⇒On the home page I mentioned “vecturists.” They’re the men and women who collect transit tokens. If you’d like to learn more about them and this wonderful hobby, here’s the link to their association: American Vecturist Association.
⇒TokenCatalog.com is the place to go if you want to identify a transit token.
⇒As far as I am concerned, the best history anywhere on the Net about The Greyhound Corporation (and all its former operating companies) is a webpage written by Dr. D.B. “Doc” Rushing. He named his webpage Bluehounds and Redhounds the History of Greyhound and Trailways, and it’s worth its weight in gold!
⇒One of the most informative sites on the Net for background info on early passenger rail service and bus lines is Bill Vandervoort’s CHICAGO TRANSIT & RAILFAN WEB SITE.
⇒Here’s a great site if you’re interested in transit fareboxes: The Story of The Johnson Farebox Company.
⇒If you are like a million other public transit enthusiasts, then you have a thing for Greyhound. Here’s a short, but informative website for you: Where Greyhound Got Its Name: The E.C. Ekstrom Story
⇒The Antique Motor Coach Association of Pennsylvania is a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation of Pennsylvania’s unique city bus transportation systems. From the buses to the memories, routes and politics of transit, we record the history to preserve the full story behind the buses that served the area. When you visit, look at the unique “destination board” on the left and click on “Transit History” to find some very detailed Pennsylvania bus histories.
⇒JON’S TRAILWAYS HISTORY CORNER A very informative site for those interested in the history of Trailways. The website’s owner, Jon Hobijn, writes: “This website came about as a result of my participation in an internet group called ‘Trailways_Bus_Drivers’. In the course of our discussions about Trailways and it’s history, the list owner, Charles Wiggins, began to nudge me towards writing down what our past was. At first I doubted that many people were interested, but Charles pointed out that a historical record didn’t exist, and because my skills on the computer are limited, he designed and built this site to encourage me.”
⇒You may find this Wikipedia article helpful for locating info on US transit systems currently in operation: List of bus transit systems in the United States
⇒ Here’s another Wikipedia article that will prove helpful, if you need info about trolleys in the USA: A list of trolleybus systems in the United States.
⇒“The MOTOR BUS SOCIETY was founded in 1948 as the National Motor Bus Association. The purpose of the organization then, as it is now, is the collection and publication of information about the history and development of the bus industry in North America. Motor Bus Society members includes industry professionals, students and members of the general public who have an interest in bus transportation industry and bus equipment.
“As a member of the Motor Bus Society, you will receive our quarterly publication, Motor Coach Age. Selected back issues of Motor Coach Age and Motor Coach Today (no longer published) are still available for purchase. Just let us know if you wish to purchase back issues.
“Now in our 69th year with over 600+ members in the US, Canada and abroad! We invite you to become a member of the MBS. In the meantime, enjoy our website, which offers photos of bus equipment and summaries of current issues of Motor Coach Age and past issues of Motor Coach Today.”
⇒If you’ve ever wondered why, in just a few short years, America’s streetcar system simply ceased to be, then you should read Revisiting the Great American Streetcar Scandal.
⇒COACHBUILT is a webpage dedicated to the history of companies that manufactured a variety of vehicles. Of interest to this page is the section on buses and bus bodies. Also included are pages on carriages and wagon builders, automobiles and automobile bodies, taxis, hearses, firetrucks, etc. It’s one of those sites I’ve often used for background info on this page!
⇒In case you didn’t know, there are other transit-type badges out there sought by collectors. If you’re interested in collecting and/or identifying chauffeur / motor coach / or bus driver badges, this is a great link to help identify these wonderful transit relics.
⇒Just for fun, here’s something worth looking at: Abandoned: Vintage Buses and Trolleys Discovered inside a Forgotten Tunnel .
⇒A great collection of Greyhound and other bus photos. Don’s Greyhound Bus Memories
⇒ Another great collection of Greyhound photos, plus some good history. The Old Motor Go Greyhound – Photos And Film Of The Bus Line Part I
⇒There are some interesting vintage film clips about public transit found on You Tube. Here are a few that I like:
⇒ The Timetable Trust® Catalog of Public Railway Timetables. Just as the name of the site says, the National Assn. of Timetable Collectors presents a wealth of original railway timetables, including many streetcar timetables from a lot of different US cities!
⇒A really neat on-line store for badge collectors of all kinds, is Flying Tiger Antiques. This site not only sells badges, it’s a good place for researching!
⇒If you’re interested in Chattanooga, Tennessee transit history (and other towns in this part of Tennessee), then David Steinberg: History Of Chattanooga Motor Coach Development is a wonderful place to start!
⇒I‘ve always been amazed at the skills displayed by professional drivers at state, regional and national bus roadeo competitions. Here’s a video of a Washington state driver, who has won numerous roadeo trophies, practicing for an upcoming bus roadeo: Lloyd Eisenman Practicing at Jefferson Transit Park& Ride
⇒For those of you interested in New York City public transportation, Peyton sent this this link: Brief History of New York City Transportation.
⇒The folks at Local 20/20 are a non-profit group in East Jefferson County, Washington, actively driving a variety of projects in the arena of local self-reliance and sustainability, as well as partnering with other community nonprofits and civic organizations. One of their chief concerns is public transportation as a way to help preserve the environment. For a detailed history of Jefferson Transit, in Jefferson County, Washington, click this link: Meet Me At The Bus Stop: 125 Years of Public Transit in Jefferson County, Washington.
⇒If you like transit history and happen to love all things UK, then you’ll fall in love with this site: British Tramway Company Badges and Buttons “A reference site for collectors and historians.” The site is maintained by Ashley Birch (High Peak, UK) and is a treasure trove of information, photos and so much more. Highly recommended!
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