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People's Rapid Transit: 1936

People's Rapid Transit: 1936

Washington, D.C., 1936. "Bus transportation -- Greyhound Lines motor coach to New York." 4x5 inch glass negative, Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.


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Yellow Coach didn't actually go out of business

In 1925, GM bought a controlling interest in the company, which explains the GM engine used in this model. In 1943, GM completely bought out the company and folded it into the GM Truck Division, but continued to build Yellow Coach models under the GM name. For example, the so called "old-look" transit bus brought out by Yellow Coach in 1940 was sold up until 1959, but as a GM model after 1943.

Interurban Allstars

This is a Yellow Coach Model 719 which was built exclusively for Greyhound . There were 329 built starting in 1936 . It featured an advanced configuration of a rear engine ( 6 cylinder 707 GM gas ) plus underfloor luggage compartments . In 1937 it was replaced by Model 743 which was the same chassis and body . Improvements were a diesel engine and air conditioning . It was a big hit with 1296 built . Yellow Coach went out of business in 1943 , its factory was probably put to good use for the war effort .

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That RF tire might need balancing or the front-end could be a little misaligned; should make it to New York though.

Same Location, Different Bus

Based on the curved bay on the building behind the bus this is the same location as the previous bus image. It appears that the bus in the previous image is still there and just visible behind the foreground bus.

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