Long-distance bus for 1940s or 1950s

Long-distance bus for 1940s or 1950s

Postby Arseny » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:01 am

I have a question about American buses of 1950s. Maybe somebody can help?

Maybe I'll be able to get a bonnet International bus of the late 1940s, something like this one:

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So I wonder, what color scheme and type of usage was more typical for such buses in 1950s?

Maybe school bus? Like this one?

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1948 KB-6 International School bus by grizfan, on Flickr

Or maybe some private/corporate bus?
Or long-distance, inter-city bus?

Were such buses in use for long-distance service in 1950s? If yes, what color scheme?
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Re: Long-distance bus for 1940s or 1950s

Postby railtwister » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:52 am

Hi Arseny,

I'm certainly no bus expert, but in South Florida, most long distance buses were of rear engine design after WWII. City buses too, for that matter. About the only buses to use the long-nose front engine design were school buses, which almost always were painted the chrome yellow color as shown in the picture. Even today, most school buses seem to be front engine designs, but the hoods have gotten much shorter, to the point of almost looking like there is no room for an engine under the hood. The yellow color almost always signifies a school bus, either in active service or one that was purchased used and simply hasn't been repainted. Second-hand school buses still in their yellow color are commonly seen being used for churches, summer camps, for private businesses transporting employees, or even as home-made motor home conversions, though most of those conversions will be repainted, sometimes crudely done even with a brush using flat latex house paint. The military also still uses buses of this configuration, but they are usually seen in different colors, like gray, white or blue. The same goes for departments of corrections buses.

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Re: Long-distance bus for 1940s or 1950s

Postby Arseny » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:56 am

Thank you Bill!

(but what does it mean - "departments of corrections buses" ?.. :think: )

So, I hope, the best decision will be paint it in yellow and use as a school bus, for 1950s!
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Re: Long-distance bus for 1940s or 1950s

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:24 am

Arseny wrote:"departments of corrections buses" ?


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Re: Long-distance bus for 1940s or 1950s

Postby Arseny » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:18 pm

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