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Pacific Greyhound Lines K2305
Western Greyhound Lines P-2305
Western Greyhound Lines 8005
February 1970 at San Francisco, CA Terminal (missing picture)

Western Greyhound 8005t ("t" series designation information)

Melni Charters 4704
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Sale to Pacific Bus Museum (2004)

Restoration Project Underway
Owner: Pacific Bus Museum, California (2007)

The General Motors PD 4501 Greyhound Scenicruiser is now part of the PBM collection. This particular PD 4501, serial 742, has some historical significance to the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally delivered new to Pacific Greyhound Lines in 1955 as K2305, later renumbered to P2305. In 1960 it became Western Greyhound Lines 8005. In the mid-1960s Western Greyhound took 8 Scenicruisers 8000-8007 re-seated them to 47 passengers and used them exclusively on the heavily traveled route between San Francisco-Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA and the San Francisco International Airport where they ran into the 1970s. A small letter “T” was added after the last digit to distinguish them from other Scenicruisers in Western’s fleet.

After a distinguished career for Greyhound the 8005T was sold along with 21 other PD 4501s to Melni Bus Service, a charter operator in Santa Barbara, CA. where it eventually became #4704 for Melni and ran into the 1990s. PBM member Peter Goverchin bought the #4704 along with five other Scenicruisers from Melni in 1998. Financial problems forced Peter to dispose of all of the Melni Scenicruisers including #4704 to a used equipment dealer. After a series of negotiations a deal was finally made to acquire the bus this in the spring of 2003. The PBM is proud to have acquired this “icon” of long distance bus travel with a historical tie to the bay area.

Current Status:

8005 is operable with mechanical and electrical repairs completed in 2004. Extensive restoration of the body began in 2005 at the PBM’s yard in Fremont, CA. This will include repair and placement of some exterior panels.

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