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Historic Bus To Enter Service

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The PBM's vintage 1958 General Motors TDH4512, restored in a livery recalling San Francisco's Market Street Railway, will start operating on Sundays in the Niles area of Fremont, CA. carrying passengers between historic Niles and the nearby Niles Canyon Railway train boarding area.

The start of the vintage bus operation will co-inside with the arrival of Niles Canyon Railway Trains in Niles the same day. This long planned service will start February 19 and operate from 10:30AM to 3:00PM on most Sundays. Visitors to the Niles area as well as train passengers can board the bus at several stops along Niles Blvd. for a trip through historic Niles to the nearby train boarding area before returning to Niles Blvd. For a trip back in time ride the vintage TDH4512 and experience the sights and sounds of a classic GM 1950's era diesel bus.

The PBM's GM TDH 4512,  Unitrans #4507, originally Sacramento Transit Authority #128 at the PBM yard in Fremont, CA.   R. Silagi photo

A view of the body preparation.  David Chen photo

Rick Green of Coach Specialties in Alameda, CA prepares the body of the bus for painting.

PBM member David Norris wires speakers for the P.A. system installed in the bus.

Nearly finished the bus was lettered Niles Coach Lines and was renumbered back to its original Sacramento fleet number #128. David Chen photo

The new livery showing the Market Street Railway "zip" stripe is visible in this photo.

 

This page updated on February 05, 2008

 

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