio Museum of Transportation.
Buses In Utah
Buses In Utah -- Information about buses and bus terminals in Utah. Includes links to PDF versions of four articles from Motor Coach Age magazine.
UTA Buses -- Information about the history of Utah Transit Authority's transit bus system, and how the old Utah Light & Traction electrified trolley buses, and later Salt Lake City Lines gasoline and diesel buses, evolved into today's Utah Transit Authority public transit system for northern Utah.
Union Pacific Buses
Union Pacific Buses -- Information about Union Pacific's four bus subsidiary companies, Union Pacific Stages, Inc., Interstate Transit Lines (with C&NW), Union Pacific Stage Co., and Utah Parks Co. Includes links to PDF versions of three articles from Motor Coach Age magazine.
GM/Yellow Coach "Old Look" Buses at Wikipedia -- Wikipedia article about GM's "Old Look" buses, manufactured from 1940 through the early 1960s.
GM/Yellow Coach "Old Look" production -- Production of U. S. models of GM "Old Look" buses, at Ohio Museum of Transportation
GM "New Look" Buses at Wikipedia -- Wikipedia article about GM's "New Look" buses, manufactured from 1959 through 1986.
GM "New Look" U. S. Production -- Production of U. S. models of GM "New Look" buses, at Ohio Museum of Transportation
GM RTS Wikipedia article -- GM's Rapid Transit Series (1977-1987); sold to TMC in 1987
Classic Transit Bus Wikipedia article -- The Classic transit bus was built by GM in both the U.S. and Canada from 1983 to 1987, then by MCI in 1987-1993, then by Novabus in 1993-1997.
GM Model Codes -- A listing of the model codes used by GM.
GM PD-series Parlor Buses -- A production listing of GM PD-series Parlor Buses, compiled by Andre Kristopans.
GM Coach Division History -- A narrative history of GM's Coach Division (from the TTMG Wiki; no longer available, link to Wayback Machine at Archive.org)
Flyer and New Flyer
Flxible Buses at Wikipedia -- Wikipedia article about Flxible buses.
Flxible Owners International -- Information about Flxible buses.
Flxible Buses -- Information about Flxible buses at Flxible.net.
Flxible Buses -- Information about Flxible buses, compiled by Dr. Robert Ebert, Professor of Economics at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Flxible Buses -- Information about Flxible buses at CoachInfo.com.
Ikarus at World Bus Explorer -- Includes information for buses built in U.S. (BusExplorer web site no longer available; link to the WayBack machine at Archive.org)
Ikarus and North American Bus Industries history (Spanish language; use Google Chrome to translate)
Not to be confused with...
Ikarbus (Serbia) Wikipedia article -- Started building buses under Ikarus name in 1954; became Ikarbus in 1992 to avoid confusion with the reorganized Ikarus of Hungary. (This is a totally different company than those mentioned above.)
NovaBus Wikipedia article -- Built GM's RTS design after TMC sold the design in 1993.
TMC Wikipedia article -- Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) -- A Wikipedia article explaining the 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) system adopted as an ISO standard in 1979, and adopted in North America in 1981. This VIN system is shown on all of the above bus production lists for buses built after 1981.
VIN Data -- A defunct web site archived at Angelfire.com, with VIN data (including buses).
VIN Check Digit Calculator -- Enter a 17-digit VIN, with an x in the 9th position. Then use the validated VIN in other VIN decoders. Some have bus data. (WikiBooks article about the VIN Check Sum Digit)
The following is excerpted from Steve Parkin's "New Look" article at Barp.ca:
General Motors "New Look" buses were the workhorses of most North American Transit Systems starting late in 1959 until the late 1980's in the U.S.A. This style of bus started a whole generation of new designs from several manufacturers, all following the basic new look style - larger windows on these buses set them all apart from buses produced in what became known as the Old Look style. Incidentally, General Motors continued to produce a small capacity Old Look bus for another 10 years after the start of the New Look's production. These were all US built, and in 1969 a 29 foot version of the New Look, also US built, replaced them.
The original production began in late 1959 at Pontiac, Michigan, with model TDH-5301, a 40' by 102" bus. Some of these early US built buses were imported by Canadian customers through Diesel Division of General Motors of Canada. In 1961, a second production line was started at London, Ontario. The TDH-5301 was also the first model built in Canada. These buses were produced in several lengths, 29, 35 and 40 feet. Depending on the model, available widths were 96 inches or 102 inches. There were "Transit" versions as well as a "Suburban" version that featured high back seats, overhead luggage racks and optional under floor luggage bays. These were also geared more for highway speeds whereas the Transit versions were built for stop and go city driving. The Suburban version typically only had a front door, although the basic body style was the same for all models. US production ended in 1977 but continued in Canada until 1986.