The "t" series scenicruisers were converted to 47-passenger configuration and renumbered with small letter ‘t’ suffix, and used exclusively for special service from San Francisco Airport/Terminal to Travis Air Force Base at Fairfield (Calif), late 1960s thru end of service.
Greyhound added 2 more 4501s to the Travis pool, 8008 and 8009 about a year later.
Also of note: 8000T-8007T were the first 4501s reseated to 47 passenger capacity by Greyhound.
This was done at WGL’s big SF shops around 1966.
They needed high capacity buses for this route because of all the G.I.s that were going overseas and returning from Vietnam and other countries in the far east during the Vietnam war.
They operated hourly service on the route 24/7and even with 47 passenger buses many times they still had to double many of the schedules, usually with mainline 4104s or MC-5s.
Travis AFB was a MAC (Military Airlift Command, which was in effect the government’s own scheduled airline) terminal back then and may still be.
What is even more interesting was the Travis-SF-SFO route was the biggest revenue route for WGL back then and it was not a Greyhound route.
For the hound to reach Travis AFB from I-80 they had to operate through Fairfield over territory of Vaca Valley Bus Lines which had exclusive rights to serve Travis AFB.
Greyhound made an agreement with Vaca Valley to pay them a commission for every passenger transported over that route.
Vaca Valley had a charter business in addition to their local transit routes in Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville and with the significant revenue they received from Greyhound soon began buying newer and then new GM buses for their charter fleet.
(Background courtesy of Ron Medaglia)
Known "t" series scenicruisers:
Greyhound Motors and Supply GX-2
Gasparilla Festival & Parade — Florida Demo Tour
Great Lakes Greyhound G-7483
Tampa, Florida — Eli Witt Cigar Co. — Demo Tour
Bus was retired in 1957, sold 1958 to Ralph Marterie.
Ralph Marterie Orchestra
Blue Ridge Quartet (Spartanburg, SC)
Reportedly in a junkyard in Tennessee for many years.
Report received 11/24/05 that roof collapsed.
Bus has reportedly been sent to the shredder to prevent anyone from getting injured.
Greyhound Motors and Supply
Full size clay mock-up, non-operational.
GM Styling Photo at Pontiac, Michigan.
Pattern for 1953 EXP-331 Prototype.
Destroyed by GM Styling Division
Date and details unknown.
Emergency Rear Door Prototype
Also known as GM EXP 331, Built 1953
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-2267
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-6464
Southeastern Greyhound Lines M-5399
Southern Greyhound Lines 5399
Still on Greyhound Roster Spring 1974.
Owner: Gordon Phalzgraf, Belpre, Ohio
Phalzgraf owns ((pd-4501-536|pd-4501-536)), ((pd-4501-997|pd-4501-997)), and ((pd-4501-1001|pd-4501-1001)).
Good condition, but no powerpack. Searching for one.
Currently under discussions to be brought into Chicagoland Historical Bus Museum.
Bus to remain as seated coach when completed.
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-2266
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-6463
Southeastern Greyhound Lines M-5398
Southern Greyhound Lines 5398
Unknown Bus Company
Missing Photo: Photo taken Oct. 15, 1982 at Washington, DC
Owner: Commonwealth Coach & Trolley Museum
Status: Recently acquired, rough shape, no engine.
CC&T is the Official Transit Museum of Virginia, located in Roanoke, and operates to serve non-profit groups after restorations take place.
They currently have over two dozen buses in their collection, including ((pd-4501-0572|pd-4501-0572)).
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-2265
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-6462
Southeastern Greyhound Lines M-5397
Southern Greyhound Lines 5397
The Spurrlows Gospel Choir? (1968-1975)
Confirmed this group owned a "double decker bus".
On tour to High Schools nationwide as part of Chrysler sponsored tour to promote driver education.
Bus followed by semi and cars with Chrysler logos, publicity shots feature truck, not bus, as found so far.
Missing Photo: Photo taken in 1974 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-2264
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-6461
Southeastern Greyhound Lines M-5396
Southern Greyhound Lines 5396
Deluxe Motor Stages (Detroit, MI)
Missing Photo: Photo and unknown location and date.
Bus was eventually involved in a front-end collision.
Preserved as MC-9 Mule
Owner Unknown, Location Unknown.
Missing Photo: View of Front End Capped with Modern MC-9 Parts
Missing Photo: View of Rear End Capped with Modern MC-9 Parts
Missing Photo: Interior lower-deck view, modern seat styling
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-2263
Atlantic Greyhound Lines A-6460
Southeastern Greyhound Lines M-5395
Southern Greyhound Lines 5395
Owner: Gordon Phalzgraf, Belpre, Ohio
Good condition, but no powerpack.
Bus to remain as seated coach.
Phalzgraf owns ((pd-4501-0536|pd-4501-0536)), ((pd-4501-997|pd-4501-997)), and ((pd-4501-1001|pd-4501-1001)).
Owner: Zeb Aaron, Mounds, Oklahoma